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ACRO holds initial meeting of CRO Forum

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 01:21 PM

The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) has held the inaugural meeting of the CRO Forum in Washington, D.C. The Forum was established last October as the primary vehicle for interaction between the CRO industry and TransCelerate BioPharma.

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BRANY earns five-year AAHRPP accreditation

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 01:20 PM

BRANY has successfully continued its full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). The five-year accreditation reflects BRANY’s continuing commitment to protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. AAHRPP’s accreditation process helps organizations consistently meet ethical principles and standards for protecting research participants.

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Qiagen, Tokai Pharmaceuticals partner

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 01:18 PM

Qiagen, a Netherlands-based holding company, has partnered with Germany-based Tokai Pharmaceuticals to combine new circulating tumor cells (CTCs) technology with a molecular assay to co-develop and commercialize a companion diagnostic for Tokai's novel drug compound galeterone, which is in late-stage clinical trials for treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). The non-invasive test will determine the expression of the AR-V7 biomarker, which in recent studies demonstrated potential utility to guide therapy choice in CRPC patients.

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NantWorks, Sorrento collaborate on novel anti-cancer immunotherapies

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 01:16 PM

NantWorks, an umbrella organization developing of next generation diagnostics and therapeutics, and Sorrento Therapeutics, an oncology company, have entered into a binding agreement to initiate a global collaboration to discover and develop novel anti-cancer immunotherapies derived from Sorrento's proprietary G-MAB library against neoepitopes of tumor-specific antigens discovered using NantWorks' proprietary pan-omics based, precision medicine approach.

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Kite Pharma acquires T-Cell Factory for $21M

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 01:14 PM

Kite Pharma, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing engineered autologous T cell therapy (eACT) products based on CAR and TCR gene therapy platforms for the treatment of cancer, acquired T-Cell Factory (TCF), a privately held Dutch company, which has been renamed Kite Pharma E.U.

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$100M invested in new Dementia Discovery fund

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 01:11 PM

The U.K. government has announced over $100 million will be invested in a pioneering new global Dementia Discovery Fund. Major pharmaceutical companies Biogen Idec, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & JohnsonEli Lilly and Pfizer have all committed in principle to investing in the project, alongside Alzheimer's Research U.K. and the U.K. government.

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Cloud Pharmaceuticals, University of Florida collaborate

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 01:09 PM

Cloud Pharmaceuticals, a Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based therapeutics company focused on cloud-based drug design and development, and the University of Florida’s department of medicine have announced an academic collaboration to help rapidly design and develop novel drugs to inhibit the reproduction of cancer cells.

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Study: How much should cancer drugs cost?

Monday, March 16, 2015 01:54 PM

The true cost of cancer drugs is 30% less than a decade ago, once longevity and quality of life are considered, according to a Cornell University researchers based on a study, A Quality-Adjusted Price Index for Colorectal Cancer Drugs, released by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

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Report: Clinical trial sponsors fail to report results to participants, public

Monday, March 16, 2015 01:52 PM

Despite legal and ethical mandates for disclosure, results from most clinical trials of medical products are not reported promptly on a registry specifically created to make results of human studies publicly available, according to Duke Medicine researchers.

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Second Genome, Evotec to collaborate in microbiome discovery and development

Monday, March 16, 2015 01:47 PM

Evotec, a drug discovery alliance and development partnership company based in Germany, and Second Genome, a South San Francisco-based therapeutic developer, are collaborating on small molecule-based discovery and development activities for the treatment of microbiome-mediated diseases.

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