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Report: Type 2 diabetes population to expand in China

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 01:01 PM

For the treatment of type 2 diabetes in China, patient access to premium-priced agents is impeded as not all patients can afford these drugs, Burlington, Mass.-based Decision Resources Group has found. The National Reimbursement Drug List was last updated in 2009, and several antidiabetic drug classes (e.g. DPP-IV inhibitors and GLP-1 receptor agonist) are not covered, as they were only approved for use in China after 2009.

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Recipharm acquires Flamel Technologies facility in France

Monday, December 1, 2014 12:57 PM

Recipharm, a contract development and manufacturing organization based in Sweden, will purchase Flamel Technologies’ development and manufacturing facility in Pessac, France. Recipharm also will provide development and manufacturing support to Flamel under a long-term services agreement.

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Accovion launches new subsidiary in France

Monday, December 1, 2014 12:52 PM

Accovion, an independent, European, full-service CRO headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, has established a new subsidiary in Lyon, France, as it continues its expansion across Europe. Together with offices in Italy, Poland, Russia, Romania, Spain, Czech Republic and the U.K., Accovion now is able to present itself with eight subsidiaries and overall coverage of 20 European countries.

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Cancer Research U.K., AstraZeneca to collaborate

Monday, December 1, 2014 12:48 PM

AstraZeneca and Cancer Research U.K. have signed a memorandum of understanding through which Cancer Research U.K. drug discovery investigators would be given access to state-of-the-art drug discovery facilities at the new AZ MRC U.K. Center for Lead Discovery to be built in Cambridge.

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Cell Therapy Catapult, partners launch U.K. database of research funding

Monday, November 24, 2014 02:50 PM

The Cell Therapy Catapult, focused on the development of the U.K. cell therapy industry, has collaborated with the U.K. Regenerative Medicine Platform, the Knowledge Transfer Network and the Association of Medical Research Charities to develop a database of U.K. cell therapy research funding.

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Innovate U.K., Medical Research Council award $47.1M

Monday, November 24, 2014 02:37 PM

Innovate U.K. and the Medical Research Council have awarded over $47.1 million in new funding through the Biomedical Catalyst, part of the U.K. government’s life sciences strategy.

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U.K. launches Innovative Medicines Review

Friday, November 21, 2014 11:27 AM

The U.K. government is launching an Innovative Medicines Review, which will consider how to speed up patient access to cost-effective and innovative medicines, devices and diagnostics.

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EMA revises policy on conflicts of interest

Friday, November 21, 2014 11:19 AM

The EMA has published its revised policy on handling declarations of interests for scientific committee members and experts. The revisions reflect a more balanced approach to handling conflicts of interests that aims to effectively restrict the involvement of experts with possible conflicts of interests in the agency’s work, while maintaining EMA’s ability to access the best available expertise.

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Neuro-MAP, MRC Technology to jumpstart drug development for brain diseases

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 02:18 PM

Drugs for brain diseases such as dementia, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s, which have stalled in development, could be revived thanks to up to $47.1 million in funding and resources from a global coalition of charities and funders. The Neurodegeneration Medicines Acceleration Program (Neuro-MAP), led by U.K. medical research charity MRC Technology, will help charities and funding bodies identify promising drug projects no longer in development and help scientists take them forward to the next stage.

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Recipharm acquires Lusomedicamenta

Friday, November 14, 2014 02:21 PM

Recipharm, a Swedish pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), has acquired Lisbon, Portugal-based CDMO Lusomedicamenta Sociedade Técnica Farmacêutica.

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