Monday, August 31, 2015
Eli Lilly has notified the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) of its intent to end its contract for the university’s management of the anti-amyloid treatment in asymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease (A4) study. The A4 study is a novel clinical trial testing solanezumab in the preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease in older individuals who have evidence of amyloid in their brains on a PET scan, but do not show symptoms of memory impairment. A4 has been managed by the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) at UCSD. Lilly, the NIH and multiple philanthropic organizations fund the study.
Emergent BioSolutions has authorized management to pursue a tax-free spinoff of the company’s biosciences business into a separate, stand-alone, publicly traded company. The spinoff is expected to create two independent public companies with distinct strategic plans, growth strategies, and operational and development priorities.
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.
Eli Lilly has inked two separate deals, one with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to research new medicines under development to fight cancer, and the second with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) to co-develop an investigational oncology compound, LY3023414, a PI3K/mTOR dual inhibitor.
The Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS), a global trade organization fully dedicated to representing the interests of clinical research sites, has announced a program for the 2015 Asia-Pac Site Solutions Summit. The Asia-Pac Site Solutions Summit will be July 30-31, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. The Summit is open to clinical research investigators, site executives and industry stakeholders.