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Lund researchers identify four genetic keys that can unlock code, reprogram skin cells

Lund researchers identify four genetic keys that can unlock code, reprogram skin cells

Eight days. That's how long it takes for skin cells to reprogram into red blood cells. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden, together with colleagues at Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona, have successfully identified the four genetic keys that unlock the genetic code of skin cells and reprogram them to start producing red blood cells instead. [More]
Changes in use of anemia drugs affects risk of death or cardiovascular events in dialysis patients

Changes in use of anemia drugs affects risk of death or cardiovascular events in dialysis patients

A new study examines whether recent changes in the use of anemia drugs for patients on dialysis have contributed to changes in rates of death or cardiovascular events. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, indicate that these risks appear to be decreasing for patients on dialysis as well as for older adults (Medicare beneficiaries) who are not on dialysis. [More]
Lab experiment leads researchers to major red blood cell discovery

Lab experiment leads researchers to major red blood cell discovery

A bizarre result of a routine lab experiment has led researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine to an unexpected new way to trigger the production of red blood cells. This could represent a significant step forward in the battle against anemia, benefitting people with diabetes, people with kidney disease or cancer, and older people for whom anemia can become a chronic problem. [More]
Study could help mitigate effects of ageing on blood stem cells, promote new therapies for anaemia

Study could help mitigate effects of ageing on blood stem cells, promote new therapies for anaemia

A research conducted by Juan Méndez, Head of the DNA Replication Group of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), sheds light on the molecular mechanisms of ageing of the stem cells responsible for regenerating blood cells and opens up a new avenue for reducing their progressive functional decline with age. [More]
Scientists use highly specialized X-ray crystallography technique to solve protein structure of HIFs

Scientists use highly specialized X-ray crystallography technique to solve protein structure of HIFs

In a collaborative study between Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and the Argonne National Laboratory, scientists have used a highly specialized X-ray crystallography technique to solve the protein structure of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs), important regulators of a tumor's response to low oxygen (hyopoxia). [More]
3SBio purchases entire equity interest in Zhejiang Wansheng

3SBio purchases entire equity interest in Zhejiang Wansheng

3SBio Inc., a leading China-based biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, today announced that it has acquired the entire equity interest in Zhejiang Wansheng Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd a limited liability company incorporated in the PRC for an aggregate consideration of RMB 528 million. [More]
3SBio obtains ex-China global rights to Apexigen's anti-TNF mAb technology

3SBio obtains ex-China global rights to Apexigen's anti-TNF mAb technology

3SBio Inc., a leading China-based biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, today announced that it has acquired the ex-China global rights to Apexigen's anti-TNF monoclonal antibody ("mAb") technology. 3SBio previously acquired the China rights from Apexigen in 2006. [More]
3SBio, PharmAbcine sign licensing agreement to develop and market DIG-KT

3SBio, PharmAbcine sign licensing agreement to develop and market DIG-KT

3SBio Inc., a leading China-based biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, today announced it has entered into an exclusive licensing deal with PharmAbcine Inc. for the development, manufacturing and marketing of DIG-KT, a bi-specific monoclonal antibody ("mAb") targeting both VEGFR2/KDR and Tie-2 pathways for cancer in the territory of Greater China (including mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) and Korea. [More]
Emerging strategies to boost healthy RBCs may reduce burden of anemia linked to blood disorders

Emerging strategies to boost healthy RBCs may reduce burden of anemia linked to blood disorders

Emerging treatment approaches may reduce the burden of anemia associated with blood disorders by enhancing production of healthy red blood cells, according to data presented today at the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition. [More]
3SBio enters into exclusive license agreement with PharmAbcine for Tanibirumab

3SBio enters into exclusive license agreement with PharmAbcine for Tanibirumab

3SBio Inc., a leading China-based biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, today announced it has entered into an exclusive license with PharmAbcine, Inc. for the development, manufacturing and marketing of Tanibirumab, an anti-VEGFR2/KDR antibody for cancer in the territory of Greater China (including Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) and several emerging countries, including Thailand, Brazil and Russia. [More]
Research performed in anemic mice shows acetate stimulates the formation of red blood cells

Research performed in anemic mice shows acetate stimulates the formation of red blood cells

