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Partnership aims to accelerate development of new immunotherapy strategies

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT) has launched thanks to a partnership between the NIH and 11 biopharmaceutical companies. The goal of the new partnership is to accelerate the development of new cancer immunotherapy strategies for more patients in half the time. The initiative specifically aims to explore the question: Why doesn’t immunotherapy work for all cancers, in all patients, and what can be done about it?

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NIH partners with 11 biopharmaceutical companies on cancer immunotherapy strategies

Friday, October 13, 2017

The NIH and 11 biopharmaceutical companies launched the Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT), a five-year public-private research collaboration totaling $215 million as part of the Cancer Moonshot. PACT will initially focus on efforts to identify, develop and validate robust biomarkers—standardized biological markers of disease and treatment response—to advance new immunotherapy treatments that harness the immune system to attack cancer. The partnership will be managed by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), with the Food and Drug Administration serving in an advisory role. 

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TransCelerate BioPharma adds Novartis

Monday, September 18, 2017

TransCelerate BioPharma announces the addition of Novartis to the biopharmaceutical nonprofit organization, growing the consortium to 19 biopharmaceutical companies. In addition, TransCelerate membership have elected Elliott Levy, M.D., Senior Vice President, Global Development at Amgen as the new Chair of the Board of the Directors and David Nicholson, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, and Chief R&D Officer at Allergan, will assume the Vice Chair role.

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FDA accepts Amgen’s Aimovig BLA for migraine

Monday, July 24, 2017

Amgen announced that the FDA has accepted for review the Biologics License Application (BLA) for Aimovig (erenumab) for the prevention of migraine in patients experiencing four or more migraine days per month. If approved, Aimovig is expected to be the first-and-only monoclonal antibody targeting the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor, specifically designed for the prevention of migraine.

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The continued exploration of modernizing clinical trials

Monday, May 1, 2017

The need for an alternative to the paper-based clinical trial process is long overdue. Not only is the original method cost- and labor-intensive, but it can delay new drug development, as well. The first siteless technology model for clinical trial research was introduced last year, and since then studies in this area continue.

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Axovant Sciences appoints Dr. David Hung CEO, Marion McCourt as president and COO

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Axovant Sciences, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of dementia, announced that David Hung, M.D., has been named chief executive officer of Axovant Sciences, effective April 7, 2017. Dr. Hung, who also joined Axovant’s board of directors, succeeds founding chief executive officer Vivek Ramaswamy. Ramaswamy will continue to serve on Axovant’s board of directors and will lead parent company and majority owner Roivant Sciences as its full-time chief executive officer.

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A cautiously optimistic healthcare M&A outlook for 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Although 2016 was a lackluster year for megadeals in healthcare, a recent flurry of big deals has Wall Street investors cautiously optimistic that 2017 will bring new mergers and big-ticket acquisitions. An increasingly competitive landscape in healthcare, coupled with signs that the new U.S. presidential administration may usher in more business-friendly policies, could spur major deals in the upcoming year.

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