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Mosio launches suite of patient recruitment and retention solutions

Monday, June 15, 2015 01:15 PM

Mosio, a San Francisco, Calif.-based life science technology company, has launched a suite of solutions created specifically for each type of organization within the clinical research ecosystem. Mosio’s web-based mobile messaging software services to enhance clinical trial recruitment and retention range from targeted plans for principal investigators and study sites to broad capabilities for CROs and fully customizable solutions for integration into study platforms of study sponsors, patient recruitment firms and trial technology enterprises.

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Veristat expands San Francisco Bay operations

Monday, June 15, 2015 12:56 PM

Veristat, a full service CRO, has opened a new office in San Bruno, Calif. The office will house Veristat’s West Coast operations, and will provide a full range of clinical services to clients developing therapies in all areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical devices.

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What can we do about the gender leadership gap?

Monday, June 15, 2015 08:00 AM

As the spring ends and summer begins, there is a flurry of graduation activities. Observing young adults embarking on their chosen path in life can be both exhilarating and inspiring.

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute spins out new company OmniSeq

Friday, June 12, 2015 12:13 PM

OmniSeq has officially begun its spin out from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and will immediately begin commercializing its suite of innovative products that support a physician-driven, collaborative approach to genomic diagnostics—matching cancer patients to therapies tailored specifically to them. Collectively known as OmniSeq Precision Medicine Technology, OmniSeq provides oncology groups, hospitals and healthcare systems with the first-ever fusion of clinical genomics and a comprehensive information technology solution that provides easy access to actionable insights about their patient’s condition and available treatment options. Like Roswell Park, OmniSeq is based in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation inks 17 collaborations

Friday, June 12, 2015 12:02 PM

Johnson & Johnson Innovation has announced 17 new collaborations with research institutions and healthcare companies, bringing the total number of collaborations formed since the 2013 launch of Johnson & Johnson Innovation to more than 200. Johnson & Johnson Innovation seeks to identify and advance scientific innovation across the Johnson & Johnson segments of Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Consumer businesses.

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Altan Pharma acquires Spain-based pharma GES Group

Friday, June 12, 2015 10:33 AM

Altan Pharma, an Irish specialty pharmaceutical company has acquired a privately held group of Spanish companies, The GES Group. The GES Group develops, manufactures and markets specialty injectable drugs. GES, headquartered in Spain, is comprised of three operating companies: GES Genéricos Españoles Laboratorio, Genfarma Laboratorio and Biomendi. 

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FDA grants Breakthrough designation for Actemra in Systemic Sclerosis

Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:59 PM

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, has announced that the FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation status to Actemra (tocilizumab) for systemic sclerosis, also known as scleroderma. This designation is intended to expedite the development and review of medicines with early signals of potential clinical benefit in serious diseases and to help ensure patients have access to them as soon as possible. Genentech also has initiated a phase III study in systemic sclerosis (NCT02453256), a disease for which there are inadequate treatment options.

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Arrowhead receives Orphan designation for liver disease treatment ARC-AAT

Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:57 PM

The FDA has granted Arrowhead Research’s ARC-AAT Orphan Drug designation. ARC-AAT is Arrowhead’s RNAi-based therapeutic candidate being investigated for the treatment of liver disease associated with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (AATD), a rare genetic disease that severely damages the liver and lungs of affected children and adults. Arrowhead currently is conducting part B of a phase I study of ARC-AAT in patients with PiZZ genotype AATD.

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FDA grants Orphan designation to Agios’ AG-120 for leukemia

Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:56 PM

The FDA has granted Agios Pharmaceuticals’ Orphan Drug designation for AG-120 for treatment of patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). AG-120 is an oral, first-in-class IDH1 mutant inhibitor being evaluated in a phase I clinical trial in patients with advanced hematologic malignancies that carry an IDH1 mutation.

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bluebird bio completes NIH review, moved forward with trial against recommendation

Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:34 PM

bluebird bio, a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic and rare diseases and T cell-based immunotherapies, has completed the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee's (RAC) public review of the HGB-208 pediatric study protocol for bluebird bio's LentiGlobin BB305 product candidate in beta-thalassemia major. The RAC recommendation was to delay initiation of the study in the U.S. for one to two years. This recommendation has no effect on the HGB-207 protocol plan.

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FDA and PatientsLikeMe collaborate to test social media adverse event reporting

Boston-area teaching hospitals launch web portal to attract life science companies

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TransCelerate Biopharma turns three
High-profile consortium has made inroads fixing wasteful practices, but it still has more work ahead

Pharma industry improves its tarnished reputation
Delivering innovation, social responsibility will help rebuild trust

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Job satisfaction mixed as workload increases
Salaries not keeping pace with rise in work, responsibilities

Gamification moving from early science to patient use
Pharma looking to use games for early diagnosis, recruitment, adherence

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