Thursday, October 8, 2015
Inovio Pharmaceuticals has announced that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has exercised its option to provide an additional $24 million to support the Inovio-led development of multiple treatment and prevention approaches against Ebola. The option exercise, part of the $45 million Ebola program grant announced in April when Inovio received an initial $21 million award, was contingent upon Inovio successfully leading the completion of certain preclinical and clinical development milestones.
Winners have been announced for the Prostate Cancer DREAM Challenge, the first research challenge in prostate cancer to marry crowdsourcing with data sharing, paving a new way to tackle key research questions about metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), an advanced form of the disease with poor outcomes.
Multiple drugs to combat bioterrorism threats and other life-threatening bacterial infections will be developed under a public-private partnership agreement between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and AstraZeneca.
PeptiDream, a public Tokyo-based biopharmaceutical company, has announced a multi-target discovery and optimization collaboration with Sanofi. PeptiDream will use its proprietary Peptide Discovery Platform System (PDPS) technology to generate macrocyclic/constrained peptides against multiple targets of interest selected by Sanofi. Sanofi will have the right to develop and commercialize all therapeutic peptides resulting from the collaboration.