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VEGF is a substance made by cells that stimulates new blood vessel formation. Also called vascular endothelial growth factor.

FDA approves Cyramza to treat patients with advanced stomach cancer

Based on results of a clinical trial led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a molecularly targeted drug as second-line treatment in advanced stomach cancer that has progressed after standard chemotherapy has failed. [More]
Scientists examine Gpr109a receptor to find potential treatment for diabetic retinopathy

Scientists examine Gpr109a receptor to find potential treatment for diabetic retinopathy

Like a daily pill to lower cholesterol can reduce heart attack and stroke risk, an easy-to-use agent that reduces eye inflammation could help save the vision of diabetics, scientists say. [More]

FDA approves molecularly targeted drug as second-line treatment for advanced stomach cancer

Based on results of a clinical trial led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a molecularly targeted drug as second-line treatment in advanced stomach cancer that has progressed after standard chemotherapy has failed. [More]
Iconic Therapeutics completes $20 million Series B-1 equity financing

Iconic Therapeutics completes $20 million Series B-1 equity financing

Iconic Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing therapeutics for serious eye disorders, announced today that it has successfully completed a $20 million Series B-1 equity financing from new investors MPM Capital, Lundbeckfond Ventures, and H.I.G. BioVentures. [More]
Competitive Intelligence Report on biosimilar and biosuperior therapeutic antibodies

Competitive Intelligence Report on biosimilar and biosuperior therapeutic antibodies

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Competitor Analysis: Biosimilar and Biosuperior Therapeutic Antibodies" report to their offering. [More]

BIDMC scientist wins Gairdner Award for landmark discovery in the field of angiogenesis

Harold F. Dvorak, MD, senior investigator in the Center for Vascular Biology Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and former chairman of BIDMC's Department of Pathology, is one of eight scientists to win the 2014 Canada Gairdner Awards, which recognize some of the most significant medical discoveries from around the world. Awarded by the Gairdner Foundation, based in Canada, the awards are considered among the most prestigious international awards in medical research. [More]
Research report on China's bevacizumab market

Research report on China's bevacizumab market

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Investigation Report on China Bevacizumab Market, 2009-2018" report to their offering. [More]
Insulin-secreting beta cells of pancreas have capacity to regenerate, say scientists

Insulin-secreting beta cells of pancreas have capacity to regenerate, say scientists

Vanderbilt University scientists have found evidence that the insulin-secreting beta cells of the pancreas, which are either killed or become dysfunctional in the two main forms of diabetes, have the capacity to regenerate. [More]

Ocular Therapeutix starts Phase 3 clinical program to evaluate safety, efficacy of dexamethasone

Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. announces the start of its Phase 3 clinical program to evaluate the safety and efficacy of their sustained release dexamethasone, an ophthalmic corticosteroid for the treatment of post-operative inflammation and pain following cataract surgery. Ocular Therapeutix's dexamethasone is administered as a one-time, bioabsorbable intracanalicular plug for release of the steroid to the ocular surface for up 30 days. [More]
Synta Pharmaceuticals' Hsp90 inhibitor ganetespib selected for study in I-SPY 2 TRIAL

Synta Pharmaceuticals' Hsp90 inhibitor ganetespib selected for study in I-SPY 2 TRIAL

Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. and QuantumLeap Healthcare Collaborative today announced that Synta's lead drug candidate, the Hsp90 inhibitor ganetespib, has been selected for study in the I-SPY 2 TRIAL (Investigation of Serial Studies to Predict Your Therapeutic Response with Imaging And moLecular Analysis 2). [More]

ThromboGenics receives IWT grant to study potential new biotherapeutics for DME

ThromboGenics NV, an integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic medicines for the back of the eye, today announces that it has been awarded a €3 million grant from the Flemish agency for Innovation by Science and Technology. [More]
Bayer Yakuhin submits marketing authorization application in Japan for EYLEA Injection

Bayer Yakuhin submits marketing authorization application in Japan for EYLEA Injection

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that Bayer HealthCare's Japanese subsidiary, Bayer Yakuhin, Ltd., has submitted an application for marketing authorization for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for the treatment of patients with diabetic macular edema (DME) to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. [More]

Ophthotech reports net loss of $20.4 million for fourth quarter 2013

Ophthotech Corporation today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013 and provided an update on the Company's business and product development programs. [More]

Regeneron receives FDA acceptance for EYLEA injection for treatment of macular edema

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for standard review the Company's supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection for the treatment of Macular Edema following Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion (BRVO). [More]

Bevacizumab offers no benefit for patients newly diagnosed with glioblastoma

Adding bevacizumab (Avastin) to standard chemotherapy and radiation treatment does not improve survival for patients newly diagnosed with the often deadly brain cancer glioblastoma, researchers report in the Feb. 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
Bayer enrolls patients for Phase III trial of Stivarga (regorafenib) tablets in colorectal cancer

Bayer enrolls patients for Phase III trial of Stivarga (regorafenib) tablets in colorectal cancer

Bayer HealthCare today announced that the company has begun to enroll patients in the COAST trial studying Stivarga® (regorafenib) tablets in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients with resected liver metastases. [More]

CardioCell announces new clinical trials using allogeneic stem-cell therapy to treat subjects with AMI

CardioCell LLC announces two new clinical trials using its allogeneic stem-cell therapy to treat subjects with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), a problem facing more than 1.26 million Americans annually. [More]
Aerpio Therapeutics doses first patient in AKB-9778 Phase 2 trial for diabetic macular edema treatment

Aerpio Therapeutics doses first patient in AKB-9778 Phase 2 trial for diabetic macular edema treatment

Aerpio Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on advancing innovative therapies for vascular diseases, today announced that it has dosed the first patient in a Phase 2 trial evaluating AKB-9778, a Tie2 activator, alone and in combination with ranibizumab (Lucentis) for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME). AKB-9778 is a first-in-class inhibitor of human protein tyrosine phosphatase beta (HPTPβ) that activates the Tie2 pathway to promote vascular stability, preventing abnormal blood vessel growth and vascular leak. [More]
Researchers discover highly accurate, noninvasive test to identify benign pancreatic cysts

Researchers discover highly accurate, noninvasive test to identify benign pancreatic cysts

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered a highly accurate, noninvasive test to identify benign pancreatic cysts, which could spare patients years of nerve-racking trips to the doctor or potentially dangerous surgery. [More]

Study: Ipilimumab with VEGF inhibitors may be potential option for melanoma patients

Among patients with advanced melanoma, presence of higher levels of the protein vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in blood was associated with poor response to treatment with the immunotherapy ipilimumab, according to a study published in Cancer Immunology Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. [More]