Technology & Devices

AstraZeneca Enters Respiratory Disease mRNA Collaboration with Ethris

MUNICH & GAITHERSBURG, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ethris GmbH, a leader in mRNA-based therapeutics with specific expertise in pulmonary disease, today announced a five-year strategic research collaboration with AstraZeneca and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune. The collaboration is focused on developing new stabilised non-immunogenic modified RNA therapies for respiratory diseases …

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Fluidigm Licenses CFTR NGS Assay from Baylor Genetics for Use with the Juno System

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ:FLDM) and Baylor Genetics today announced that they have entered into a licensing agreement to offer a next-generation sequencing (NGS) library prep assay that enables efficient sequencing of the CFTR (cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator) gene. Under the …

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Ligand Receives $2 Million from WuXi Biologics for Licensing anti-PD-1 Antibody Using OmniAb Technology

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: LGND) (“Ligand” or “the Company”) announces that it will receive a $2 million payment from WuXi Biologics subsequent to their licensing of exclusive rights to the anti-PD-1 antibody GLS-010 to Arcus Biosciences in North America, Europe, Japan and certain other territories. Ligand is also entitled …

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Biocept and UT Southwestern Medical Center Announce Study to Profile & Monitor NSCLC Cancer Patients with ALK Rearrangements

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Biocept, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOC), a leading commercial provider of liquid biopsy tests designed to provide physicians with clinically actionable information to improve the outcomes of cancer patients, announces it has entered into a clinical study agreement with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical …

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Liquid Biopsies Find Distinct Genomic Profiles in Most Patients with Carcinoma of Unknown Primary

PHILADELPHIA — Next-generation sequencing of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) identified distinct genomic profiles with potentially targetable alterations in 99.7 percent of patients with carcinoma of unknown primary (CUP) who have detectable alterations, according to results published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. “Our research is the first …

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Takeda and Molecular Templates Collaborate for Next-Generation Oncology Therapies

OSAKA, Japan & AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) and Molecular Templates, Inc. today announced a collaboration agreement for oncology drug discovery programs. The collaboration will apply Molecular Templates’ engineered toxin bodies (ETB) technology platform to potential therapeutic targets provided by Takeda through a joint scientific committee of …

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Jazz Pharmaceuticals to Use XL-Protein’s Technology Platform to Develop Long-Acting Asparaginase Product Candidates

DUBLIN, July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: JAZZ) today announced that it has entered into a license agreement with XL-protein GmbH (“XLp”) for the rights to develop, manufacture and commercialize products using XLp’s PASylation® Technology to extend the plasma half-life of selected asparaginase product candidates.  Under the …

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Adaptive’s ImmunoSEQ Platform to be Used for Immunosequencing-Based Biomarker Discovery in NCI Trials

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adaptive Biotechnologies, a pioneer in combining next-generation sequencing and expert bioinformatics to profile T-cell and B-cell receptors (TCRs and BCRs) of the adaptive immune system, today announced a translational collaboration with the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of …

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New Imaging Technique Able to Watch Molecular Dynamics of Neurodegenerative Diseases

WASHINGTON — Researchers have developed a fast and practical molecular-scale imaging technique that could let scientists view never-before-seen dynamics of biological processes involved in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. The new technique reveals a sample’s chemical makeup as well as the orientation of molecules making up …

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New Data Network for Huntington’s Disease Research

Huntington’s disease is an hereditary disorder of the nervous system caused by a faulty gene on chromosome four. The faulty gene leads to cell death in neurons in the brain resulting in gradual physical, mental and emotional changes, and ultimately death. Those born to a parent with Huntington’s disease have …

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