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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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Takeda, Stanford University announce alliance

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Takeda Pharmaceutical has announced a collaboration with Stanford University to form the Stanford Alliance for Innovative Medicines (Stanford AIM), which will help transform novel Stanford research into next-generation treatments for diseases. Through this unique collaboration, Takeda and Stanford will identify projects on the path to therapeutic discoveries and accelerate the process of bringing these drugs to market to serve patients with unmet needs.

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Verily, Duke and Stanford launch Project Baseline study

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet company, in partnership with Duke University School of Medicine and Stanford Medicine, announced the initiation of the Project Baseline study, a longitudinal study that will collect broad phenotypic health data from approximately 10,000 participants, who will each be followed over the course of at least four years. The study is the first initiative of Project Baseline, a broader effort designed to develop a well-defined reference, or “baseline,” of health as well as a rich data platform that may be used to better understand the transition from health to disease and identify additional risk factors for disease. Beyond this initial study, Project Baseline endeavors to test and develop new tools and technologies to access, organize and activate health information.

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Chan Zuckerberg Biohub names first cohort of engineers, scientists and technologists

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZ Biohub) has announced its first cohort of 47 CZ Biohub Investigators from the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco. This group includes both highly accomplished senior professors as well as up-and-coming young faculty. Each of the CZ Biohub Investigators will receive a five-year appointment and up to $1.5 million in funding to conduct life science research in their respective areas of expertise.

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Aduro Biotech licenses Stanford Neoantigen Identification Technology

Monday, January 23, 2017

Aduro Biotech, a biopharmaceutical company with three distinct immunotherapy technologies, has announced an exclusive license agreement with Stanford University for state-of-the-art neoantigen identification technology developed by Dr. Hanlee Ji, associate professor of medicine at Stanford. Aduro will leverage its proprietary live, attenuated double-deleted Listeria (LADD) immunotherapy platform to engineer personalized LADD-based cancer therapies (pLADD) encoding multiple neoantigens identified through this technology. The company plans to initially evaluate pLADD for the treatment of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, including colorectal cancer, with a phase I clinical trial expected to be initiated in 2017.  

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The long road of multiple sclerosis research

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Pulse on Global Trials by Matthew Howes

Multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic, autoimmune, inflammatory neurological disease of the central nervous system, is the largest neuro disease affecting young people. In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath, called myelin, that covers nerve fibers. Communication between the brain and the body becomes disrupted and nerves become damaged.

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