PeptiDream, Sanofi collaborate

Monday, September 14, 2015

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.

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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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EMA approves GSK’s Malaria vaccine

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has received a positive opinion for its malaria vaccine candidate from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the EMA. The vaccine candidate Mosquirix (RTS,S) is the first QS-21 Stimulon containing product to receive a positive regulatory decision.

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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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MRC, GSK, five U.K. universities collaborate on difficult disease areas

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Medical Research Council (MRC), GlaxoSmithKline and five U.K. universities are collaborating on difficult disease areas. The Experimental Medicine Initiative to Explore New Therapies (EMINENT) network will be coordinated by University College London (UCL) and will bring together teams of researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, Newcastle, Imperial College London and UCL with GSK researchers to study the fundamental biological mechanisms responsible for a range of inflammatory diseases.

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Zogenix expands senior leadership team

Friday, July 10, 2015

Zogenix, a pharmaceutical company developing and commercializing products for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) disorders, has appointed Gail M. Farfel, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief development officer, and Thierry Darcis, M.D., M.B.A., executive vice president and general manager, Europe.

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