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Vical and AnGes to Develop Therapy for Ebola Virus

January 14, 2015 8:38 am | News | Comments

Vical Incorporated and AnGes MG announced today that they have entered into collaboration to develop and commercialize an equine polyclonal antibody therapy for patients afflicted with Ebola virus disease. No medicines or vaccines are currently approved for the treatment of Ebola.

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SGS Expands Biomarker Services

January 14, 2015 8:28 am | News | Comments

SGS Life Science Services today announced that its laboratory in Poitiers, France, has successfully completed a full analytical validation of the novel Meso Scale Discovery (MSD®) V-PLEX 10-plex Proinflammatory Panel I, for use with human plasma samples.

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AstraZeneca’s BRILINTA® Meets Primary Endpoint in Both 60mg and 90mg Doses

January 14, 2015 8:19 am | News | Comments

The study assessed BRILINTA® (ticagrelor) tablets at either 60mg twice daily or 90mg twice daily plus low-dose aspirin for the secondary prevention of atherothrombotic events in patients who had experienced a heart attack one to three years prior to study start.

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US Job Openings at Fourteen-Year High

January 14, 2015 8:10 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That suggests businesses are determined to keep adding staff because they are confident strong economic growth will create more demand for their goods and services.

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No Sign of Ebola for CDC Lab Worker Feared Exposed Weeks Ago

January 13, 2015 4:16 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials say a federal laboratory technician who was possibly exposed to the Ebola virus did not get sick. Officials on Tuesday said the employee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn't shown any symptoms since the incident Dec. 22.

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Steel-Studded Pill May Signal the End of Injections

January 13, 2015 2:39 pm | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief | Videos | Comments

Drug bioavailability is a major concern for all pharmaceutical companies. Being able to deliver the therapeutic benefits of the treatment at the right dosage and at the correct time and for the proper duration is a major stumbling block for any drug development program.

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Roche, Meiji and Fedora to Collaborate on New Antibiotic to Fight Increasing Bacterial Resistance

January 13, 2015 11:26 am | News | Comments

Roche, Meiji Seika Pharma and Fedora have entered into a license agreement for the development and commercialization of OP0595, a beta-lactamase inhibitor in phase I clinical development. Under the agreement, Roche obtains worldwide rights from both companies for development and commercialization with the exception of Japan, where Meiji will retain sole commercialization rights.

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Judge Cuts Damages for Teacher Fired for In Vitro Treatment

January 13, 2015 11:11 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has significantly reduced the nearly $2 million in damages awarded to a former teacher fired by a Roman Catholic diocese for trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization.         

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GlobalData: Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Market to be Transformed by Novel Drug and Biosimilar Launches

January 13, 2015 11:03 am | News | Comments

The global Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) treatment market value will witness steady growth, from $15.6 billion in 2013 to $19.3 billion in 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 2.1%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. 

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Photo of the Day - Medical Marijuana

January 13, 2015 10:55 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief | News | Comments

While Colorado and Washington have become ground zero for the incredible growth in legal marijuana usage, the states have also become safe havens for those that need easy access to medical marijuana.         

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Pharmacyclics Reports Good Revenue from Imbruvica

January 13, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Pharmacyclics jumped Tuesday morning after the cancer treatment developer announced better-than-expected revenue forecasts for Imbruvica, a leukemia drug it sells with a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.      

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AMRI Announces CFO Transition

January 13, 2015 9:03 am | News | Comments

AMRI has announced that Michael M. Nolan, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will be departing AMRI. Nolan will remain with AMRI through February 2015 to support an orderly transition.The company also announced that Felicia Ladin will join the company in the same role, effective February 4, 2015.

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CDC Says Doctors Aren't Doing Enough to Fight Flu

January 13, 2015 8:58 am | Videos | Comments

With high levels of flu activity spreading, the CDC urges doctors to increase use of antiviral medicines.                         

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New Antibiotic Fights Superbugs

January 13, 2015 8:51 am | Videos | Comments

Scientists are hopeful that a new discovery may be a game-changer in the fight against superbugs.                          

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Harvard Researchers Bolster Chemical Production by Bacteria

January 13, 2015 8:40 am | by Andrew Szal, Editor, Pharmaceutical Processing | News | Comments

Their report, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, detailed how scientists engineered the common E. coli bacteria to produce desirable chemicals at an output 30 times greater and a rate 1,000 times faster than previously possible.

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