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RB to invest $170M to build U.K. R&D center

Monday, July 28, 2014 02:59 PM

RB, a global consumer health and hygiene company formerly called Reckitt Benckiser, will invest $170 millionin its consumer health R&D operations with the creation of a state-of-the-art Center of Scientific Excellence to be based in the U.K.

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Xention awarded $2.4M from Technology Strategy Board for atrial fibrillation medicines

Monday, July 28, 2014 02:56 PM

Xention, a Cambridge-based biopharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery and development of ion channel-modulating drugs, was awarded $2.4 million from the Technology Strategy Board, a U.K. innovation agency, to progress its novel IKAChchannel blockers through preclinical development.

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Accovion continues expansion of European presence

Monday, July 21, 2014 03:14 PM

Germany-based CRO Accovion has expanded its European presence. The company, already active in more than 20 countries, has established a subsidiary in Milan, Italy, naming Verónica de Lázaro country director.

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AstraZeneca reveals designs for new U.K. global R&D center, corporate headquarters

Monday, July 21, 2014 03:03 PM

AstraZeneca revealed its proposed designs for its new global R&D center and corporate headquarters in Cambridge, U.K. The facility, which will be located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC), includes the global center, an R&D enabling building and an energy center.

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Seven U.K. research councils collaborate on antimicrobial resistance

Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:50 PM

The Medical Research Council (MRC) will lead an initiative of seven research councils, backed by eight government bodies and the Wellcome Trust, to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on all fronts. The seven research councils are the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, MRC, Natural Environment Research Council and Science and Technology Facilities Council.

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Report: U.K. cancer patients face increasing coverage restrictions

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 01:18 PM

New research results quantify the extent to which centralized value assessments by the U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) lead to coverage denials and patient access restrictions to new drugs and biologics. The analysis, conducted by Context Matters, a healthcare information and data analytics technology platform company, and sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), shows use of centralized cost-effectiveness standards by NICE and similar appraisals in other countries limit patients’ access to new cancer treatments, which evolve rapidly and are increasingly personalized. 

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Analysis finds NHS could experience funding crisis before general election

Friday, July 11, 2014 11:26 AM

According to the Nuffield Trust, the NHS is poorly placed to deal with continuing austerity and could experience a funding crisis before the 2015 General Election. A new panel of 100 health and social care leaders also have raised concerns about the future sustainability of the NHS and social care. The Nuffield Trust’s Health and Social Care Leaders’ panel is a survey of NHS and social care professionals' views on the NHS and the social care system in England, and how it should be developed beyond the 2015 general election.  

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EMA recommends 39 medicines for marketing authorization in first half of 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014 11:25 AM

Thirty-nine medicines for human use were recommended for marketing authorization by the EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) in the first half of 2014, compared with 44 in first half of 2013 and 33 in first half of 2012.

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EMA’s clinical trial data policy delayed until October

Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:53 PM

The management board of the EMA has postponed formal adoption of the policy on publication of clinical trial data until its Oct. 2 meeting. Further clarifications on wording and practical arrangements will be discussed by board members, who have confirmed their general support of the overall aim and objectives of the policy, including the more user-friendly amendments proposed by Guido Rasi, EMA executive director, that would allow data to be downloaded, saved or printed for academic and non-commercial research purposes.

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Prescriptions in England up 60%, but costs up only 15% since 2003

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:10 PM

The number of prescription items dispensed in England has increased by 58.5% since 2003, according to a new Health and Social Care Information Center (HSCIC) analysis. Over 1.03 billion items were prescribed in 2013, compared to 649.7 million in 2003.

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