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Worldwide neuro startup challenge crowdsources 72 new contenders competing to launch new startups around unlicensed NIH inventions

Monday, December 22, 2014 02:33 PM

The largest worldwide, open innovation competition to bring promising brain-related inventions to market is crowdsourcing 72 teams participating from 80 universities, research institutes and hospitals.

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WuXi opening offices in Boston and San Francisco

Monday, December 22, 2014 02:13 PM

CRO WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman), an open-access R&D capability and technology platform company with operations in China and the U.S., will open offices in Boston and San Francisco in early 2015.

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Clinical Trials and the Wisdom of Crowds

Monday, December 22, 2014 06:00 AM

I am writing this column from Basel, Switzerland, where I have been asked to share my experiences in leading innovation with an audience of 300 Roche employees.

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Cromos Pharma launches risk-sharing partnerships program

Friday, December 19, 2014 02:33 PM

Portland, Ore.-based CRO Cromos Pharma, which operates predominantly in Eastern/Central Europe, has implemented a risk-sharing platform partnering with biotech, pharma and device companies with promising drug, biologics or medical device technologies.

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Seven more research organizations earn AAHRPP accreditation

Friday, December 19, 2014 01:02 PM

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has accredited seven more organizations: four in the U.S. and three in Asia, including the first organization in Thailand.

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Roche acquires Bina Technologies, enters genomic informatics market

Friday, December 19, 2014 01:00 PM

Roche has acquired Bina Technologies, a privately held company based in Redwood City, Calif. Bina provides a big data platform for centralized management and processing of next generation sequencing (NGS) data. Bina's proprietary on-market Genomic Management Solution, Bina-GMS, empowers basic, translational and academic researchers to perform fast and scalable analyses to maximize the value of genomic data.

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Merck acquires OncoEthix, a privately-held oncology company

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:06 PM

Merck has acquired, through a subsidiary, OncoEthix, a Swiss-based, privately held biotechnology company specializing in oncology drug development. Merck has gained an investigational, novel oral BET (bromodomain) inhibitor, OTX015, currently in phase Ib studies for the treatment of hematological malignancies and advanced solid tumors.

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RXi Pharmaceuticals, Hapten Pharmaceuticals ink agreement

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:05 PM

RXi Pharmaceuticals, a Marlborough, Mass.,-based biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative therapies addressing major unmet medical needs using RNA-targeted technologies, has entered into an assignment and exclusive global license agreement with Hapten Pharmaceuticals, an early stage dermatology product development company based in New York, for the therapeutic use of Samcyprone.

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Sorrento, Conkwest collaborate for cancer immunotherapies

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:03 PM

Sorrento Therapeutics, an oncology company based in San Diego, Calif., and Conkwest, a Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.-based, privately-held immuno-oncology company developing proprietary Neukoplast (NK-92), a natural killer cell-line based therapy, have entered into a definitive agreement to jointly develop next generation CAR-TNK immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer.

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Lilly, Adocia ink alliance for ultra-rapid insulin based on BioChaperone

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:02 PM

Eli Lilly and Adocia, a France-based clinical-stage biotechnology company, have announced a worldwide licensing collaboration focused on developing an ultra-rapid insulin, known as BioChaperone Lispro, for treatment in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. BioChaperone Lispro relies on Adocia's proprietary BioChaperone technology and currently is in phase Ib studies.

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