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EMA to Evaluate Liver Problems Linked to Zinbryta

    EMA to Evaluate Liver Problems Linked to Zinbryta

The European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) discussed the safety reviews of a variety of medications during its June 2017 meeting. The medicines in review included treatments for

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Making biological drugs with spider silk protein

    Making biological drugs with spider silk protein

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have managed to synthesise lung surfactant, a drug used in the care of preterm babies, by mimicking the production of spider silk. Animal studies

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Landmark clinical trial to help juvenile idiopathic arthritis sufferers

A clinical trial funded by Arthritis Research UK and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) led by professors from the Universities of Liverpool and Bristol has discovered a drug

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Phase 3 readout keeps Amgen in pole position for CGRP migraine drug

Amgen has firmed up its lead in the race to bring the first CGRP inhibitor to market for migraine after presenting positive results from its two phase 3 trials. The

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Fungi have enormous potential for new antibiotics

Fungi are a potential goldmine for the production of pharmaceuticals. This is shown by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, who have developed a method for finding new antibiotics from

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Novartis’ lung cancer drug combination receives EU approval

The European Commission has approved Novartis’ Tafinlar (dabrafenib) in combination with Mekinist (trametinib) for the treatment of patients with BRAF V600-positive advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The

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Anti-cancer drug gets a boost when combined with antirheumatic

Scientists at EPFL and NTU have discovered that combining an anticancer drug with an antirheumatic produces improved effects against tumors. The discovery opens a new path for drug-drug synergy. One

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Novartis puts the Development of two Anti-Aging Drugs in American Hands

PureTech will take on the development of two mTORC1 inhibitors from Novartis aimed at stopping the decline of the immune system associated with age. Novartis is building up the portfolio

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Verona Pharma pens trial deal with QuintilesIMS for RPL554

Last year, Cardiff, U.K.-based Verona secured £44.7 million ($65.6 million) from big-name investors on both sides of the Atlantic for work on its PDE3/PDE4 inhibitor RPL554, and has now teamed

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Shire’s HAE drug Cinryze secures label extension in Europe

Shire has secured label expansion approval from the European Commission for its hereditary angioedema therapy Cinryze. The European Commission (EC) has approved the label extension application, granting three new indications

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Debiopharm’s triptorelin 6-month formulation receives EU approval

Debiopharm International, a Swiss-based company, part of Debiopharm Group, announced that triptorelin 6-month formulation (Decapeptyl and Pamorelin 22.5 mg) received approval for the treatment of central precocious puberty (CPP) in

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British Biotech’s Breast Cancer Drug gets FDA Approval for Novartis

Novartis has received FDA approval for Kisqali, a first-line treatment for breast cancer originally developed by the British biotech Astex Pharmaceuticals. The oncology company Astex Pharmaceuticals, located in Cambridge’s biotech hub, entered

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MedImmune and Sanofi Pasteur form alliance to develop and commercialise potential next-generation respiratory syncytial virus antibody MEDI8897

MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, and Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, have announced an agreement to develop and commercialise MEDI8897 jointly. MEDI8897 is

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EU Grants Orphan Drug Designation for Epidermolysis Bullosa Treatment

Abeona Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing gene therapies for life-threatening rare diseases, announced today that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products has

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Actelion gets EU Approval to Launch a Treatment for a Rare Skin Cancer

Actelion has received approval from the European Commission for Ledaga, a treatment to prevent the progression of a rare form of skin cancer. After being acquired by Johnson & Johnson

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Owlstone Medical to provide breath biomarker services for 4D Pharma

Diagnostics company, Owlstone Medical, who is developing a breathalyser for disease has announced it has signed a master service agreement with pharmaceutical company 4D Pharma. The agreement will see 4D

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Sanofi and AstraZeneca to Collaborate on Antibody for Prevention of Respiratory Illnesses

Sanofi and its vaccines global business unit Sanofi Pasteur announced today an agreement with MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, to develop and commercialize a monoclonal antibody–called MEDI8897–for the

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Gene Therapy Lets a French Teen Dodge Sickle Cell Disease

A French teen who was given gene therapy for sickle cell disease more than two years ago now has enough properly working red blood cells to dodge the effects of

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Amarin reports 59% jump in sales for Vascepa drug

Amarin, the Irish biotech that has developed a drug to help reduce very high blood fat levels, saw sales jump 59 per cent last year. However, the company still reported

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DIA EuroMeeting explores the road ahead for drug development in the EU and UK

29 – 31 March 2017, Glasgow, United Kingdom. DIA, (founded as the Drug Information Association) announced critical workshops to be held at the 2017 DIA EuroMeeting. The goal of the

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Chocolate pill could help cut heart disease risk

The BlowFlow+ pill is the first such product to be made entirely out of chocolate. It’s available in the UK and is aimed at those suffering from heart problems. Research

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GSK Reports Positive Results for Once-Daily Inhaled Corticosteroid

GlaxoSmithKline plc and Innoviva, Inc. announced positive headline results from a non-inferiority lung function study, which demonstrated that patients with well-controlled asthma were able to switch to the once-daily Relvar Ellipta (fluticasone furoate/vilanterol,

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European Commission conditionally approves Roche’s cancer drug Alecensa

Roche’s oral ALK inhibitor, Alecensa, has been conditionally approved in the European Union as a monotherapy for anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive

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Dutch and German Biotechs enter the Clinic with their First Lanthipeptide

Lanthio Pharma has initiated a Phase I clinical trial with its lanthipeptide candidate MOR107, which is being developed as a

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DNA computer brings ‘intelligent drugs’ a step closer

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) present a new method that should enable controlled drug delivery into the bloodstream

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Mereo’s brittle bone drug joins EU’s adaptive pathways scheme

UK-based rare and speciality diseases group Mereo BioPharma says its brittle bone disease drug BPS-804 has been accepted to participate

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Swedish Fundraising brings Sickle Cell Disease Drug Closer to the Market

Modus Therapeutics has raised €3.4M to support the completion of a Phase II trial for sickle cell disease, a painful condition

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Liverpool Uni leads clinical trial of promising osteoarthritis drug

The University of Liverpool, in partnership with AKL Research and Development, will lead a clinical trial testing the potential of

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What Happened to the Smart Contact Lens for Diabetics?

Originally projected to be on the market by 2020, excitement about the contact lens to measure glucose levels from Novartis and Google

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Encouraging clinical results for an antibody drug to prevent or treat HIV

A new biologic agent – the most potent of its kind so far – is showing early promise as part

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EMA examines key Actelion med Uptravi following 5 patient deaths in France

Johnson & Johnson is counting on new buy Actelion’s pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) meds to provide a top-line boost once

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Irish State risks missing out on huge savings from generic drugs

The Irish Government risks losing out on hundreds of millions of euro in savings on its drug bill because of

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EU approval for Sanofi’s type 2 diabetes treatment

The European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorisation in Europe for Sanofi‘s Suliqua, a titratable fixed-ratio combination of basal insulin

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New drug for treatment of aggressive breast cancer found by Irish researchers

As recently published in the International Journal of Cancer, researchers from Breast-Predict, may have found a new drug for the

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