Department of Defense

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab launches to move scientific research from bench to bedside

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has moved into a new research hospital facility and renamed itself the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. The former RIC now occupies a $550 million, 1.2 million square foot facility located on prime real estate in downtown Chicago. The AbilityLab aims to create a setting in which research scientists, engineers and other specialists can work side-by-side with clinicians and patients to improve treatment. This approach is a departure from traditional methods of organizing clinical practice and research, and will serve as an experimental model for medical institutions to observe.

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NIH award expands landmark Alzheimer’s biomarker study

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)—the long-running NIH-supported study investigating brain and fluid biomarkers of the disease—enters a new phase of discovery with the launch of ADNI3. With the recent NIH award of approximately $40 million over the next five years—coupled with anticipated private sector contributions of $20 million through the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH)—ADNI3 will use cutting-edge technologies in brain imaging as it recruits hundreds of new volunteers. Expansion of the groundbreaking study, now in its 12th year, will further develop ways to speed clinical trials by providing researchers the biomarkers needed to detect the onset and track the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Senate approves brain cancer research Bill

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Senate Committee on Appropriations has approved legislation that provides for the inclusion of “brain cancer” among the disorders eligible for study by the Department of Defense‘s (DoD) Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP). This provision was included in the fiscal year 2017 Defense Appropriations Act, and mirrors action taken by the House on May 11 to add brain cancer to the PRCRP in its version of the Defense Appropriations Act.

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ORIG3N adds Melissa May as VP of product strategy

Friday, May 20, 2016

ORIG3N, a pioneer in the field of regenerative medicine, has added Melissa May as the company’s vice president of product strategy to establish partnerships and collaborations to bring in non-dilutive funding that will support R&D to develop future product offerings. In addition, May will play a role in the strategy and channel development of ORIG3N’s life science products, as well as LifeProfiles, which are genetic analysis available for consumers.

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Inovio receives $24M DARPA grant

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Inovio Pharmaceuticals has announced that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has exercised its option to provide an additional $24 million to support the Inovio-led development of multiple treatment and prevention approaches against Ebola. The option exercise, part of the $45 million Ebola program grant announced in April when Inovio received an initial $21 million award, was contingent upon Inovio successfully leading the completion of certain preclinical and clinical development milestones.

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Merck’s investigational Ebola vaccine shows 100% efficacy rate

Monday, August 3, 2015

Merck, (known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada), has announced its investigational Ebola vaccine candidate, rVSV-ZEBOV, was found to have 100% efficacy in an analysis of interim data from a phase III ring vaccination trial in Guinea. Preliminary conclusions from this study, which is continuing, were published online in The Lancet. The authors report that vaccine efficacy was 100% (95% confidence interval: 74.7 – 100%; p=0.0036) following vaccination with a single dose of the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine. It appeared that all vaccinated individuals were protected against Ebola virus infection within six to 10 days of vaccination.

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Tekmira changes name to Arbutus Biopharma, a hepatitis B solutions company

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, plans to change its corporate name to Arbutus Biopharma, a therapeutic solutions company focused on developing a cure for chronic hepatitis B virus infection (HBV), to be effective on or before Aug. 3. The name change affirms the successful integration of OnCore BioPharma and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals into a combined company with the singular goal of delivering a cure for chronic HBV. The combined entity currently fields a large portfolio of HBV product candidates in the industry.

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