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers seeking novel treatments for anemia found that giving acetate, the major component of household vinegar, to anemic mice stimulated the formation of new red blood cells. [More]
3SBio signs exclusive license agreement with JenKem for PEG-irinotecan

3SBio signs exclusive license agreement with JenKem for PEG-irinotecan

3SBio Inc., a leading biotechnology company based in China focusing on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive license agreement with JenKem Technology Co., Ltd for the development, manufacturing and marketing in Mainland China of PEG-irinotecan, a long-acting polymer-drug conjugate which inhibits topoisomerase I (Topo-I). [More]
FDA approves Ferric Citrate for control of serum phosphorus levels in CKD patients on dialysis

FDA approves Ferric Citrate for control of serum phosphorus levels in CKD patients on dialysis

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Ferric Citrate (formerly known as Zerenex) for the control of serum phosphorus levels in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on dialysis. [More]
3SBio enters into exclusive license with DiNonA for development of Leukotuximab

3SBio enters into exclusive license with DiNonA for development of Leukotuximab

3SBio Inc., a leading China-based biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, today announced it has entered into an exclusive license with DiNonA Inc. for the development, manufacturing and marketing of Leukotuximab, an anti JL-1 antibody for acute leukemia (AL), including acute myelocytic leukemia (AML) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), in the territory of Greater China (including Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) and the Middle East (excluding Cyprus, Egypt, Israel and Turkey). [More]
Acceleron, Celgene to give oral presentations on beta-thalassemia, myelodysplastic syndromes at EHA meeting

Acceleron, Celgene to give oral presentations on beta-thalassemia, myelodysplastic syndromes at EHA meeting

Acceleron Pharma Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel protein therapeutics for cancer and rare diseases, today reported that Acceleron, Celgene and investigators in the sotatercept and ACE-536 phase 2 clinical trials will give three oral presentations of interim data from ongoing studies in beta-thalassemia and myelodysplastic syndromes as well as a poster presentation of nonclinical data in sickle cell disease at the 19th Annual Congress of the European Hematology Association (EHA) in Milan, Italy from June 12-15, 2014. [More]
Akebia completes enrollment in ongoing 200-patient Phase 2b study of AKB-6548

Akebia completes enrollment in ongoing 200-patient Phase 2b study of AKB-6548

Akebia Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel proprietary therapeutics based on hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) biology and the commercialization of these products for patients with kidney disease, today announced it has completed enrollment in its ongoing 200-patient Phase 2b study of AKB-6548 for the treatment of anemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients who are not dependent on dialysis. [More]
NOXXON Pharma reports interim data from two phase IIa studies of anti-CXCL12/SDF-1 Spiegelmer NOX-A12

NOXXON Pharma reports interim data from two phase IIa studies of anti-CXCL12/SDF-1 Spiegelmer NOX-A12

NOXXON Pharma disclosed interim data from two independent clinical phase IIa studies of the anti-CXCL12/SDF-1 Spiegelmer olaptesed pegol (NOX-A12) at the 55th annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in New Orleans, LA, USA from 7-10 December 2013. [More]
FibroGen presents China-based Phase 2 study data of roxadustat for treatment of CKD patients

FibroGen presents China-based Phase 2 study data of roxadustat for treatment of CKD patients

FibroGen, Inc. (FibroGen), today announced that data from a China-based Phase 2 study of roxadustat (FG-4592), a first-in-class oral compound in late stage development for the treatment of anemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD), were presented in an oral session at the 2013 American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week in Atlanta, Georgia. [More]
AstraZeneca, FibroGen partner to develop, commercialize anemia drug candidate FG-4592

AstraZeneca, FibroGen partner to develop, commercialize anemia drug candidate FG-4592

AstraZeneca and FibroGen today announced that they have entered into a strategic collaboration to develop and commercialize FG-4592, a first-in-class oral compound in late stage development for the treatment of anemia associated with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease. [More]
Cerus enrolls patient in two European clinical trials for INTERCEPT System for RBCs

Cerus enrolls patient in two European clinical trials for INTERCEPT System for RBCs

Cerus Corporation announced today that it has initiated patient enrollment in two European Phase III clinical trials for the INTERCEPT System for red blood cells. [More]
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