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Genentech initiates phase III trial of Rituxan

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Genentech has initiated a phase III clinical trial investigating the use of Rituxan (rituximab) in patients with pemphigus vulgaris (PV), a rare, chronic and potentially fatal, blistering skin disease. The aim of the study, called PEMPHIX, is to determine the efficacy and safety of Rituxan for the treatment of PV. The current standard-of-care includes high doses of corticosteroids taken for several weeks and corticosteroids in combination with the off-label use of corticosteroid-sparing immunosuppressive drugs for many months, which can cause significant, long-term side effects.

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Amneal launches new biosciences unit

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched Amneal Biosciences, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amneal Biosciences will focus exclusively on the commercialization of high-barrier-to-entry generic and specialty pharmaceuticals such as injectables, oncologics and biosimilars to healthcare providers globally.

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Report examines brand committees

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Life sciences organizations typically implement cross-functional brand commercialization committees to drive product development and maximize commercial success, according to a new study by pharmaceutical intelligence firm Cutting Edge Information. Those groups often are tasked with making key brand strategy decisions and with coordinating a broad range of brand activities throughout the product lifecycle.

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Enumeral, UMass Medical ink agreement

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Enumeral Biomedical Holdings has entered into a research study agreement with University of Massachusetts Medical School, which includes the institution’s clinical partner, UMass Memorial HealthCare. UMass Medical will provide Enumeral with tissue samples and blood samples from subjects with melanoma who are being treated with Ipilimumab (Yervoy). Enumeral will fund the tissue collection activities, and Enumeral will have access to the samples for research-only use in in-vitro studies.

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