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Penn, UGA scientists awarded new contract to develop genome database for microbial pathogens

Penn, UGA scientists awarded new contract to develop genome database for microbial pathogens

At the turn of the millennium, the cost to sequence a single human genome exceeded $50 million, and the process took a decade to complete. Microbes have genomes, too, and the first reference genome for a malaria parasite was completed in 2002 at a cost of roughly $15 million. But today researchers can sequence a genome in a single afternoon for just a few thousand dollars. Related technologies make it possible to capture information about all genes in the genome, in all tissues, from multiple individuals. [More]
Antigens and antibodies for an optimised ELISA test kit for Ebola

Antigens and antibodies for an optimised ELISA test kit for Ebola

AMSBIO has announced several products suitable for the development of an ELISA detection assay for the Ebola virus. [More]
Inovio begins hTERT DNA immunotherapy trial in adults with breast, lung and pancreatic cancer

Inovio begins hTERT DNA immunotherapy trial in adults with breast, lung and pancreatic cancer

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced it has initiated a phase I trial of its hTERT DNA immunotherapy (INO-1400) alone or in combination with Inovio's IL-12 immune activator (INO-9012) in adults with breast, lung, or pancreatic cancer at high risk of relapse after surgery and other cancer treatments. [More]
High-dose flu vaccine better than regular flu shot for frail, older adults of long-term care facilities

High-dose flu vaccine better than regular flu shot for frail, older adults of long-term care facilities

The high-dose flu vaccine is significantly better than the regular flu shot at boosting the immune response to the flu virus in frail, older residents of long-term care facilities, according to the results of a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study. [More]
OncoTherapy Network discusses latest research on prostate cancer

OncoTherapy Network discusses latest research on prostate cancer

UBM Medica US announces that OncoTherapy Network, a leading online community to help oncologists and other clinicians gain a better understanding of the newest information available regarding the use of targeted therapies and immunotherapies, discusses some of the latest research on prostate cancer. [More]
Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo test receives CLIA Waiver from FDA

Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo test receives CLIA Waiver from FDA

Alere Inc., a global leader in rapid diagnostic tests, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) Waiver for the Alere Determine™ HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo test. [More]
Kiadis Pharma reports positive interim data from ATIR Phase II clinical study

Kiadis Pharma reports positive interim data from ATIR Phase II clinical study

Kiadis Pharma B.V., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing T-cell immunotherapy treatments for blood cancers, today announces positive interim data from the ongoing Phase II clinical study with its lead product ATIR. [More]
Amgen announces new data from BLINCYTO Phase 2 study for treatment of patients with ALL

Amgen announces new data from BLINCYTO Phase 2 study for treatment of patients with ALL

Amgen today announced that new data from a pivotal Phase 2 study evaluating BLINCYTO (blinatumomab) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) was presented at the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition. [More]
Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals initiates CPI-613 Phase I trial in patients with B-cell NHL

Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals initiates CPI-613 Phase I trial in patients with B-cell NHL

Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage company and leader in the growing field of cancer metabolism-based therapeutics, today announced the initiation of a Phase I clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of escalating doses of CPI-613, in combination with bendamustine and rituximab, in patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). [More]
New treatment combinations improve outcomes for vulnerable patient with hard-to-treat disease

New treatment combinations improve outcomes for vulnerable patient with hard-to-treat disease

New treatment combinations and targeted therapies for lymphoma and multiple myeloma are improving outcomes for vulnerable patient populations with hard-to-treat disease, according to studies presented today at the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition. [More]
Innovative cell therapy shows highly promising results in pediatric patients with ALL

Innovative cell therapy shows highly promising results in pediatric patients with ALL

An innovative cell therapy against a highly aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) continues to show highly promising results in children treated in a pilot study. Ninety-two percent of the 39 children receiving bioengineered T cells had no evidence of cancer at one month after treatment, with this complete response persisting in some cases for more than two years. [More]
Novel treatments show safe responses in patients with relapsed, treatment-resistant blood cancers

Novel treatments show safe responses in patients with relapsed, treatment-resistant blood cancers

Novel treatments that harness the body's own immune cells to attack cancer cells demonstrate safe and durable responses in patients with relapsed and treatment-resistant blood cancers, according to data presented today at the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition. [More]
Scientists seek to improve stem cell transplant outcomes using DNA sequencing, mathematical modeling

Scientists seek to improve stem cell transplant outcomes using DNA sequencing, mathematical modeling

Is the human immune system similar to the weather, a seemingly random yet dynamical system that can be modeled based on past conditions to predict future states? Scientists at VCU Massey Cancer Center's award-winning Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program believe it is, and they recently published several studies that support the possibility of using next-generation DNA sequencing and mathematical modeling to not only understand the variability observed in clinical outcomes of stem cell transplantation, but also to provide a theoretical framework to make transplantation a possibility for more patients who do not have a related donor. [More]
TxCell enrolls first patient in Ovasave phase IIb trial for treatment of refractory Crohn’s disease

TxCell enrolls first patient in Ovasave phase IIb trial for treatment of refractory Crohn’s disease

TxCell SA, a biotechnology company developing novel and innovative, cost-effective personalized T cell immunotherapies using antigen specific regulatory T-cells (Ag-Tregs) for severe chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, announces today that it has enrolled the first patient in its phase IIb clinical trial of its lead product Ovasave in refractory Crohn’s disease. [More]
Novartis to highlight advances in blood, breast cancer research at ASH and SABCS 2014

Novartis to highlight advances in blood, breast cancer research at ASH and SABCS 2014

Novartis will highlight more than 250 abstracts demonstrating advances in blood and breast cancer research at the upcoming American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting December 6-9, and CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) December 9-13. [More]
Study provides proof of concept for developing antibodies against human pathogens

Study provides proof of concept for developing antibodies against human pathogens

Scientists investigating the potentially deadly hantavirus have used a novel approach to developing protective antibodies against it. Their work, published in today's online edition of Science Translational Medicine, provides proof of concept for producing antibodies against a broad range of human pathogens. [More]
CARsgen announces completion of series A financing

CARsgen announces completion of series A financing

CARsgen, a leader in the development of Chimeric Antigen Receptors T (CAR-T) cell immunotherapy to treat a variety of cancers, today announced the completion of a series A financing led by BVCF, a China-based healthcare private equity fund. [More]
New hybrid vehicle to improve delivery of DNA vaccines is under development

New hybrid vehicle to improve delivery of DNA vaccines is under development

Described recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the technology is a biomedical advancement that could help unleash the potential of DNA vaccines, which despite two decades of research, have yet to make a significant impact in the treatment of major illnesses. [More]
Oxford BioTherapeutics, Menarini Group initiate phase I study of OBT357 (MEN1112) for AML treatment

Oxford BioTherapeutics, Menarini Group initiate phase I study of OBT357 (MEN1112) for AML treatment

Oxford BioTherapeutics and Berlin Chemie/ Menarini Biotech/ Menarini Ricerche (belonging to Menarini Group) announce today that they have initiated the first-in-human clinical study of OBT357 (MEN1112), a novel enhanced antibody for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). [More]
Apitope's ATX-F8-117 granted orphan medicinal product designation for treatment of haemophilia A

Apitope's ATX-F8-117 granted orphan medicinal product designation for treatment of haemophilia A

Apitope, the drug discovery and development company focused on disease-modifying treatments for patients with autoimmune and allergic diseases, announced today that the European Medicines Agency Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products has granted orphan medicinal product designation to ATX-F8-117 for the treatment of haemophilia A. [More]