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Tris, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare sign agreement to market extended-release Robitussin for treatment of cough

Tris, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare sign agreement to market extended-release Robitussin for treatment of cough

Tris Pharma, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a license, supply, and distribution agreement with Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. [More]
Potential new class of drugs lessen neurodegeneration in rat model of Parkinson's disease

Potential new class of drugs lessen neurodegeneration in rat model of Parkinson's disease

The first test in a mammalian model of a potential new class of drugs to treat Parkinson's disease shows abatement of neurodegeneration in the brains of test rats and no significant toxicities, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Pfizer Inc. researchers report online in The Journal of Biological Chemistry. [More]
Findings could lead to treatments for chronic pain caused by nerve damage

Findings could lead to treatments for chronic pain caused by nerve damage

Non-narcotic treatments for chronic pain that work well in people, not just mice, are sorely needed. Drawing from human pain genetics, an international team led by Boston Children's Hospital demonstrates a way to break the cycle of pain hypersensitivity without the development of addiction, tolerance or side effects. [More]
Heparin market in Europe estimated to reach USD 3,148.0 million by 2022

Heparin market in Europe estimated to reach USD 3,148.0 million by 2022

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research Heparin Market - Europe Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2022" the Heparin Market Europe was valued at USD 2,004.5 million in 2013 and is estimated to reach USD 3,148.0 million by 2022 growing with a CAGR of 5.2% from 2014 to 2022. [More]
CytomX closes $70 million Series D financing round

CytomX closes $70 million Series D financing round

CytomX, a biotechnology company developing Probody™ therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, today announced the closing of a $70 million Series D financing round. The financing was led by Fidelity Management & Research Company with participation from Casdin Capital, Cormorant Asset Management, Deerfield Management, Perceptive Advisors, Redmile Group, Tekla Healthcare Investors and Tekla Life Sciences Investors, Venrock Healthcare Capital Partners, Wellington Management Company and additional undisclosed investors. [More]
CQDM, OCE grant $1.5M to speed up drug discovery and development in Quebec-Ontario Life Sciences Corridor

CQDM, OCE grant $1.5M to speed up drug discovery and development in Quebec-Ontario Life Sciences Corridor

CQDM and Ontario Centres of Excellence will fund five highly innovative and unconventional game-changing research and development projects to accelerate drug discovery in the Quebec-Ontario Life Sciences Corridor. Partners are granting $1.5M to Quebec-based and, for the first time, Ontario-based researchers thanks to the partnership with OCE through CQDM's 2014 Explore Program, one of CQDM's flagship programs focusing on early concept validation of cutting-edge technologies that address the most crucial needs in drug discovery and development. [More]
VENTANA ALK (D5F3) CDx Assay receives FDA approval

VENTANA ALK (D5F3) CDx Assay receives FDA approval

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, today announced approval of the VENTANA ALK (D5F3) CDx Assay by the US Food and Drug Administration as a companion diagnostic to aid in the identification of patients for Pfizer's FDA approved targeted therapy, XALKORI (crizotinib). [More]
Rhythm announces initiation of two setmelanotide Phase 2 trials for treatment of PWS, POMC-null obesity

Rhythm announces initiation of two setmelanotide Phase 2 trials for treatment of PWS, POMC-null obesity

Rhythm announced today the initiation of two Phase 2 clinical trials focused on evaluating the safety and effectiveness of setmelanotide (RM-493), the company's novel melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) agonist, for the treatment of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) and POMC-null obesity. [More]
AbbVie selects Halozyme's ENHANZE platform to augment their development pipeline

AbbVie selects Halozyme's ENHANZE platform to augment their development pipeline

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. today announced a global collaboration and license agreement with AbbVie to develop and commercialize products combining proprietary AbbVie compounds with Halozyme's ENHANZE platform. [More]
NCCN ORP and Pfizer IGLC collaborate to improve lives of people with metastatic breast cancer

NCCN ORP and Pfizer IGLC collaborate to improve lives of people with metastatic breast cancer

