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New version of drug successfully treats lupus in mice

New version of drug successfully treats lupus in mice

Expanding on his work with a new drug that successfully treated lupus in mice, a biomedical engineer at the University of Houston has received a $250,000 grant to expand his research to a new version of the drug in an effort to treat a wider range of autoimmune diseases. [More]
Lyfebulb, Immune collaborate to increase awareness of bullous pemphigoid

Lyfebulb, Immune collaborate to increase awareness of bullous pemphigoid

Lyfebulb, the International Pemphigus Pemphigoid Foundation (IPPF) and Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc., announced a collaboration to increase awareness of unmet needs in treating bullous pemphigoid last night at an event attended by more than sixty patients, physicians, scientists and other interested parties. [More]
Autoimmune diseases share certain pathogenic mechanisms with cancer

Autoimmune diseases share certain pathogenic mechanisms with cancer

Autoimmune disorders may share certain pathogenic mechanisms with cancer, according to a new report by George Washington University researcher Linda Kusner, Ph.D., published in PLOS ONE on July 22. [More]
Glenmark plans to set up new manufacturing facility at Monroe Corporate Center, USA

Glenmark plans to set up new manufacturing facility at Monroe Corporate Center, USA

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a research-driven, global, integrated pharmaceutical company, plans to set up a new manufacturing facility in the US. [More]
Virobay announces closing of expanded Series B second tranche financing

Virobay announces closing of expanded Series B second tranche financing

Virobay, Inc., a clinical stage pharmaceutical company with a platform of cathepsin protease inhibitors being developed for the treatment of neuropathic pain, autoimmune disease and fibrosis, today announced the closing of an expanded Series B second tranche financing of $8.0 million. [More]
Rigel initiates Phase 3 clinical program for fostamatinib in patients with ITP

Rigel initiates Phase 3 clinical program for fostamatinib in patients with ITP

Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the initiation of a Phase 3 clinical program for its oral SYK inhibitor, fostamatinib, in patients with ITP (immune thrombocytopenic purpura). [More]
Researchers reveal molecular interplay between Roquin and RNA

Researchers reveal molecular interplay between Roquin and RNA

The Roquin protein, discovered in 2005, controls T-cell activation and differentiation by regulating the expression of certain mRNAs. In doing so, it helps to guarantee immunological tolerance and prevents immune responses against the body's own structures that can lead to autoimmune disease. [More]
Medac Pharma's Rasuvo injection gets FDA approval for RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma's Rasuvo injection gets FDA approval for RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company focused on the development of new molecules and improving the effectiveness of existing medicines, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Rasuvo, a subcutaneous injectable methotrexate (MTX) therapy delivered in an auto-injector for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), polyarticular-course juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA) and psoriasis. [More]
Study to understand molecular interplay between Roquin and RNA to treat autoimmune diseases

Study to understand molecular interplay between Roquin and RNA to treat autoimmune diseases

Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU) and the Technische Universität München (TUM) have moved an important step closer to understanding molecular mechanisms of autoimmune diseases. [More]
Dmitry Medvedev presents Russia's first national "Industry" award to BIOCAD

Dmitry Medvedev presents Russia's first national "Industry" award to BIOCAD

On July 9 Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, presented Russia's first national "Industry" award to a biopharmaceutical company BIOCAD. [More]
Researchers examine impact of birth on development of immune system in newborn mice

Researchers examine impact of birth on development of immune system in newborn mice

A number of studies suggest that children delivered by Caesarean section have a different intestinal flora than children delivered by natural birth. [More]
Research uncovers how complex protein pivotal in cancer development is activated

Research uncovers how complex protein pivotal in cancer development is activated

New research has uncovered how a complex protein pivotal in the development of cancer, viral infection and autoimmune diseases is activated. [More]
Researchers identify new genes that likely contribute to asthma

Researchers identify new genes that likely contribute to asthma

In a study published yesterday in the scientific journal Nature Immunology, a group at the La Jolla Institute (LJI) led by Pandurangan Vijayanand, Ph.D. identify new genes that likely contribute to asthma, a disease that currently affects over 200 million people world wide. [More]
TxCell announces launch of POSITIVE project to automate manufacturing process for Ovasave

TxCell announces launch of POSITIVE project to automate manufacturing process for Ovasave

TxCell SA, a biotech developing innovative, personalized cell-based immunotherapies using antigen-specific regulatory T-cells (Ag-Tregs) for chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, announces today the launch of, and funding awarded to, the POSITIVE project in collaboration with the Gene and Cell therapy Unit (UTCG) developing new antiviral cell-based immunotherapies and Biosafe, a Swiss private company, a developer of innovative solutions for cell processing. [More]
Clear advances in the fight against tuberculosis are within reach, say immunologists

Clear advances in the fight against tuberculosis are within reach, say immunologists

Leading immunologists expect to see some clear advances in the fight against tuberculosis, an infectious disease that is widespread the world over. Professor Stefan Kaufmann, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, echoed these sentiments at today's launch of the scientific programme for the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting at Lindau, Germany. [More]
Researchers find unique cell type that can protect against uveitis

Researchers find unique cell type that can protect against uveitis

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have found a unique cell type that, in tests on mice, can protect against uveitis—a group of inflammatory diseases that affect the eye and can cause vision loss. [More]
Ligand Pharmaceuticals, TG Therapeutics sign global license agreement for IRAK-4 inhibitors

Ligand Pharmaceuticals, TG Therapeutics sign global license agreement for IRAK-4 inhibitors

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated announced the signing of an exclusive global license agreement with TG Therapeutics, Inc. for the development and commercialization of Ligand's Interleukin-1 Receptor Associated Kinase-4 (IRAK-4) inhibitors. [More]
New research reveals gene's role in type 1 diabetes

New research reveals gene's role in type 1 diabetes

New research describes details of how a diabetes-related gene functions on a biological pathway that affects the release of insulin. The study authors say that finding drugs that act on that pathway may eventually lead to a new treatment for type 1 diabetes. [More]
Apitope starts preclinical development of ATX-GD-459 for Graves' disease treatment

Apitope starts preclinical development of ATX-GD-459 for Graves' disease treatment

Apitope, the drug discovery and development company focused on disease-modifying treatments for patients with autoimmune and allergic diseases, announced today that it has started preclinical development of its novel peptide therapy ATX-GD-459 for the treatment of Graves' disease. [More]
La Jolla Institute researchers advance work toward vaccine for heart disease

La Jolla Institute researchers advance work toward vaccine for heart disease

Research toward the world's first vaccine for heart disease continues to advance at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, with researchers demonstrating significant arterial plaque reduction in concept testing in mice. [More]