October 2013

Xention, Servier collaborate for atrial fibrillation treatment

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Xention, a Cambridge-based biopharmaceutical company specializing in discovery and development of ion channel-modulating drugs for atrial fibrillation (AF), and Servier, an independent French pharmaceutical company, have entered  a multi-year agreement for  development and commercialization of XEN-D0103, a selective Kv1.5 modulator discovered and developed by Xention for the treatment of AF.

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ACRES, PharmaTrain form alliance

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES), a Cambridge, Mass.-based global nonprofit, and PharmaTrain Federation, an international nonprofit organization for improving education and training of professionals in medicines development, have allied to promote the adoption of new and reliable global standards for high-quality postgraduate education and training for individuals pursuing careers in discovery, development, regulation and marketing of new medicines.

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Merck to continue development of Tecemotide in phase III trial

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck, has decided to continue clinical development of the investigational MUC1 antigen-specific cancer immunotherapy tecemotide  (also known as L-BLP25 and formerly known as Stimuvax). Merck Serono, which is developing tecemotide under a license agreement with Oncothyreon, will conduct a new phase III trial called START2 for patients with unresectable, locally advanced stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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