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AstraZeneca and Lilly announce alliance to develop and commercialise BACE inhibitor AZD3293 for Alzheimer's disease

AstraZenecaAstraZeneca and Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) today announced an agreement to jointly develop and commercialise AZD3293, an oral beta secretase cleaving enzyme (BACE) inhibitor currently in development as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

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Researcher develops and proves effectiveness of new drug for spinal muscular atrophy

According to recent studies, approximately one out of every 40 individuals in the United States is a carrier of the gene responsible for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a neurodegenerative disease that causes muscles to weaken over time. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have made a recent breakthrough with the development of a new compound found to be highly effective in animal models of the disease.

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Roche again ranked most sustainable healthcare company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

RocheFor the sixth consecutive year, Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) has been recognised by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) as the Group Leader in sustainability within the Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences Industry. This places Roche amongst the top 10 percent of companies across all surveyed industries.

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Diabetes researchers find faster way to create insulin-producing cells

University of British Columbia, in collaboration with BetaLogics Venture, a division of Janssen Research & Development, LLC, has published a study highlighting a protocol to convert stem cells into insulin-producing cells. The new procedure could be an important step in the fight against Type 1 diabetes.

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Blocking one receptor on cells could halt rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have shown for the first time how the activation of a receptor provokes the inflammation and bone degradation of rheumatoid arthritis - and that activation of this one receptor, found on cells in the fluid of arthritic joints, is all that is required.

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GSK joins with research councils in UK and South Africa to tackle non-communicable diseases

GlaxoSmithKlineGSK has announced a £5m collaboration with the UK and South African Medical Research Councils, to support much-needed research into non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa, as part of GSK's Africa NCD Open Lab initiative.

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Discovery paves the way for a new generation of chemotherapies

A new mechanism to inhibit proteasomes, protein complexes that are a target for cancer therapy, is the topic of an article published in the journal Chemistry & Biology. The first author of the study is Daniela Trivella, researcher at the Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory at the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (LNBio/CNPEM).

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