Thursday, August 20, 2015
Lundbeck, a global pharmaceutical company specializing in brain disorders, has joined the Global Alzheimer’s Platform (GAP) to help accelerate the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. GAP is a research initiative that aims to reduce the time and costs of Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials, develop an infrastructure that promotes innovation, and assure international collaboration on Alzheimer’s disease treatments.
The Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO) has elected several new additions to its board of directors. The new board members include Daniel Brennan of Lundbeck U.S., Jamie Oldani of Eli Lilly, Susanne Resatz of Vetter Development Services USA and Geeta Vemuri of Baxter Ventures.
The Lieber Institute for Brain Development (LIBD), an independent nonprofit, and pharmaceutical companies Astellas, Eli Lilly, Lundbeck, Pfizer and Roche are participating in an early-stage research consortium to analyze RNA, the genomic and epigenetic data obtained from human brains. The goal of the consortium is to expand knowledge around the genetic contribution to brain disorders in the hope of identifying potential new treatment options.
H. Lundbeck and Otsuka Pharmaceutical said their existing alliance now also includes development and commercialization of nalmefene (sold under the brand name Selincro in Europe) in Japan. Earlier this year, nalmefene was approved by the EMA as the first treatment for the reduction of alcohol consumption.