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James Allison to be honored with 2015 Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research

James Allison to be honored with 2015 Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research

The 2015 Pezcoller Foundation-American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) International Award for Cancer Research will be presented to James P. Allison, PhD, at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015, to be held in Philadelphia, April 18-22. [More]
NIST researchers develop new 2D NMR fingerprinting method to measure monoclonal antibodies

NIST researchers develop new 2D NMR fingerprinting method to measure monoclonal antibodies

National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research have demonstrated the most precise method yet to measure the structural configuration of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), an important factor in determining the safety and efficacy of these biomolecules as medicines. [More]
Focus Diagnostics announces FDA clearance for Simplexa Group A Strep Direct Kit

Focus Diagnostics announces FDA clearance for Simplexa Group A Strep Direct Kit

Focus Diagnostics, the clinical-laboratory products business of Quest Diagnostics, today announced the FDA 510(k) clearance and CLIA moderate-complexity categorization for its Simplexa Group A Strep Direct Kit. Simplexa Group A Strep Direct is a real-time polymerase chain reaction assay for the detection of Group A Streptococcus bacteria directly from throat swabs. [More]
Cardio3 BioSciences announces first patient enrollment in NKG2D CAR T-Cell Phase I clinical trial

Cardio3 BioSciences announces first patient enrollment in NKG2D CAR T-Cell Phase I clinical trial

Cardio3 BioSciences (C3BS), a leader in engineered cell-therapy treatments with clinical programs initially targeting indications in cardiovascular disease and oncology, today announced the enrollment of the first patient in a Phase I clinical trial evaluating the Company’s lead CAR T-Cell therapy, NKG2D CAR T-Cell, in blood cancer patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or multiple myeloma (MM). [More]
No effect of baseline cirrhosis on long-term TDF treatment outcomes

No effect of baseline cirrhosis on long-term TDF treatment outcomes

Research suggests that virological, serological and histological outcomes are comparable between cirrhotic and noncirrhotic patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection undergoing long-term tenofovir disoproxil fumarate treatment. [More]
MSK begins CAR T cell clinical trial for children with relapsed or treatment-resistant ALL

MSK begins CAR T cell clinical trial for children with relapsed or treatment-resistant ALL

Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are pioneering a new groundbreaking clinical trial for children and young adults with relapsed or treatment-resistant acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) by using one of the most promising methods of cancer treatment today, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells. [More]
Nielsen BioSciences launches skin test that helps physicians manage Valley Fever infections

Nielsen BioSciences launches skin test that helps physicians manage Valley Fever infections

Nielsen BioSciences announced today the launch of SPHERUSOL (Coccidioides immitis Spherule-Derived Skin Test Antigen), a skin test that provides valuable data to physicians managing Valley Fever infections. SPHERUSOL has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the only skin test to detect an immune response to the fungus called Coccidioides, or "cocci," in patients with history of the disease. [More]
VSV-based vaccine yields promising results for rapid development of effective Ebola vaccine

VSV-based vaccine yields promising results for rapid development of effective Ebola vaccine

A live vaccine based on the "Vesicular Stomatitis Virus" (VSV) has yielded highly promising results for the rapid development of an effective vaccine against the Ebola virus. This vaccine would only need to be injected once for long-lasting immunoprotection. [More]
Antibodies from dromedary camels may prove therapeutic for MERS patients

Antibodies from dromedary camels may prove therapeutic for MERS patients

Antibodies from dromedary camels protected uninfected mice from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and helped infected mice expunge the disease, according to a study published online March 18th in the Journal of Virology, a journal published by the American Society for Microbiology. [More]
Merck Serono, Intrexon partner to develop and commercialize CAR-T cancer therapies

Merck Serono, Intrexon partner to develop and commercialize CAR-T cancer therapies

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck, and Intrexon Corporation, today announced an exclusive strategic collaboration and license agreement to develop and commercialize Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR-T) cancer therapies. [More]
Fujifilm enters into definitive agreement to acquire Cellular Dynamics International

