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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Merck, Pfizer collaborate with Dako

Friday, September 25, 2015

As part of the global strategic alliance between Merck, based in Darmstadt, Germany, and Pfizer to jointly develop and commercialize avelumab, an investigational immune checkpoint inhibitor, the companies have announced a collaboration agreement with Dako, an Agilent Technologies company, for the development of a potential companion diagnostic test (CDx).

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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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Epizyme appoints Robert Bazemore president and CEO

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Epizyme, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical R&D company creating novel epigenetic therapeutics for cancer patients, has announced Robert Bazemore will succeed Robert Gould, Ph.D., as president and chief executive officer of Epizyme, effective Sept. 10. Bazemore also will join the Epizyme board of directors. Following the transition, Gould will continue to sit on the board and work as a consultant to the company.

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Report: Innovation trends in treatments for rare diseases and widespread conditions

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The antibiotics market is at risk of losing another decade to inadequate levels of research and innovation, according to international intellectual property firm Marks & Clerk’s new report From rare to routine—medicines for rare diseases, vaccines and antibiotics. Research highlights the striking difference between research levels into rare diseases, vaccines and antibiotics across the globe.

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Syndax appoints Dr. Briggs Morrison CEO, Michael Metzger president and COO

Monday, June 15, 2015

Syndax Pharmaceuticals, a privately held oncology company based in Waltham, Mass., has announced that Briggs W. Morrison, M.D., is joining the company as CEO and a member of the board of directors, and Michael A. Metzger is joining the company as president and chief operating officer. Morrison joins Syndax from AstraZeneca, where he was executive vice president, global medicines development and chief medical officer. Metzger joins from Regado Biosciences, where he was president and CEO through the company’s strategic merger with Tobira Therapeutics.

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Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium awarded $4.9M from GHIT

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium, a consortium dedicated to the development of a new pediatric formulation against schistosomiasis, has received almost $4.9 million from the Japanese Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund. The GHIT Fund reaffirms, with this second research grant, its confidence in the work being done by the consortium to offer a treatment solution for pre-school children and the future role that the consortium will be playing for the elimination of schistosomiasis

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EMD Serono makes key oncology appointments

Thursday, May 28, 2015

EMD Serono, the U.S. biopharmaceutical business of Germany’s Merck, has announced two critical management appointments to lead its entry into oncology. EMD Serono’s diversified oncology and immuno-oncology pipeline includes multiple, high-priority projects currently in development to optimize patient outcomes in challenging cancers that have significant unmet patient need.

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Fosun Pharma, HOPU Investments, CEL Healthcare Fund, WuXi PharmaTech to acquire Ambrx

Friday, May 22, 2015

A consortium—consisting of entities affiliated with Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group, HOPU InvestmentsChina Everbright’s Healthcare Fund and WuXi PharmaTech—has signed a merger agreement to acquire Ambrx. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

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