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Report: U.S. prescription drug spending increased 13.1% in 2014

Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:56 PM

New hepatitis C therapies with high price tags and the exploitation of loopholes for compounded medications drove a 13.1% increase in U.S. drug spending in 2014—a rate not seen in more than a decade—according to new data released in the 2014 Express Scripts Drug Trend Report. Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., Express Scripts provides integrated pharmacy-benefit management services.

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Epic Sciences, Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium collaborate

Monday, March 9, 2015 12:22 PM

Epic Sciences, a San Diego, Calif.-based developer of novel diagnostics to personalize and advance the treatment and management of cancer, and the Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium (PCCTC), a consortium for phase I/II and phase II clinical trials in prostate cancer, will collaborate to apply Epic's circulating tumor cell (CTC) technology in multiple investigator-initiated clinical trials to advance the development of new prostate cancer treatments.

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Targacept, Catalyst Biosciences ink merger

Monday, March 9, 2015 12:20 PM

Targacept, a biopharma company based in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Catalyst Biosciences, a privately held biopharma company based in South San Francisco, Calif., have agreed to merge. The combined entity, to be named Catalyst Biosciences, is expected to create a financially strong company to harness the catalytic power of engineered human proteases to develop next-generation biopharmaceuticals with improved efficacy and therapeutic index to treat major diseases.

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FDA approves first biosimilar Zarxio from Sandoz

Friday, March 6, 2015 12:24 PM

Sandoz, a Novartis company, has became the first company to receive approval of a biosimilar in the U.S. through the new FDA biosimilar pathway established under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act.

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Asterias Biotherapeutics initiates trial for complete cervical spinal cord injury

Thursday, March 5, 2015 01:34 PM

Asterias Biotherapeutics, a biotechnology company in the emerging field of regenerative medicine, announced that Atlanta-based Shepherd Center, a rehabilitation hospital for spinal cord injury and brain injury, has commenced enrollment for the phase I/IIa clinical trial of AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells) in newly injured patients with sensory and motor complete cervical spinal cord injury (SCI).

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Mayo Clinic, Gentag to develop wireless sensors for treatment of obesity and diabetes

Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:35 PM

Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit organization based in Rochester, Minn., and Gentag, a wearable biosensor company based in Washington, D.C., have reached an agreement to develop the next generation of wearable biosensors designed to fight obesity and diabetes.

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FDA launches drug shortages mobile app

Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:34 PM

The FDA has launched the agency’s first mobile application specifically designed to speed public access to valuable information about drug shortages. The app identifies current drug shortages, resolved shortages and discontinuations of drug products.

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation opens JLABS @South San Francisco

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 01:30 PM

Johnson & Johnson Innovation has opened JLABS @South San Francisco (JLABS @SSF), a 30,000-square-foot incubator located in South San Francisco, Calif. The Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS site can accommodate up to 50 startups from across the healthcare spectrum including biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health. 

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Cardinal Health to acquire Johnson & Johnson’s Cordis

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 01:18 PM

Johnson & Johnson has received a binding offer from Cardinal Health, a healthcare services company based in Dublin, Ohio, to acquire its Cordis business for an aggregate value of $1.99 billion, consisting of $1.944 billion of cash proceeds from Cardinal Health plus approximately $46 million of retained net receivables. Cordis is a developer and manufacturer of interventional vascular technology with 2014 net revenues of approximately $780 million.

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CCFA, University of Pennsylvania, Nestlé collaborate on IBD study

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 01:09 PM

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has entered into a research partnership with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Nestlé Health Science to study the effects of diet on gut bacteria. The study is part of a major CCFA effort to develop new treatments targeting the gut microbiome—the "ecosystem" of microbes populating the intestines—linked to the development of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).

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