FDA approves Repatha injection

Monday, August 31, 2015

Repatha, the second drug approved in a new class of drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors, has been approved by the FDA for use in addition to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy in adult patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH), homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH), or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, such as heart attacks or strokes, who require additional lowering of LDL cholesterol.

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Report: Innovation trends in treatments for rare diseases and widespread conditions

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The antibiotics market is at risk of losing another decade to inadequate levels of research and innovation, according to international intellectual property firm Marks & Clerk’s new report From rare to routine—medicines for rare diseases, vaccines and antibiotics. Research highlights the striking difference between research levels into rare diseases, vaccines and antibiotics across the globe.

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Halozyme names Laurie Stelzer CFO

Monday, June 8, 2015

Halozyme Therapeutics, an oncology biotech company headquartered in San Diego, has announced its chief financial officer David Ramsay will retire this summer, and named biotech veteran Laurie Stelzer as his successor. Stelzer will assume chief financial officer  duties on June 15 and will work with Ramsay through a transition period.

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Amgen launches program to further advance basic biology research

Monday, June 1, 2015

Amgen has created a catalog of qualified tools and reagents available to academic institutions to help further research and advance basic discoveries in biology, as well as deepen relationships with academic institutions. This catalog and its associated materials are called the Amgen Biology-Enabling Resource (AmBER). 

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Amgen releases phase III AMG 416 data for secondary hyperparathyroidism in CKD

Friday, May 29, 2015

Amgen has released pooled data from two pivotal phase III, global, randomized, placebo-controlled trials evaluating AMG 416, a novel calcimimetic, for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) receiving hemodialysis. Both studies met the primary endpoint, demonstrating that a greater proportion of patients in the AMG 416 groups achieved a greater than 30% reduction in parathyroid hormone (PTH) during the efficacy assessment phase compared with placebo.

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Ruthigen, Pulmatrix ink merger agreement

Monday, March 16, 2015

Ruthigen, a biopharmaceutical company based in Santa Rosa, Calif., and Pulmatrix, a Lexington, Mass.-based clinical stage biotech, have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Pulmatrix will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ruthigen and all of Pulmatrix’s debt and equity securities outstanding prior to the consummation of the merger will be exchanged for shares of Ruthigen common stock that will represent approximately 81% of the outstanding common stock of Ruthigen.

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International GPCR Consortium adds Novo Nordisk and Merck

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The GPCR Consortium, an international nonprofit collaboration that comprises academic research institutes in the U.S. and China and major pharma companies around the world, has announced Novo Nordisk and Merck as new members. The companies join AmgenSanofi and Ono in the GPCR Consortium. The research funded by the GPCR Consortium currently is conducted at the Bridge Institute at the University of Southern CaliforniaShanghai Institute of Materia Medica and the iHuman Institute at ShanghaiTech University.

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