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network Oncology Research Program is collaborating with Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC) to establish a peer-reviewed grant program to elicit proposals focused on health care provider performance and/or health care quality improvement and education projects. [More]
Halozyme announces positive Phase 2 results of PEGPH20 drug for treating metastatic pancreatic cancer patients

Halozyme announces positive Phase 2 results of PEGPH20 drug for treating metastatic pancreatic cancer patients

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel oncology and drug-delivery therapies, today announced interim findings from the ongoing phase 2 clinical study of its investigational new drug PEGPH20 for the potential treatment of patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. [More]
Palbociclib drug shows promise in women with HR+ metastatic breast cancer

Palbociclib drug shows promise in women with HR+ metastatic breast cancer

Despite advances in managing and curing some forms of breast cancer, women whose disease becomes metastatic have fewer effective options. A new phase 3 study in some of the most difficult-to-treat patients, women with endocrine-resistant disease, showed that the newly approved drug, palbociclib, more than doubled the time to cancer recurrence for women with hormone-receptor (HR+) positive metastatic breast cancer. [More]
Ventana, Halozyme partner to develop companion diagnostic assay for cancer treatment

Ventana, Halozyme partner to develop companion diagnostic assay for cancer treatment

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, announced today a global agreement to collaborate on the development of, and for Ventana to ultimately commercialize, a companion diagnostic assay for use with Halozyme's investigational new drug, PEGPH20 [More]
‘Real-world’ sunitinib findings support trial results

‘Real-world’ sunitinib findings support trial results

Results of postmarketing follow-up in Japanese patients confirm the efficacy and safety profile of sunitinib in advanced renal cell carcinoma. [More]
Six research teams awarded grant to accelerate discovery of new drugs for brain, nervous system disorders

Six research teams awarded grant to accelerate discovery of new drugs for brain, nervous system disorders

CQDM, Brain Canada and the Ontario Brain Institute award close to $8.5M to six (6) multi-disciplinary and multi-provincial research teams across Canada to address unmet needs in neuroscience within their Focus on Brain strategic initiative. To this amount, $1.5M is added from the various research entities involved as in-kind contributions. [More]
Second-generation antibiotic shows promise against common bacterial infections

Second-generation antibiotic shows promise against common bacterial infections

Researchers led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have developed a second-generation antibiotic that shows early effectiveness against common bacterial infections that pose a serious health threat to children and adults. [More]
Kidney function plays critical role in sepsis patients

Kidney function plays critical role in sepsis patients

Researchers at Duke Medicine have determined that kidney function plays a critical role in the fate of patients being treated for sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. [More]
FDA licenses Protein Sciences' Pearl River, NY facility to manufacture Flublok influenza vaccine

FDA licenses Protein Sciences' Pearl River, NY facility to manufacture Flublok influenza vaccine

Protein Sciences Corporation announced that on May 12, 2015 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration licensed its Pearl River, NY manufacturing facility for the commercial manufacturing of Flublok influenza vaccine. Flublok is the world's first licensed influenza vaccine made using modern recombinant technology. [More]
New landmark study to examine role of cocoa flavanols in maintaining cardiovascular health

New landmark study to examine role of cocoa flavanols in maintaining cardiovascular health

Recognizing that heart health is one of the world's most significant public health challenges, Mars, Incorporated, in collaboration with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is launching a five-year landmark study to examine the role of cocoa flavanols, plant-derived bioactives from the cacao bean, in helping people maintain cardiovascular health. [More]
UNC-Chapel Hill, GSK partner to find cure for HIV/AIDS

UNC-Chapel Hill, GSK partner to find cure for HIV/AIDS

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a leading global public research university with significant expertise in HIV basic and clinical research, and GSK, a global, research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company with a legacy of success in developing treatments for HIV, today announced the creation of the dedicated HIV Cure center and a jointly owned new company that will focus on discovering a cure for HIV/AIDS. [More]
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