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Researchers Develop New Drug Candidate that Shows Potential in Treating Rare Leukemia

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have developed a new potential drug candidate that shows promise against a rare type of blood cancer, as well as potential in prostate cancer. The new drug candidate showed potential in laboratory studies against a rare type of acute leukemia. Additionally, separate studies …

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NIH Names Working Group to Steer President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that a panel of experts will steer President Obama’s $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative. Obama’s vision includes a national research cohort of one million or more participants who will volunteer to share their biological, environmental, lifestyle and behavioral information, as well as …

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Merck Serono and Intrexon Strike CAR-T Therapy Collaboration

Merck Serono is partnering with Intrexon Corporation to develop Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR-T) cancer therapies. The companies announced today that they have entered an exclusive strategic collaboration and license agreement for CAR-T cancer drugs, advancing Merck Serono’s comprehensive, science-driven strategy to develop innovative therapies that modulate the immune system’s …

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RXi and MirImmune Enter Licensing Deal for RXi’s Technology for Development of Cell-Based Cancer Immunotherapies

RXi Pharmaceuticals and privately-held MirImmune have entered into a license agreement to use RXi’s novel and proprietary technology for development of cell-based cancer drugs. The companies announced that they have entered into an exclusive license agreement to RXi’s sd-rxRNA technology for use in developing innovative cell-based cancer immunotherapies. The collaboration …

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Amgen’s deCODE Genetics Study Reveals Clues to Disease-Causing Genes

Amgen’s deCODE Genetics published four landmark papers built on whole-genome sequence data from more than 100,000 people from across Iceland. Research groups led by scientists from Amgen’s deCODE Genetics reported data that comprise the largest set of human genome sequenced from a single population in Nature Genetics. Four separate papers …

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Drug Companies Join Initiative to Decode 100,000 Human Genomes

A group of leading drugmakers have joined Genomics England in a new collaboration as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, aimed at accelerating the development of new drugs and diagnostics. Ten biopharma companies have joined together to create the Genomics Expert Network for Enterprises (GENE) Consortium, to oversee a year-long …

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AstraZeneca and Harvard Stem Cell Institute Team Up for Diabetes Research

AstraZeneca inked a five-year research deal with Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) for new treatments for diabetes. The company announced today that it has entered into a five-year research collaboration with HSCI to adapt a technique that creates human beta cells from stem cells for use in screens for AstraZeneca’s …

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VBL Therapeutics’ Experimental Brain Cancer Drug Improves Survival in Phase 2 Study

Israel’s VBL Therapeutics said that its experimental brain cancer drug met the main goal of improving overall survival in a mid-stage study. The company announced top-line interim results from its ongoing Phase II study of investigational VB-111 in patients with recurrent glioblastoma (rGBM). According to VBL, the drug demonstrated a …

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Merck’s Keytruda Tops Yervoy in Head-to-Head Melanoma Trial

Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) beat out Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Yervoy (ipilimumab) in a late-stage, head-to-head trial in patients with advanced melanoma. The company announced today that Keytruda demonstrated superior overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) compared to Yervoy in its Phase III study, known as KEYNOTE-006, in the first-line treatment of …

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Cypher Genomics’ New Technology Addresses Major Obstacle in Personalized Medicine for Cancer

A major bottleneck for realizing personalized medicine in cancer is understanding the clinical importance of tumor-specific genomic alterations, according to genome informatics company, Cypher Genomics, Inc. In an effort to address this challenge, the San Diego-based company announced that it has released a new software update to automate the interpretation …

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