Bristol-Myers Squibb

FDA approves cancer drug Keytruda

Monday, October 5, 2015

The FDA has granted Accelerated Approval for Keytruda (pembrolizumab) to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has progressed after other treatments and with tumors that express a protein called PD-L1. Keytruda is approved for use with a companion diagnostic, the PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx test, the first test designed to detect PD-L1 expression in non-small cell lung tumors.

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EMD Serono appoints U.S. CMO

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

EMD Serono, the U.S. biopharmaceutical business of Germany-based Merck, has appointed Joseph Leveque, M.D., as U.S. chief medical officer. Leveque will be responsible for working with the regulatory, medical and development teams to enhance EMD Serono’s clinical presence in the U.S. and to drive the execution of crucial medical initiatives.

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Albireo appoints Cooper as CEO

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ron Cooper has joined Albireo, a privately held company focused through its operating subsidiary on the development of bile acid modulators to treat orphan pediatric and adult liver diseases, NASH and gastrointestinal disorders, as president and chief executive officer.

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Report: Cancer deaths hitting U.K. in wallet

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A new report says the difference in cancer survival rates between England and rest of Europe has stood at about 10% for the past 20 years, and closing that divide would add about £117 million ($180 million) a year to the U.K. economy.

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PPD adds Michael Gold to neuroscience team

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) has announced that Michael Gold, M.D., has joined PPD’s neuroscience team to serve as vice president of global product development, strengthening the company’s ability to help biopharmaceutical clients manage the complex world of nervous system disorders and deliver therapies more efficiently and cost-effectively.

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Biocept CFO resigns; interim replacement named

Monday, August 24, 2015

Biocept, a San Diego-based molecular diagnostics company commercializing and developing liquid biopsies to improve the detection and treatment of cancer, has announced the voluntary resignation of Bill Kachioff, senior vice president and chief financial officer, to pursue other business opportunities. The company also announced that Mark G. Foletta has been appointed as the company’s interim chief financial officer, effective immediately.

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Tekmira changes name to Arbutus Biopharma, a hepatitis B solutions company

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, plans to change its corporate name to Arbutus Biopharma, a therapeutic solutions company focused on developing a cure for chronic hepatitis B virus infection (HBV), to be effective on or before Aug. 3. The name change affirms the successful integration of OnCore BioPharma and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals into a combined company with the singular goal of delivering a cure for chronic HBV. The combined entity currently fields a large portfolio of HBV product candidates in the industry.

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