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Lilly, Zymeworks expand collaboration agreement

Friday, October 24, 2014 01:10 PM

Eli Lilly and Zymeworks, a Vancouver-based, privately held biotherapeutics company, are expanding an existing licensing and collaboration agreement. Originally announced in January, the global strategic collaboration is focused on the development of an undisclosed number of novel bi-specific antibody therapeutics using Zymeworks' proprietary Azymetric platform.

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Celgene collaborates with Sutro Biopharma, inks option to acquire

Friday, October 24, 2014 01:09 PM

Sutro Biopharma, located in South San Francisco, has entered into a strategic collaboration and option agreement with Celgene to discover and develop multispecific antibodies and antibody drug conjugates (ADCs). This new agreement follows the December 2012 collaboration between the two companies and focuses on the field of immuno-oncology, while further broadening the Sutro platform for discovery, development and manufacture of best-in-class biotherapeutics.

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J&J Innovation adds J-Labs incubator at Texas Medical Center

Friday, October 24, 2014 01:07 PM

Johnson & Johnson Innovation plans to expand J-Labs (formerly Janssen Labs) to include a new incubator located within Texas Medical Center's new Innovation Institute. The 30,000-square-foot J-Labs facility will accommodate up to 50 life science startups.

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Treasury’s tax inversion changes scuttle some big biopharma mergers, modify others, prompting calls for Congressional corporate tax reform

Thursday, October 23, 2014 03:50 PM

The widely-discussed $54.6 billion acquisition of Dublin-based Shire by AbbVie is officially canceled, having crumbled after a notice by the U.S. Treasury Department to tighten tax rules that deter U.S. companies from moving their legal headquarters to countries with lower business taxes.

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Cubist Pharmaceuticals names Robert J. Perez CEO

Thursday, October 23, 2014 03:47 PM

Cubist Pharmaceuticals has selected Robert J. Perez as the company's CEO, effective January, 2015. Perez, who currently is Cubist's president and chief operating officer, will succeed Michael W. Bonney who is retiring from his current role as CEO on Dec. 31, and will become non-executive chair of Cubist's board of directors. Current board chair Kenneth M. Bate will become lead independent director.

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ProNAi Therapeutics adds five to senior management team

Thursday, October 23, 2014 03:17 PM

ProNAi Therapeutics, a private company dedicated to developing and commercializing a new class of therapies based on its proprietary DNAi platform, has added five seasoned executives to its senior management team.

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Roche invests in its Switzerland site

Thursday, October 23, 2014 01:23 PM

Roche has presented development plans for its Basel, Switzerland site. Over the next 10 years, Roche will invest $3.1 billion in the construction of a new R&D center for around 1,900 employees, a state-of-the-art office building for up to 1,700 employees.

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Center for Connected Health, Daiichi Sankyo ink mobile app agreement

Thursday, October 23, 2014 01:19 PM

The Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare, a Boston-based healthcare delivery system founded by Harvard Medical School affiliated teaching institutions Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, has announced a co-development agreement with Japanese pharmaceutical Daiichi Sankyo to create a mobile app to serve as a coaching platform for patients with atrial fibrillation who have been prescribed oral anticoagulation therapy.

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Veeva Vault selected by inVentiv Health Clinical

Thursday, October 23, 2014 01:15 PM

inVentiv Health Clinical, a Princeton, N.J.-based global supplier of drug development services, will replace its electronic trial master file (eTMF) content management system with California-based Veeva Systems’s Veeva Vault eTMF.

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CRF Health joins Perceptive Partner Program

Thursday, October 23, 2014 01:12 PM

CRF Health, a Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-based global provider of eCOA solutions for the life sciences industry, has joined the Parexel Perceptive Partner Program. As a member, CRF Health will expand the breadth and reach of its technology offering by providing standard integrations between the company's eCOA solutions and the Perceptive MyTrials eClinical platform. Customers will benefit from direct access to all their required technology and data through a single platform.

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