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ST Asia signs licensing deal with PharmaMar to distribute new multiple myeloma drug in South East Asia

ST Asia signs licensing deal with PharmaMar to distribute new multiple myeloma drug in South East Asia

International biopharmaceutical company Specialised Therapeutics Asia will supply and distribute a novel oncology drug candidate throughout South East Asia, following an exclusive licensing deal with European pharmaceutical company PharmaMar. [More]
Alternative splicing: a new approach to drug development? An interview with Lucy Donaldson

Alternative splicing: a new approach to drug development? An interview with Lucy Donaldson

RNA is becoming an interesting drug target as it takes possible intervention back one step to the synthesis of a target protein, instead of trying to block or inhibit a process. [More]
Sphingosine kinase inhibitor slows castration-resistant prostate cancer cell growth

Sphingosine kinase inhibitor slows castration-resistant prostate cancer cell growth

A first-in-class sphingosine kinase 2 inhibitor slowed the growth of castration-resistant prostate cancer cells, in part by inhibiting the enzyme dihydroceramide desaturase (DEGS), but did not kill them, according to the results of preclinical in vitro and in vivo studies published in the December 2015 issue of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina and others. [More]
SIRIUS supports single-agent daratumumab in refractory multiple myeloma

SIRIUS supports single-agent daratumumab in refractory multiple myeloma

Phase II trial results show that daratumumab monotherapy elicits responses and has a favourable adverse event profile in heavily-pretreated, refractory multiple myeloma patients. [More]
Health Canada approves immunotherapy clinical study to treat Epstein-Barr virus-related lymphomas

Health Canada approves immunotherapy clinical study to treat Epstein-Barr virus-related lymphomas

Health Canada recently approved, for the first time in Canada, a clinical project for a Phase I study aimed at treating lymphomas associated with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) through adoptive cellular immunotherapy that is specific to EBV. [More]
IQWiG finds no added benefit for pomalidomide drug in multiple myeloma

IQWiG finds no added benefit for pomalidomide drug in multiple myeloma

Pomalidomide (trade name: Imnovid) has been approved since 2013 for the treatment of multiple myeloma that has returned and is difficult to treat. The drug is an option for adults who have received two or more prior treatment regimens, including treatment with the drugs lenalidomide and bortezomib, and in whom the last treatment had no sufficient effect. [More]
Cancer mortality continues to drop in the U.S.

Cancer mortality continues to drop in the U.S.

Steady reductions in smoking combined with advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in a 23% drop in the cancer death rate since its peak in 1991. The drop translates to more than 1.7 million cancer deaths averted through 2012. [More]
People with low sunlight exposure and vitamin D deficiency at greater risk of developing leukemia

People with low sunlight exposure and vitamin D deficiency at greater risk of developing leukemia

Epidemiologists at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that persons residing at higher latitudes, with lower sunlight/ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure and greater prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, are at least two times at greater risk of developing leukemia than equatorial populations. [More]
HealthWell Foundation opens new fund to provide financial assistance to Medicare patients suffering from RCC

HealthWell Foundation opens new fund to provide financial assistance to Medicare patients suffering from RCC

The HealthWell Foundation, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, today announced it has opened a new fund to provide financial assistance to Medicare patients suffering from renal cell carcinoma (RCC). [More]
New oral breast cancer drug has potential to combat other types of cancer

New oral breast cancer drug has potential to combat other types of cancer

Palbociclib, a new oral drug whose efficacy in combating breast cancer has been demonstrated alone and in combination with endocrine therapy, also has potential to combat other types of cancer, according to a literature review and additional original research conducted by experts at the Abramson Cancer Center in the University of Pennsylvania published this month in JAMA Oncology. [More]
Drug that boosts activity in the brain's 'garbage disposal' system may slow Alzheimer's disease

Drug that boosts activity in the brain's 'garbage disposal' system may slow Alzheimer's disease

A drug that boosts activity in the brain's "garbage disposal" system can decrease levels of toxic proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders and improve cognition in mice, a new study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center has found. [More]
Bio Light's IOPtiMate system approved in Canada for treatment of glaucoma

Bio Light's IOPtiMate system approved in Canada for treatment of glaucoma

Bio Light Israeli Life Sciences Investments Ltd., an emerging global ophthalmic company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of products and product candidates which address ophthalmic conditions, announced today that its IOPtiMate system for the treatment of glaucoma has been approved by the Canadian Medical Devices Bureau, allowing the Company to commercialize the surgical system in Canada. [More]
Researchers discover first broad spectrum drug that can potently kill aging cells in culture

Researchers discover first broad spectrum drug that can potently kill aging cells in culture

Researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and other institutions are reporting the discovery of the first broad spectrum drug that can potently kill senescent (or aging) cells in culture and effectively clear the cells in animals by specifically targeting a pathway that is critical for the survival of senescent cells. [More]
Role for carfilzomib in relapsed, refractory multiple myeloma treatment

Role for carfilzomib in relapsed, refractory multiple myeloma treatment

Carfilzomib significantly improves outcomes in previously treated patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, shows a head-to-head comparison with bortezomib. [More]
BioLight announces first sale of IOPtiMate system in Portugal

BioLight announces first sale of IOPtiMate system in Portugal

BioLight Life Sciences Investments Ltd., a firm that invests in, manages and commercializes biomedical innovations in ophthalmology and cancer diagnostics, today announced the first sale of the IOPtiMate system to a medical center located in Portugal. [More]
Takeda presents Phase 3 TOURMALINE-MM1 data for multiple myeloma at ASH 2015

Takeda presents Phase 3 TOURMALINE-MM1 data for multiple myeloma at ASH 2015

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited today announced results from the TOURMALINE-MM1 trial presented at the 57th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), showing that treatment with NINLARO (ixazomib) capsules is effective in extending progression free survival (PFS) with a manageable tolerability profile in patients with relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma. [More]
Lancet study compares prices of new cancer drugs in high-income countries

Lancet study compares prices of new cancer drugs in high-income countries

The price of new cancer drugs varies widely (from 28% to 388%) between high-income countries in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, new research published in The Lancet Oncology has found. [More]
Study shows promise for cord blood-derived natural killer cells in multiple myeloma patients

Study shows promise for cord blood-derived natural killer cells in multiple myeloma patients

A first-in-human Phase I study of multiple myeloma patients combined expanded cord blood-derived natural killer cells with transplantation of a patient's own stem cells and high-dose chemotherapy with little or none of the side effects seen with current treatments. [More]
New approaches to treating leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma

New approaches to treating leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma

New, highly targeted treatment approaches for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma to be presented today at the 57th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition represent a tremendous expansion of oral and intravenous therapy options for patients with blood cancers. [More]
Yale researchers develop vaccine strategy that reduces risk of flu in cancer patients

Yale researchers develop vaccine strategy that reduces risk of flu in cancer patients

Yale Cancer Center researchers have developed a vaccine strategy that reduces the risk of flu infections in cancer patients at highest risk for influenza. The findings were presented Dec. 6 at the 57th annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Orlando, Florida. [More]
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