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Actemra Receives FDA Approval for Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

May 1, 2013

Genentech announced that FDA has approved Actemra (tocilizumab) for the treatment of polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (PJIA) in children aged two years and older.

Pharmaco-Kinesis Corporation Develops First Nanodrug Combination for Glioma

May 1, 2013

Pharmaco-Kinesis Corporation (PKC) announced that it is developing the first nanodrug combination of Merck's temozolomide and Celgene's thalidomide (in a 50:50 ratio) for the treatment of gliomas and other cancers. PKC will collaborate with the University of California, San Diego's department of nano-engineering at the Moores cancer centre to develop the nanodroplet formulation.

Bayer to Acquire Conceptus for US$1.1 Billion

Apr 30, 2013

Bayer announced that it has signed a merger agreement with US-based birth-control specialist Conceptus.

Catalent Biologics Opens New Single-Use Biomanufacturing Facility in Madison

Apr 26, 2013

Catalent Pharma Solutions, a provider of drug and biologic development services, delivery technologies and supply solutions, has officially opened a new biomanufacturing center of excellence in Madison. The facility, which was constructed in response to customer demand, is expected to quadruple Catalent's current biologics manufacturing capacity and extensively utilise single-use technology for greater flexibility and efficiency. It will allow the company to extend its offerings in the biologics sector while enhancing the efficiency and output of its proprietary GPEx cell line engineering technology as well as other mammalian cell lines.

Lundbeck Launches Selincro as First Alcohol Dependence Drug in Europe

Apr 24, 2013

Lundbeck has launched Selincro in Norway, Finland, Poland and the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia for the treatment of alcohol dependence in patients with high-risk drinking levels. According to Lundbeck, the launch marks the first introduction of a new treatment for alcohol dependence in Europe for more than a decade.

BioOutsource Opens New Facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Apr 24, 2013

BioOutsource, a contract testing services provider to the biopharmaceutical industry, has opened a new facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The facility marks the company's first North American offices, which were opened in response to increasing demand for the company's bioanalytical and biosafety services, particularly in the field of biologic and biosimilar characterisation.

EMA Upgrades Database to Strengthen Supply Chain Security

Apr 23, 2013

EMA has upgraded its EudraGMP database to include information on GDP in addition to GMP. The new EudraGMDP database is a key deliverable of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) that came into effect in January 2013. The aim is to increase supply chain security in the EU by making supervision of manufacturing and distribution of medicines more robust to ensure supplier compliance.

AstraZeneca Seals Cancer Nanomedicine Deal with BIND Therapeutics

Apr 23, 2013

AstraZeneca and BIND Therapeutics have formed a strategic collaboration to develop and commercialise BIND's Accurin, a targeted and programmable cancer nanomedicine, based on a molecularly targeted kinase inhibitor developed and owned by AstraZeneca.

Positive Phase III Results for Lilly's Dulaglutide in the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

Apr 18, 2013

Eli Lilly has announced positive top-line results for two of its Phase III trials, AWARD-2 and AWARD-4, which evaluated dulaglutide as a once-weekly treatment in patients with type 2 diabetes. Both trials met the primary efficacy endpoints, demonstrating non-inferiority of dulaglutide compared to insulin glargine, measured by a reduction of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels at the 1.5 mg dose level.

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