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Boehringer grants volasertib 'orphan drug designation' for treatment of patients with AML

Boehringer grants volasertib 'orphan drug designation' for treatment of patients with AML

Boehringer Ingelheim announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Commission have granted volasertib* 'orphan drug designation' for the treatment of patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). [More]
MD Anderson honors America's future cancer leaders

MD Anderson honors America's future cancer leaders

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center this week honored 16 junior faculty members who are expected to become some of America's future cancer leaders. The faculty members are the first R. Lee Clark Fellow award winners. The new award was established to recognize outstanding work by junior faculty members and to help support their future efforts. [More]
Johnson & Johnson's sales increase 3.5% to $18.1 billion in first quarter 2014

Johnson & Johnson's sales increase 3.5% to $18.1 billion in first quarter 2014

Johnson & Johnson today announced sales of $18.1 billion for the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 3.5% as compared to the first quarter of 2013. Operational results increased 5.3% and the negative impact of currency was 1.8%. Domestic sales increased 2.2%. International sales increased 4.5%, reflecting operational growth of 7.9% and a negative currency impact of 3.4%. [More]
Drugs used to treat osteoporosis appear to prevent cell membrane repair

Drugs used to treat osteoporosis appear to prevent cell membrane repair

A class of drugs widely used to treat osteoporosis appears to impede a cell's ability to repair a protective outer membrane that helps determine what enters and exits, researchers report. [More]
BioLineRx to initiate Phase 1/2 clinical trial on new drug candidate for CML treatment

BioLineRx to initiate Phase 1/2 clinical trial on new drug candidate for CML treatment

BioLineRx, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to identifying, in-licensing and developing promising therapeutic candidates, announced today that Prof. Arnon Nagler, Director of the Hematology Division and Bone Marrow Transplantation Center at Sheba Medical Center, Israel, has received final regulatory approval to evaluate BioLineRx's BL-8040 as a treatment for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in a Phase 1/2 clinical study. [More]
Study shows critical role of immune system in protecting against viruses and cancer cells

Study shows critical role of immune system in protecting against viruses and cancer cells

​A team of researchers at the IRCM, led by Andr- Veillette, MD, explains how our immune system kills abnormal blood cells. Their discovery, recently published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, could eventually lead to new treatment avenues for leukemia, lymphoma and certain types of infectious viral diseases. [More]

CytRx initiates Phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate efficacy of aldoxorubicin in STS patients

CytRx Corporation (Nasdaq: CYTR), a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced it has initiated a pivotal global Phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of aldoxorubicin as a second-line treatment for patients with soft tissue sarcoma (STS) under a Special Protocol Assessment with the FDA. [More]
Rare abnormality in chromosomes increases risk of rare childhood leukaemia

Rare abnormality in chromosomes increases risk of rare childhood leukaemia

Researchers have found that people born with a rare abnormality of their chromosomes have a 2,700-fold increased risk of a rare childhood leukaemia. In this abnormality, two specific chromosomes are fused together but become prone to catastrophic shattering. [More]
Research reveals 2 key mechanisms of oxidative stress regulation

Research reveals 2 key mechanisms of oxidative stress regulation

Regulation of oxidative stress is critical to cell survival. New preclinical research from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) has revealed two key mechanisms by which oxidative stress is regulated in normal and cancerous cells. [More]
Safeguard Scientifics reports net income of $24 million for fourth quarter 2013

Safeguard Scientifics reports net income of $24 million for fourth quarter 2013

Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. today announced fourth quarter and full-year 2013 financial results. For the three months ended December 31, 2013, Safeguard's net income was $24.0 million, or $1.10 per share, compared to net loss of $10.8 million, or $0.51 per share for the same period in 2012. For the year ended December 31, 2013, Safeguard's net loss was $35.5 million, or $1.66 per share, compared to $39.4 million, or $1.88 per share for the same period in 2012. [More]

Triphase's marizomib receives FDA orphan drug designation for treatment of multiple myeloma

Triphase Accelerator Corporation today announced that marizomib, its novel, potent proteasome inhibitor, has been granted orphan drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Orphan Products Development for the treatment of multiple myeloma. The orphan drug designation will provide Triphase with 7-year marketing exclusivity for marizomib and other benefits upon FDA approval. [More]

Study: Blacks are more likely to have precursor condition than whites

Blacks may be twice as likely as whites to develop multiple myeloma because they are more likely to have a precursor condition known as monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), a Mayo Clinic study has found. [More]
Pharmacyclics total revenue for fourth quarter 2013 increases 113% to $123.6 million

Pharmacyclics total revenue for fourth quarter 2013 increases 113% to $123.6 million

Pharmacyclics, Inc. today reported financial results and recent developments for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013. [More]

Experimental drug dinaciclib may improve myeloid leukemia, myeloma therapies

A pre-clinical study led by Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and Department of Internal Medicine researchers suggests that an experimental drug known as dinaciclib could improve the effectiveness of certain multiple myeloma and myeloid leukemia therapies. [More]
New research points to potential target for treating triple negative breast cancer

New research points to potential target for treating triple negative breast cancer

New research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Georgia Regents University finds that a protein that fuels an inflammatory pathway does not turn off in breast cancer, resulting in an increase in cancer stem cells. This provides a potential target for treating triple negative breast cancer, the most aggressive form of the disease. [More]
Congressmen to receive Edwin C. Whitehead award at Advocacy Awards Dinner

Congressmen to receive Edwin C. Whitehead award at Advocacy Awards Dinner

​Reps. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Chaka Fattah (D-PA) will receive the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy for their leadership and unwavering commitment to supporting policies that promote federal and private sector medical research and innovation. [More]

IMF announces approval of POMALYST medication in Canada for patients with myeloma

The International Myeloma Foundation - improving the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure - said POMALYST (pomalidomide) approval by Health Canada provides patients the most up-to-date oral therapy available for patients who have exhausted all other treatments. [More]

Ligand Pharmaceuticals' total revenues for Q4 2013 increase 8% to $14.7 million

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated today reported financial results for the three and 12 months ended December 31, 2013, and provided an operating forecast and program updates. [More]
TSRI scientists discover unusual protein that probably helps some bacteria evade immune response

TSRI scientists discover unusual protein that probably helps some bacteria evade immune response

A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has discovered an unusual bacterial protein that attaches to virtually any antibody and prevents it from binding to its target. Protein M, as it is called, probably helps some bacteria evade the immune response and establish long-term infections. [More]

FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to GSK's Promacta/Revolade for treatment of cytopenias

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted its partner GlaxoSmithKline plc Breakthrough Therapy designation for Promacta/Revolade (eltrombopag) for the treatment of cytopenias in patients with severe aplastic anemia (SAA) who have had insufficient response to immunosuppressive therapy. [More]