Friday, November 20, 2015
Gurnet Point Capital, an investment firm focused on the healthcare and life sciences sectors that was founded by Ernesto Bertarelli and is led by Christopher Viehbacher, has launched Boston Pharmaceuticals, a fully integrated drug development company that will offer an innovative alternative model for drug development and commercialization.
In a recent study, only two-thirds of clinical trials per drug that supported new drug approvals in 2012 were disclosed, falling below legal and ethical standards.
BioNTech, a Mainz, Germany-based immunotherapy provider, have entered into a multiyear exclusive collaboration and license agreement to leverage the scientific expertise of the two organizations to discover and develop up to five cancer immunotherapies, each consisting of a mixture of synthetic messenger RNAs (mRNAs).
In an effort to accelerate timelines and decrease development costs of life-saving vaccines, the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) and Sanofi Pasteur have established the Global Health Vaccine Center of Innovation (GHVCI), to be based at IDRI in Seattle. The project is funded in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The GHVCI represents an alliance among the three organizations, focused on accelerating the development of vaccines and associated technologies to fight a wide range of global infectious diseases, and ensuring that those critical vaccines are accessible globally, especially to people in need within developing countries.
Researchers funded by the NIH and the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH) have expanded a recently launched online library, called a knowledge portal, which allows open-access searching of human genetic and clinical information on type 2 diabetes. Individual data will remain confidential. The portal includes information from several major international networks, collected from decades of research.
Winners have been announced for the Prostate Cancer DREAM Challenge, the first research challenge in prostate cancer to marry crowdsourcing with data sharing, paving a new way to tackle key research questions about metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), an advanced form of the disease with poor outcomes.
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.
The results of two recent studies suggest that the dispersion of clinical trials is not nearly as global as commonly believed.