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Amgen submits BLA for evolocumab to the FDA

Thursday, August 28, 2014 02:14 PM

Amgen has submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the FDA for evolocumab seeking approval for the treatment of high cholesterol. Evolocumab is an investigational, fully human monoclonal antibody that inhibits proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9), a protein that reduces the liver's ability to remove low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), or "bad" cholesterol, from the blood.

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NIH releases new priority list of drugs it wants tested in children

Thursday, August 28, 2014 01:09 PM

The NIH has released a new "Priority List" of pediatric therapeutic areas and medical products it wants the medical community—including the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries—to focus on.

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NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing

Thursday, August 28, 2014 01:05 PM

The NIH has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy to promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the privacy of research participants. The final policy was posted in the Federal Register Aug. 26 and published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts Aug. 27.

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FDA advisory committee recommends approval of Tiotropium Respimat COPD

Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:31 AM

The FDA Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee (PADAC) voted (10 yes, three no) t/news-online/company/Boehringer+Ingelheimhat existing data supports approval of Boehringer Ingelheim's investigational tiotropium bromide inhalation spray for long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment of bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema and to reduce exacerbations in COPD patients. If approved by the FDA, the proposed proprietary name for tiotropium bromide inhalation spray will be Spiriva Respimat.

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BARDA extends contract with Cytori for thermal burn treatment

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 01:29 PM

Cytori Therapeutics, a California-based developer of cell therapies based on autologous adipose-derived regenerative cells (ADRCs) to treat cardiovascular disease and other medical conditions, and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, have announced the execution of a contract option to fund the continued investigation and development of Cytori Cell Therapy for use in thermal burn injuries.

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MMS Holdings, Oncology Trials Insights partner on oncology support services

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 01:24 PM

MMS Holdings, a Mississippi-based global CRO that focuses on regulatory submission support, and Oncology Trials Insights (OTI), a Colorado-based organization of oncology key opinion leaders that architect superior clinical trial strategies and facilitate improved decision-making, have partnered to deliver comprehensive oncology support services.

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FDA approves Biogen Idec’s Plegridy for multiple sclerosis

Monday, August 18, 2014 09:13 AM

The FDA has approved Biogen Idec’s Plegridy (peginterferon beta-1a), a new treatment for people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RMS). Plegridy, the only pegylated beta interferon approved for use in RMS, is dosed once every two weeks and can be administered subcutaneously with the Plegridy Pen, a new, ready-to-use autoinjector, or a prefilled syringe.

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FDA approves Avastin to treat aggressive and late-stage cervical cancer

Friday, August 15, 2014 12:43 PM

The FDA has approved a new use for Avastin (bevacizumab) to treat patients with persistent, recurrent or late-stage (metastatic) cervical cancer.

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FDA approves new sleep drug Belsomra

Friday, August 15, 2014 09:17 AM

The FDA has approved Belsomra (suvorexant) tablets for use as needed to treat difficulty in falling and staying asleep (insomnia).

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Igenica Biotherapeutics awarded SBIR grant for antibody drug conjugate technology

Friday, August 8, 2014 01:09 PM

Igenica Biotherapeutics, focused on the discovery and development of innovative cancer antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), has been awarded a $215,740 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to support continued development of its SNAP site-specific ADC linker technology.

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