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Sun Pharma, Intrexon form joint venture for ocular diseases

Friday, October 4, 2013 01:28 PM

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, an international specialty pharmaceutical company focused on chronic diseases, and Intrexon, a synthetic biology company, have formed a joint venture to develop controllable gene-based therapies for the treatment of ocular diseases that cause partial or total blindness. Initial targets are dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa.

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WIRB Copernicus Group

FDA's report on chronic fatigue syndrome reveals impact, progress needed

Friday, October 4, 2013 01:23 PM

Pandora Org, a national nonprofit ME/CFS advocacy organization, and other patient organizations say a recent report from the FDA shows it must take further action to open up opportunities for ME/CFS drug development. Titled The Voice of the Patient, this report is a detailed summary of an April 25 FDA patient-focused drug development meeting, the first of its kind, at which patients explained the reality of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

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DARPA awards Moderna Therapeutics $25m

Friday, October 4, 2013 01:20 PM

Moderna Therapeutics, a company focused on messenger RNA therapeutics, a new treatment modality to enable the in vivo production of therapeutic proteins, has been awarded up to $25 million to research and develop its messenger RNA therapeutics platform as a rapid and reliable way to make antibody-producing drugs to protect against a wide range of known and unknown emerging infectious diseases and engineered biological threats by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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Government shutdown already affecting clinical trials industry

Friday, October 4, 2013 08:58 AM

Last week, when the government shutdown began, stories of children with cancer unable to get into potentially life-saving trials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were the first clinical research-related ramifications reported.

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Report: Prescription drug utilization among elderly Americans has reached plateau

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 01:16 PM

A new white paper from life sciences advisory firm VOI Consulting shows that while a confluence of technical, medical and social factors led to dramatic growth in per capita prescription drug consumption in the U.S. over the past 20 years, long-range forecast suggests consumption levels have reached a saturation point. This means the U.S. pharmaceutical market will not experience a similar wave of sustained, industry-wide growth in the foreseeable future.

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Soligenix awarded NIAID contract

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 01:14 PM

Soligenix, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing products to treat inflammatory diseases and biodefense medical countermeasures (MCMs) for which there remains an unmet medical need, has been awarded a contract valued at up to $6.4 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's NIH (specifically funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases or NIAID).

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HμREL, Sanofi collaborate

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 01:12 PM

HμREL, a provider of advanced tissue constructs and microfluidic cell-based assay platforms for preclinical drug development, has entered into a multi-phase R&D collaboration with Sanofi U.S.

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National MS Society, GE Healthcare partner

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 01:08 PM

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is collaborating with GE Healthcare through Fast Forward, a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, to co-fund a clinical study with the GE investigational PET tracer, GE180, in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). The clinical study, which will be enrolling patients in the U.K., is aimed to aid in physicians' understanding of whether imaging neuroinflammation in MS patients before and after treatment with natalizumab (Tysabri) can help identify which patients may respond to treatment.

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Caris Life Sciences study reports positive results for evidence-guided tumor profiling

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 10:00 AM

Caris Life Sciences, a biosciences company focused on personalized medicine, has announced data from two studies which demonstrate the potential of evidence-guided tumor profiling to immediately improve the treatment of patients with hard-to-treat cancers, including cancers of unknown primary (CUP) and rarer and refractory cancers.

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CureDuchenne Ventures launched to accelerate drug discovery and development

Friday, September 27, 2013 01:24 PM

National nonprofit CureDuchenne has launched CureDuchenne Ventures, a new initiative to identify and develop a robust pipeline of therapies to treat Duchenne, the most common and lethal form of muscular dystrophy. This drug discovery and development initiative is based on CureDuchenne's venture philanthropy model, in which the organization provides early stage funding to biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies and academic investigators to help develop breakthrough therapies to treat Duchenne.

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