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Initiative for emergency Ebola research formed by Wellcome Trust, U.K. government

Friday, August 22, 2014 11:59 AM

A $10.8 million emergency funding package for research to contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and future outbreaks of infectious disease has been initiated by the U.K-based Wellcome Trust and the U.K. Department for International Development, administered by Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA).

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ViaCyte, Janssen R&D ink agreement

Friday, August 22, 2014 11:54 AM

ViaCyte, a San Diego-based, privately held regenerative medicine company, has entered into a $20 million rights agreement with Janssen R&D, a unit of Johnson & Johnson. The agreement provides Janssen with a future right to evaluate a transaction related to the VC-01 combination product that ViaCyte is developing for type 1 diabetes. This right will continue through the initial evaluation of clinical efficacy of VC-01. 

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Report: Dengue vaccine market to experience rapid growth from 2015 to 2020

Friday, August 22, 2014 11:53 AM

Among the five pharmaceutical markets of Brazil, India, Mexico, Singapore and Thailand, Brazil and Mexico are projected to be the leading contributors to the dengue vaccine marketplace, as it expands rapidly from an estimated $70 million in 2015 to $400 million by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 42%, according to U.K. research and consulting firm GlobalData.

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Emergent BioSolutions, MorphoSys ink agreement for ES414

Friday, August 22, 2014 11:52 AM

Emergent BioSolutions, a Rockville, Md.-based global specialty biopharmaceutical company, and MorphoSys, a Germany-based provider of therapeutic antibodies, have inked an agreement for the joint development and commercialization of Emergent’s preclinical bi-specific antibody, ES414, targeting prostate cancer. Emergent will receive an upfront payment of $20 million and milestone payments of up to $163 million.

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Novartis provides drug candidate compounds to TB Alliance

Thursday, August 21, 2014 01:48 PM

Novartis has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance), which has locations in the U.S., Brussels and South Africa, for compounds to fight tuberculosis (TB) that have been discovered at the Novartis Institutes for Tropical Diseases (NITD).

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AstraZeneca, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma collaborate on diabetic nephropathy

Thursday, August 21, 2014 01:45 PM

AstraZeneca and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation (MTPC), a research-driven pharmaceutical company based in Japan, have announced a three-year research collaboration in diabetic nephropathy. The aim is to leverage complementary strengths, expertise and assets to validate and progress novel research targets and molecules into clinical development.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene collaborate on combination regimen

Thursday, August 21, 2014 01:44 PM

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene have established a clinical trial collaboration to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of a combination regimen of BMS’ investigational PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor, Opdivo (nivolumab), and Celgene’s nab technology-based chemotherapy Abraxane (paclitaxel protein-bound particles for injectable suspension) (albumin-bound), in a phase I study.

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Illumina partners with AstraZeneca, Janssen, Sanofi for oncology

Thursday, August 21, 2014 01:42 PM

Illumina, a California-based developer, manufacturer and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems for the analysis of genetic variation and function, has formed collaborative partnerships with AstraZenecaJanssen Biotech and Sanofi to develop a universal next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based oncology test system.

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Positive results released for Amgen’s phase III study of AMG 416

Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:24 AM

Amgen has announced that a second placebo-controlled, phase III study evaluating AMG 416 for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), receiving hemodialysis, met its primary and all secondary endpoints.

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Clintrax Global adds Bradford Evans as vice president of administration

Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:14 AM

Clintrax Global, a worldwide provider of clinical research services located in Raleigh, N.C., recently announced the addition of Bradford Evans as vice president of administration. Evans will oversee all corporate processes, including their alignment with company objectives and policies.

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