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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital names James R. Downing CEO

Friday, June 27, 2014 11:58 AM

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has appointed James R. Downing, M.D., as its new CEO, effective July 15. Downing most recently was the deputy director, executive vice president and scientific director of the hospital. Downing's primary focus immediately upon assuming the CEO office will be to oversee a new era of clinical, research and infrastructure expansion throughout the St. Jude global network. He succeeds Dr. William E. Evans, who is retiring from the position after 10 years and returning full time to his long-standing pharmacogenomics research program at St. Jude.

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Regional Immunotherapy Discovery Program launched by Northeast cancer centers

Thursday, June 26, 2014 02:10 PM

Physician researchers from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., and John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) in Hackensack, N.J., have formed the Regional Immunotherapy Discovery Program.

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Johnson & Johnson, Dana-Farber launch $10 million lung cancer collaboration

Thursday, June 26, 2014 02:03 PM

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Boston, and Janssen Biotech have announced a three-year immuno-oncology lung cancer collaboration with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Janssen scientists will work with the research team at Dana-Farber's Belfer Institute for Applied Cancer Science to determine the clinical setting for certain immuno-oncology agents in Janssen's lung cancer discovery pipeline.

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Patient-initiated Guidance for Industry for Duchenne submitted to FDA

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 01:51 PM

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) and a broad coalition of stakeholders have submitted the first-ever patient advocacy-initiated draft guidance for a rare disease to the FDA to help accelerate development and review of potential therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Treeway, Amarna Therapeutics collaborate

Monday, June 23, 2014 01:32 PM

Treeway, an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) R&D strategy-focused company, and Amarna Therapeutics have formed a collaboration to identify new therapeutic targets for the treatment of ALS.

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Atlantic Health System launches new web site for clinical trials, research education

Thursday, June 19, 2014 01:48 PM

Atlantic Health System has launched a new web site that provides information about open and enrolling clinical trials and research studies across Atlantic Health System medical centers. The tablet and smartphone-friendly web site, www.atlantichealth.org/research, features a search tool that allows visitors to easily find trials based on disease area, keywords and the name of physicians conducting trials.

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Report: More than 430 medicines in development for chronic diseases in elderly

Thursday, June 19, 2014 01:44 PM

America’s biopharmaceutical research companies are developing 435 innovative new medicines to target 15 leading chronic conditions affecting the Medicare population, according to a new report by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

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TMF survey: technology adoption lagging, many sticking to paper and email

Monday, June 16, 2014 01:59 PM

Despite progress toward paperless clinical trials, email and paper remain the dominant forms of exchanging trial documents with sponsors and CROs, according to a new survey from Veeva Systems.

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Aspire IRB, Midlands IRB join WIRB-Copernicus Group

Monday, June 16, 2014 11:01 AM

Aspire IRB and Midlands IRB have joined the WIRB-Copernicus Group (WCG), a provider of regulatory and ethical review services for clinical research.

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Burke Medical Research Institute receives $2M NIH grant for spinal cord repair

Friday, June 13, 2014 01:11 PM

Scientists at the Burke Medical Research Institute in White Plains, N.Y., have received a $2 million grant from the NIH to study ways to enhance the survival of cell transplants for spinal cord repair. Cell transplants are a potential therapy for spinal cord injuries, which affect hundreds of thousands of Americans and for which few treatment options currently exist.

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