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GenCell Biosystems acquired by Becton, Dickinson and Company

GenCell Biosystems acquired by Becton, Dickinson and Company

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, announced today that it has acquired GenCell Biosystems, a privately-held Irish biotech company that has developed proprietary technologies that address key biological analysis protocols – from library preparation of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to genotyping for agricultural applications. [More]
Gaucher disease: an interview with Dr Clement Olivier, Shire

Gaucher disease: an interview with Dr Clement Olivier, Shire

Gaucher disease is the most common condition within a family of rare diseases known as the lysosomal storage diseases. The disease causes lipids to accumulate in cells, which is why it is referred to as a storage disorder. The accumulation occurs mainly in the spleen, liver, and bones, but may also occur in the lungs, heart, and central nervous system. [More]
Axio Research announces launch of Statistical Genetics and Genomics services

Axio Research announces launch of Statistical Genetics and Genomics services

Axio Research announced today the launch of Statistical Genetics and Genomics services in response to the biopharmaceutical industry's need for advanced statistical support in the analysis and interpretation of complex genomic data for drug discovery and development, drug repositioning, and companion diagnostics development. [More]
Researchers uncover intriguing link between heart attacks and protein

Researchers uncover intriguing link between heart attacks and protein

A team of researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, led by Dr. Alexandre Stewart, have uncovered an intriguing link between heart attacks and a protein that is of great interest to drug companies for its impact on cholesterol. [More]
Coffee increases risk of prediabetes in young adults with hypertension

Coffee increases risk of prediabetes in young adults with hypertension

Coffee increases the risk of prediabetes in young adults with hypertension who are slow caffeine metabolisers, according to results from the HARVEST study presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Lucio Mos from Italy. People who drank more than three cups of coffee per day doubled their risk of prediabetes. [More]
Armetheon raises $7 million in first round of financing

Armetheon raises $7 million in first round of financing

Armetheon, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel mid- to late-stage cardiovascular drug candidates, today announced that it has raised $7.0 million in its first round of financing. [More]
Scientists solve mystery of why specific signaling pathway can be linked with alcohol dependence

Scientists solve mystery of why specific signaling pathway can be linked with alcohol dependence

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have solved the mystery of why a specific signaling pathway can be associated with alcohol dependence. [More]
Penn Medicine launches CAROT to build novel therapies for retinal and ocular disorders

Penn Medicine launches CAROT to build novel therapies for retinal and ocular disorders

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has launched the Penn Center for Advanced Retinal and Ocular Therapeutics (CAROT) to build on its previous success developing novel therapies for the personalized diagnosis and treatment of retinal and ocular disorders. [More]
Early intervention hope for childhood achromatopsia

Early intervention hope for childhood achromatopsia

Researchers have found that children with achromatopsia have milder foveal pathology than their older counterparts, highlighting a potential opportunity for early intervention with gene therapy. [More]
Sequenom's total revenues increase 62% to $39.8 million in Q2 2014

Sequenom's total revenues increase 62% to $39.8 million in Q2 2014

Sequenom, Inc., a life sciences company providing innovative genetic analysis solutions, today reported total revenues of $39.8 million for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 62% compared to revenues of $24.5 million for the second quarter of 2013. [More]
Research findings could lead to new approaches for treating schizophrenia

Research findings could lead to new approaches for treating schizophrenia

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have helped identify over 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia, in the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date, conducted with 80,000 people. [More]
Findings point to biological mechanisms and pathways that may underlie schizophrenia

Findings point to biological mechanisms and pathways that may underlie schizophrenia

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and scores of other institutions from all over the world have helped identify over 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia, in what is the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date. [More]
UH Case Medical Center signs agreement with ARUP to offer DEEPGEN-HIV test

UH Case Medical Center signs agreement with ARUP to offer DEEPGEN-HIV test

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center has signed an agreement with ARUP Laboratories, a major national clinical reference laboratory that offers an extensive menu of highly complex and unique medical tests to hospitals, medical schools, and other nonprofit and commercial organizations throughout the United States. [More]
Fabry disease awareness: an interview with Dr. Hartmann Wellhoefer, Head of Medical Affairs, Rare Disease, Shire

Fabry disease awareness: an interview with Dr. Hartmann Wellhoefer, Head of Medical Affairs, Rare Disease, Shire

Lysosomes are subcellular organelles that are present in most cells, with the major exception of red blood cells. [More]
Cannabis use and schizophrenia ‘share genetic risk’

Cannabis use and schizophrenia ‘share genetic risk’

Variants of genes that predispose people to developing schizophrenia also predispose them to using cannabis, a study of more than 2000 people has found. [More]
Reticular drusen linked to AMD progression

Reticular drusen linked to AMD progression

Four percent of individuals aged 49 years and above will develop reticular drusen over 15 years of follow-up, Australian study findings suggest, with the incidence higher in those with age-related macular degeneration risk factors. [More]
Vertex receives positive opinion from European CHMP for approval of KALYDECO for cystic fibrosis

Vertex receives positive opinion from European CHMP for approval of KALYDECO for cystic fibrosis

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated today announced that the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has issued a positive opinion recommending the approval of KALYDECO (ivacaftor) for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) ages 6 and older who have one of eight non-G551D gating mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. [More]
Study explores prevalence of chronic brain damage in retired NFL players

Study explores prevalence of chronic brain damage in retired NFL players

A study published online today in Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach provides a different take on previous information regarding the prevalence of chronic brain damage in retired NFL players. [More]
Newborn congenital adrenal hyperplasia screening justified

Newborn congenital adrenal hyperplasia screening justified

The Swedish neonatal screening programme successfully detected all cases of clinically classified salt-wasting congenital adrenal hyperplasia during a 26-year period, researchers report. [More]
Variations in BRCA2 and CHEK2 genes can increase lung cancer risk, study finds

Variations in BRCA2 and CHEK2 genes can increase lung cancer risk, study finds

New research confirms a vulnerability to lung cancer can be inherited and implicates the BRCA2 gene as harboring one of the involved genetic mutations. [More]