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Monday, July 14, 2014 07:25 AM

By conservative estimates, the global clinical research industry has experienced an 18% annual growth rate in recent years, spurred by lower labor costs, less competition and larger numbers of treatment-naïve patients in emerging markets.

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Prostrakan to acquire Archimedes

Friday, July 11, 2014 11:26 AM

ProStrakan Group, a subsidiary of global specialty pharmaceutical company Kyowa Hakko Kirin (KHK), has entered into an agreement with Novo, a private limited liability company fully owned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, to purchase the entire share capital of Archimedes Pharma for $394 million in cash.

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Scott Storrer to join Strand Life Sciences as president of North America

Friday, July 11, 2014 10:03 AM

Strand Life Sciences has added Scott Storrer, former president and CEO of Genomind, as Strand Life Sciences president of North America.

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PPD wins awards for multimedia promoting the value of clinical trials

Friday, July 11, 2014 08:58 AM

CRO Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) has been recognized with awards for excellence in multimedia and digital communications that demonstrate the importance of clinical research in developing life-changing medical treatments. PPD recently earned four Telly Awards and three Web Health Awards.

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CardioCell begins phase IIa trial using itMSC therapy for chronic heart failure

Thursday, July 10, 2014 02:37 PM

CardioCell, a Stemedica Cell Technologies subsidiary that creates allogeneic stem-cell therapies for cardiovascular indications, has started its phase IIa clinical trial for chronic heart failure (HF) patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy.

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Baxter acquires AesRx

Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:51 PM

Baxter International has acquired AesRx, a private U.S. biopharmaceutical company focused on orphan drug targets, including the development and commercialization of Aes-103, an investigational prophylactic treatment for sickle cell disease (SCD).

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NeoGenomics completes acquisition of Path Logic

Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:37 PM

NeoGenomics, a provider of cancer-focused genetic testing services, has acquired Path Labs (Path Logic). Path Logic is a provider of specialized anatomic pathology services to hospitals and physicians in Northern California. Path Logic provides anatomic pathology services with experience in renal pathology, dermatopathology, women's health and gastrointestinal and genitourinary pathology.

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Salix Pharmaceuticals, Cosmo Technologies to merge

Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:33 PM

Salix Pharmaceuticals will merge with Cosmo Technologies, a subsidiary of Italy-based Cosmo Pharmaceuticals. Salix will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Irish-domiciled Cosmo Tech, which will change its name to Salix Pharmaceuticals.

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VC investment in healthcare sector soars in second quarter

Thursday, July 10, 2014 06:03 AM

More than 50% of all initial public offerings in the second quarter of 2014 were healthcare companies, as 24 venture capital-backed firms became publicly traded, compared to a more robust first quarter of 35 IPOs. 

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Sorrento awarded up to $2.6M from NIH for bispecific antibodies

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:12 PM

Sorrento Therapeutics, a late-stage clinical oncology company developing new treatments for cancer and its associated pain, has received two NIH small business grants, which will fund the development of bispecific antibodies for two of its anti-bacterial immunotherapies. Sorrento's highly diverse, fully human G-MAB library and proprietary antibody conjugation technology platforms have broad applications beyond oncology, including other therapeutic areas such as anti-infectives and auto-immune diseases.

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