New technology that transforms a cell phone into a mobile polarized microscope can diagnose malaria in a Rwandan village with the same level of accuracy as a hi-tech lab in a major Western city, according to Texas A&M University biomedical engineers developing the device. “The way they diagnose malaria now is with a microscope but […]

The world’s first malaria vaccine is promising but should be used on a pilot basis before any wide-scale use, given its limited efficacy, World Health Organization (WHO) experts said on Friday. The decision is likely to delay a possible broad roll-out of the shot for between three and five years. GlaxoSmithKline’s Mosquirix could, in theory, […]

Scientists have found a genetic explanation for why the world’s first malaria vaccine is not very effective in protecting some African children against the deadly mosquito-borne disease. The analysis, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, comes at a critical time for the experimental shot from GlaxoSmithKline, when global experts are assessing […]

Three scientists from Japan, China and Ireland whose discoveries led to the development of potent new drugs against parasitic diseases such as malaria and elephantiasis won the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday. Irish-born William Campbell and Japan’s Satoshi Omura won half of the prize for discovering avermectin, a derivative of which has been used […]

The compound that detectives spray at crime scenes to find trace amounts of blood may be used one day to kill the malaria parasite. Luminol glows blue when it encounters the hemoglobin in red blood cells. And now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that they can trick malaria-infected […]

Martin Shkreli’s Turing Pharmaceuticals AG netted $90 million in Series A financing for use in advancing the company’s pipeline as well as possible M&A activity, the company announced this morning. New York-based Turing Pharmaceuticals is not sitting on the newly acquired funds. Today the company also announced that Turing acquired the U.S. rights to IMPAX […]

The world’s first malaria vaccine, which won a green light last week from European drugs regulators, will be rolled out gradually in Africa, its maker said on Wednesday. “We believe that there should be a thoughtful, staged roll-out of this vaccine, particularly because it is important that we acquire more knowledge about where it really […]

The world’s first malaria vaccine got a green light on Friday from European drugs regulators who recommended it as safe and effective to use in babies in Africa at risk of the mosquito-borne disease. The shot, called Mosquirix and developed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, would be the first licensed […]

GSK’s Malaria Vaccine Containing Agenus’ QS-21 Stimulon® Receives Positive Opinion from European Regulators for Prevention of Malaria in Young Children in Sub-Saharan Africa LEXINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Agenus Inc. (AGEN), an immunology company discovering and developing innovative treatments for cancers and other diseases, today announced that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) received a positive opinion for its Malaria vaccine […]

Sanofi and Regeneron’s new cholesterol drug Praluent could be recommended for approval in Europe as early as this week, along with the world’s first malaria vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline. A European green light for Praluent would put the closely watched so-called PCSK9 drug two months behind Amgen’s rival product Repatha, which was formally approved by the […]