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Study: Medication nonadherence a barrier to long-term health and public safety

Friday, November 7, 2014 01:22 PM

One out of four samples collected from patients with serious mental illness (SMI) did not contain the prescribed antipsychotic medication, according to clinical research from Ameritox's Ingenuity Health, a Baltimore, Md.-based provider of monitoring solutions to behavioral health clinicians. Coupled with nearly 40% of samples testing positive for illicit drugs or non-prescribed medications, the study illustrates the pervasiveness of medication nonadherence among those with SMI and highlights the potential barriers to long-term health and public safety.

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Leading BioSciences submits compassionate use IND for Ebola-related shock

Friday, November 7, 2014 01:03 PM

Leading BioSciences, a clinical-stage, platform pharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies and diagnostics to treat and halt multi-organ failure resulting from shock, has submitted an expanded access Investigational New Drug application (IND) with the FDA— also known as "compassionate use"—for its lead product LB1148.

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Lexicon expands management

Thursday, November 6, 2014 03:13 PM

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals has announced management additions directed toward the completion of phase III development and commercial preparations for telotristat etiprate in carcinoid syndrome and preparation for phase III initiation and commercial readiness for sotagliflozin (LX4211) in type 1 diabetes.

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Study: Large enterprises view business transformation as essential

Thursday, November 6, 2014 12:41 PM

Continual business transformation is crucial for companies to stay ahead of emerging players and maintain a competitive edge. From bringing new offerings to market to deploying IT systems to major capital expenditures, business transformation can take countless forms. Many large institutions, however, are struggling with their transformation efforts, according to a study from Oracle, a multinational computer technology corporation headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., and Forbes.

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Takara Bio selects Genedata software to automate, standardize NGS data analysis

Thursday, November 6, 2014 12:35 PM

Takara Bio, a global biotechnology company based in Shiga, Japan, has chosen Genedata Expressionist for Genomic Profiling as its key software platform for next-generation sequencing (NGS) data. Genedata, headquartered in Switzerland, is a provider of advanced software solutions for drug discovery and life science research.

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DaVita Clinical Research, St. Anthony Hospital collaborate

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 01:57 PM

DaVita Clinical Research (DCR), a Minneapolis, Minn.-based specialty CRO, now can offer its sponsors increased patient access, on-site ancillary services and specialty physician experience in key therapeutic areas through a partnership with St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colo. 

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MedImmune acquires Definiens, strengthens immuno-oncology capabilities

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:55 PM

AstraZeneca’s global biologics R&D arm MedImmune has entered into an agreement to acquire Germany-based Definiens, a privately held company focused on imaging and data analysis technology, known as Tissue Phenomics, which dramatically improves the identification of biomarkers in tumor tissue.

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Proteostasis Therapeutics, Astellas form $1.2B collaboration

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:54 PM

Proteostasis Therapeutics, a Cambridge, Mass.-based company developing novel therapeutics to address diseases caused by defects in protein folding, trafficking and clearance, and Astellas Pharma have entered into a worldwide R&D collaboration for therapeutic candidates that modulate the unfolded protein response (UPR) through the use of Proteostasis Therapeutics’ proprietary Disease Relevant Translation (DRT) and Proteostasis Network platform.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb signs option agreement to acquire Galecto Biotech

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:50 PM

Bristol-Myers Squibb has entered into an agreement with the exclusive option to acquire Denmark’s Galecto Biotech and gain worldwide rights to its lead asset TD139, a novel inhaled inhibitor of galectin-3 in phase I development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and other pulmonary fibrotic conditions. Total aggregate payments under the agreement have the potential to reach $444 million, which includes the option fee, an option exercise fee and subsequent clinical and regulatory milestone payments.

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DSG, OPKO Health ink agreement for trial management solution

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:50 PM

OPKO Health, a multinational pharmaceutical and diagnostics company, has selected Malvern, Pa.-based DSG’s eCaseLink integrated suite for self-building of harmonized electronic data capture (EDC), IWRS, drug safety event capture and case reporting and CTMS systems. DSG’s team will support the OPKO team and their site users.

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