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Airlines concerned that Zika virus may be impacting travel: IATA CEO

A number of airlines have expressed concern that the rapidly spreading Zika virus may be affecting travel, the International Air Transport Association’s Director General and CEO Tony Tyler told reporters on Thursday.   The comment, made on the sidelines of an event hosted by the global airline trade group in New York, marks one of […]

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Flavonoids in fruits and veggies may help fight weight gain with age

(Reuters Health) – Eating lots of fruits and vegetables rich in flavonoid molecules might help adults minimize weight gain as they age, a recent study suggests. Most plants contain different flavonoids in varying concentrations. Some scientists believe these naturally occurring compounds have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that could help explain some of the health benefits […]

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AbelsonTaylor, HCB and JUICE Partner with MIT Hacking Medicine

AbelsonTaylor, HCB Health and JUICE Pharma Worldwide Partner with MIT Hacking Medicine To Host MedTech Workshop at 23rd Annual South by Southwest Interactive Festival Three-day event in Austin, TX will bring together healthcare start-ups, entrepreneurs, experts and patients to develop creative solutions for chronic health issues   Austin, TX (February 25, 2016)  Three leading independent […]

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U.S. Officials Alleged Corrupt Chinese Officials Financially Backed Scheme to Steal GlaxoSmithKline Secrets

PHILADELPHIA – Federal prosecutors alleged that officials within the Chinese government may have been involved in a scheme to steal billions of dollars worth of trade secrets from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for use by a China-based company known as Renopharma, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported this morning.   In January five people, including two GlaxoSmithKline employees, were […]

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Rani Therapeutics Tops $70 Million in Funding With Heavy Hitters like AstraZeneca, Novartis and Google

Rani Therapeutics, headquartered in San Jose, Calif., announced it had closed on its latest funding round, now totaling more than $70 million. Existing investors included Novartis (NVS), Google Ventures, Buttonwood, GF Ventures, KPC Pharmaceuticals, inCube Ventures and VentureHealth. New investors include AstraZeneca (AZN), Virtus Inspire Ventures, and Ping An Ventures. Rani focuses on a development […]

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Czech Republic reports first two Zika cases

The Czech Republic has identified its first cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in two Czechs returning from separate trips to the Caribbean, Health Minister Svatopluk Nemecek said on Thursday.   The World Health Organisation warned Wednesday that the Zika outbreak would likely worsen before any relief comes to the countries besieged by the virus. […]

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Verily, Vanderbilt named to launch U.S. Precision Medicine pilot

The National Institutes of Health on Thursday named Verily, formerly Google Life Sciences, as advisor to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University in a pilot program to launch the Precision Medicine Initiative outlined by President Barack Obama last year. The program aims to enroll 79,000 volunteer participants by the end of this year to supply personal data that […]

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AstraZeneca’s $4 billion Acerta deal endorsed by orphan drug status

AstraZeneca’s (AZN.L) bold move to buy 55 percent of privately held biotech firm Acerta Pharma for $4 billion in December has been vindicated, at least in part, by the award of special “orphan” status to the key experimental drug involved.   The drugmaker said on Thursday that the European Medicines Agency had recommended acalabrutinib as […]

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China pharmacies urge abolition of Alibaba Health drug tracking platform

A group of Chinese pharmacy chains has demanded the abolition of a medicine tracking platform run by Alibaba Health Information Technology, piling further pressure on the firm after China’s drug regulator suspended the system on Saturday. In a joint statement on Wednesday, the 19 firms called for the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) to […]

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FMC aims for 110,000 U.S. patients to be on Mircera in first-quarter

Kidney dialysis provider Fresenius Medical Care (FMC) expects more than 70 percent of eligible U.S. patients to have switched to cheaper alternative anemia treatment Mircera by the end of March, the German group’s chief executive said. About 155,000 of FMC’s 185,000 U.S. dialysis patients require treatment against anemia, or deficiency of red blood cells. The […]

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AureoGen Announces Licensing Agreement with Merck

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — AureoGen Biosciences Inc. today announced a licensing agreement with Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, for the use of AureoGen’s proprietary chemistry and compounds for the development of medicines for infectious disease, including systemic fungal infections. Under the agreement, Merck receives exclusive rights to […]

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Proving Zika guilty: A long and painstaking task

Evidence is building for the theory that Zika can cause newborn brain defects and the World Health Organization is promising more answers in weeks, but nailing a definitive link will be neither simple nor swift. Picking apart numerous potential connections between mothers who show evidence of infection with the mosquito-borne virus and babies born with […]

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Brexit is the wrong prescription, says European pharma industry

Britain’s departure from the European Union would threaten scientific research and jeopardize the 28-nation bloc’s system of drug regulation, the European pharmaceutical industry said on Wednesday.   The declaration is the clearest statement yet on the issue by an industry that includes EU-based players such as Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, France’s Sanofi and Germany’s Bayer. […]

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Regen BioPharma, Inc. Completes Preclinical Experimentation for Its siRNA NR2F6 Checkpoint Inhibitor

SAN DIEGO, February 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Regen BioPharma, Inc., (OTCBB: RGBP) and (PINK: RGBP) announced today completion of experiments, in collaboration with Dr. Santosh Kesari, demonstrating immunological mechanisms of its novel NR2F6 gene silencing approach.  Subsequent to these experiments, the Company has begun the process of compiling an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) with […]

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Otsuka Announces Worldwide Access Plan for Delamanid with Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility

MUNICH, February 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Recognizing the immediate need for access to new therapeutic options for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), Otsuka Novel Products GmbH (Otsuka) today announced an ambitious new public-private partnership with the Stop TB Partnership (Stop TB) to increase access and scale-up treatment of delamanid (Deltyba™) in low- and middle-income countries. Any country […]

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Nine Cancer Centers Accuse Genentech of Shipping Less Herceptin than Promised

Nine cancer care centers in seven states claim in a flurry of lawsuits that Genentech Inc. shipped less of its popular breast cancer-fighting drug Herceptin than labeled. The suits, filed in New York, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, Minnesota and Oklahoma, say vials of freeze-dried Herceptin when mixed with a liquid failed to produce the correct […]

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For Clinical Trials, Centralized Imaging Data Collection and Review Is a Must

  By Joseph Pierro, chief medical officer of Biomedical Systems.   In many clinical trials, clinical imaging plays an important role in the drug development process. Whether the trial involves drugs, biologics, or devices, imaging may be used to measure the efficacy and safety of the investigational product. An independent assessment based on the centralized […]

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Career Conversation on Inclusive Leadership

Registration is now open for Career Conversation 10 – Inclusive LeadershipMarch 1 – 12:00 PM ET – Webinar   What does it mean to be an inclusive leader, and why is inclusiveness important? What are the potential business benefits associated with an inclusive work environment or leadership style? And how can business professionals develop/strengthen their […]

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New Jersey Rare Disease Alliance Commemorates Global Rare Disease Day

Hosts February 29 Event on Building Relationships and Raising Awareness   Ramsey, NJ (February 19, 2016)  The New Jersey Rare Disease Alliance – dedicated to improving the lives of the more than 800,000 rare disease patients in New Jersey – is hosting an event on Monday, February 29 to observe global Rare Disease Day, at […]

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Greater Good Receives Registered Nonprofit Status To Partner With Global Clients, Local Charities

New York, NY (February 23, 2016) – Greater Good, the nonprofit subsidiary of The Greater Than One Group, has been designated a 501(c)(3) organization, allowing it to expand its nonprofit activities for charitable purposes. “Now with 501(c)(3) status, Greater Good can grow its efforts to help provide sustainable and impactful programs for people around the […]

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