Fujifilm enters into definitive agreement to acquire Cellular Dynamics International

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) and Cellular Dynamics International, Inc. (CEO: Robert J. Palay), a leading developer and manufacturer of fully functioning human cells in industrial quantities to precise specifications, today announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Fujifilm will acquire CDI via an all-cash tender offer to be followed by a second step merger. [More]
Study: HBV exposure increases immune system maturation of infants

Study: HBV exposure increases immune system maturation of infants

A Singapore led study has shown that Hepatitis B Virus Infection (HBV) exposure increases the immune system maturation of infants, which may give a better survival advantage to counteract bacterial infection during early life. These findings radically modify the way that HBV vertical infection of neonates (mother-to-child) is portrayed, and present a paradigm shift in the approach to treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis B. [More]
Theravectys gets authorization to produce lentiviral vectors for clinical use and CAR-T cell-based immunotherapy

Theravectys gets authorization to produce lentiviral vectors for clinical use and CAR-T cell-based immunotherapy

THERAVECTYS, a clinical development biotechnology company that focuses on the development of therapeutic vaccines and immunotherapies, proudly announces that its manufacturing plant has obtained the status of a pharmaceutical manufacturing establishment, granted by the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety. [More]
Personalized gene therapy to fight against cancer

Personalized gene therapy to fight against cancer

The fight to treat cancer and eradicate tumors will likely benefit from a new set of treatments if early development phases continue to show promise, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher stated that gene therapies that are able to deliver genetic material to a specific cell population or tumor that will result in the destruction of the tumor. [More]
New approach to treating B-ALL tumour disease

New approach to treating B-ALL tumour disease

B cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, or B-ALL, is the most common tumour disease in children and also occurs in adults. It develops when signalling pathways in immature B cells, or pre-B cells, are dysregulated. Prof. Dr. Markus Müschen from the University of California in San Francisco, USA, and his team worked together with the BIOSS researchers Prof. Dr. Hassan Jumaa and Prof. Dr. Michael Reth to find a new approach for treating the B-ALL tumour disease. [More]
TxCell to present at upcoming US and French investment conferences

TxCell to present at upcoming US and French investment conferences

Damian Marron, CEO, TxCell, will present at the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine's 3rd Annual Regen Med Investor Day, New York, March 25, 2015. In addition, Damian Marron will also participate at the Portzamparc PEA-PME Forum, Paris, April 1, 2015. [More]
Newly discovered bodily process may explain fetal brain bleeds

Newly discovered bodily process may explain fetal brain bleeds

A newly discovered bodily process in mice may explain why some human fetuses who have different antigens than their mothers suffer life-threatening brain bleeds, according to a new study. [More]
Radiation treatment can be delayed after prostatectomy to prevent side effects, say studies

Radiation treatment can be delayed after prostatectomy to prevent side effects, say studies

Important news for men receiving treatment for prostate cancer: Two new studies from the University of Virginia School of Medicine have upended the widely held view that it's best to delay radiation treatment as long as possible after the removal of the prostate in order to prevent unwanted side effects. [More]
New triple combination therapy shows promise in controlling advanced melanoma

New triple combination therapy shows promise in controlling advanced melanoma

Results of a new study by UCLA researchers has found that a groundbreaking new triple combination therapy shows promising signs of more effectively controlling advanced melanoma than previous BRAF + MEK inhibitor or BRAF inhibitor + immunotherapy combos alone, and with increased immune response and fewer side effects. [More]
Researchers find way to enhance effects of immunotherapy in glioblastoma

Researchers find way to enhance effects of immunotherapy in glioblastoma

When cancer strikes, it may be possible for patients to fight back with their own defenses, using a strategy known as immunotherapy. According to a new study published in Nature, researchers have found a way to enhance the effects of this therapeutic approach in glioblastoma, a deadly type of brain cancer, and possibly improve patient outcomes. [More]
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