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Rigel Pharmaceuticals reports net loss of $22.3 million for fourth quarter 2014

Rigel Pharmaceuticals reports net loss of $22.3 million for fourth quarter 2014

Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. For the fourth quarter of 2014, Rigel reported a net loss of $22.3 million, or $0.25 per share, compared to a net loss of $16.9 million, or $0.19 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2013. [More]
FDA grants Orphan Drug Designation to Oncolytics' REOLYSIN for treatment of peritoneal cancer

FDA grants Orphan Drug Designation to Oncolytics' REOLYSIN for treatment of peritoneal cancer

Oncolytics Biotech Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of oncolytic viruses as potential cancer therapeutics, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Orphan Drug Designation for its lead product candidate, REOLYSIN, for the treatment of primary peritoneal cancers. [More]
Autism Speaks' affiliate DELSIA announces new funding for clinical trial of cognitive video game

Autism Speaks' affiliate DELSIA announces new funding for clinical trial of cognitive video game

Autism Speaks' not-for-profit affiliate Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism has announced new funding for clinical testing of a cognitive video game designed to improve executive function skills in children and adolescents with autism. [More]
Study shows importance of disclosing physician conflicts of interest in MS ISCTs to potential participants

Study shows importance of disclosing physician conflicts of interest in MS ISCTs to potential participants

If you're one of the nearly half a million Americans living with multiple sclerosis (MS) - a slowly disabling disease of the central nervous system - you are likely dependent on disease-modifying drugs to prevent symptoms such as vision problems, balance issues and weakness. Often, these treatments have been developed through pharmaceutical industry-sponsored clinical trials (ISCT) in collaboration with academic or private practice physicians who care for MS patients. [More]
Oncolytics' REOLYSIN granted FDA Orphan Drug Designation for treatment of fallopian tube cancer

Oncolytics' REOLYSIN granted FDA Orphan Drug Designation for treatment of fallopian tube cancer

Oncolytics Biotech Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of oncolytic viruses as potential cancer therapeutics, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Orphan Drug Designation for its lead product candidate, REOLYSIN, for the treatment of cancer of the fallopian tube. [More]
WuXi applauds TaiMed for receiving FDA breakthrough therapy designation for ibalizumab

WuXi applauds TaiMed for receiving FDA breakthrough therapy designation for ibalizumab

WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc., a leading open-access R&D capability and technology platform company serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries with operations in China and the United States, congratulates our partner TaiMed Biologics for receiving breakthrough therapy designation from the U.S. FDA for ibalizumab (TMB355). [More]

Researchers investigate efficiency of drug research and development

Drug R&D costs have increased substantially in recent decades, while the number of new drugs has remained fairly constant, leading to concerns about the sustainability of drug R&D and question about the factors that could be responsible. [More]
Researchers outline personalized surgical approach to ovarian cancer

Researchers outline personalized surgical approach to ovarian cancer

A surgical algorithm developed and implemented by ovarian cancer specialists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center dramatically increases the frequency of complete removal of all visible tumor - a milestone strongly tied to improved survival. [More]

TxCell invited to speak at largest US meeting for investors in emerging growth companies

In the presentation, Damian Marron will provide an overview of TxCell and its personalized T cell immunotherapy platform ASTrIA. Additional details will also be provided to institutional investors in one on one meetings at the conference. [More]
FDA approves LILETTA (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) to prevent pregnancy

FDA approves LILETTA (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) to prevent pregnancy

Actavis plc, a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company, and Medicines360, a nonprofit women's health pharmaceutical company, today announced the approval of LILETTA (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use by women to prevent pregnancy for up to three years. [More]
Feast-or-famine diet may extend lifespan, improve age-related diseases

Feast-or-famine diet may extend lifespan, improve age-related diseases

University of Florida Health researchers have found that putting people on a feast-or-famine diet may mimic some of the benefits of fasting, and that adding antioxidant supplements may counteract those benefits. [More]
NIAID partners with Liberian government to test ZMapp drug for Ebola virus disease

NIAID partners with Liberian government to test ZMapp drug for Ebola virus disease

In partnership with the Liberian government, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases today launched a clinical trial to obtain safety and efficacy data on the investigational drug ZMapp as a treatment for Ebola virus disease. The study, which will be conducted in Liberia and the United States, is a randomized controlled trial enrolling adults and children with known Ebola virus infection. [More]
ERT signs definitive agreement to acquire PHT

ERT signs definitive agreement to acquire PHT

ERT, a leading global solution provider for high-quality patient safety and efficacy endpoint data collection, and PHT Corporation, the eClinical innovator leading the adoption of patient-driven mobile apps for improved clinical research, announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement under which ERT will acquire PHT. [More]
New cancer drug enters phase I clinical trials in humans

New cancer drug enters phase I clinical trials in humans

A new drug that prompts cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is now entering phase I clinical trials in humans. The drug, called PAC-1, first showed promise in the treatment of pet dogs with spontaneously occurring cancers, and is still in clinical trials in dogs with osteosarcoma. [More]
ABIVAX doses first patient in ABX203 Phase IIb/III trial for treatment of chronic hepatitis B

ABIVAX doses first patient in ABX203 Phase IIb/III trial for treatment of chronic hepatitis B

ABIVAX, a clinical stage biotech company developing and commercialising anti-viral compounds and human vaccines, today announced that it has dosed in New Zealand the first patient in a Phase IIb/III clinical trial of ABX203 which is taking place in several countries of the Asia-Pacific region. [More]
HeartWare International's revenue increases 38% to $73.2 million in Q4 2014

HeartWare International's revenue increases 38% to $73.2 million in Q4 2014

HeartWare International, Inc., a leading innovator of less invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies that are revolutionizing the treatment of advanced heart failure, today announced revenue of $73.2 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014, a 38% increase compared to $53.1 million in revenue for the same period of 2013. For the fiscal year 2014, the company generated revenue of $278.4 million, a 34% increase compared to revenue of $207.9 million in 2013. [More]
New four-way collaboration aims to improve clinical decision-making in the treatment of colon cancer

New four-way collaboration aims to improve clinical decision-making in the treatment of colon cancer

EKF Diagnostics subsidiary, Selah Genomics, has announced a major, four-way collaboration with Greenville Health System (GHS, South Carolina), DecisionQ Corporation (Virginia), and BD (Becton Dickinson and Company, New Jersey). [More]
Hospira launches first biosimilar monoclonal antibody (mAb) InflectraTM (infliximab) in the UK

Hospira launches first biosimilar monoclonal antibody (mAb) InflectraTM (infliximab) in the UK

Inflectra is licensed for the treatment of inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, adult and paediatric Crohn’s disease, adult and paediatric ulcerative colitis and plaque psoriasis. [More]
Sanofi announces FDA approval of Toujeo insulin to improve glycemic control in people with diabetes

Sanofi announces FDA approval of Toujeo insulin to improve glycemic control in people with diabetes

Sanofi announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Toujeo (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection, 300 U/mL), a once-daily long-acting basal insulin, to improve glycemic control in adults living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Toujeo is expected to be available in the U.S. at the beginning of Q2 2015. [More]
Researchers find that unique emotion recognition treatment highly effective for children with HFASD

Researchers find that unique emotion recognition treatment highly effective for children with HFASD

Researchers at the Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College have found a unique emotion recognition treatment highly effective for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder (HFASD). [More]