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MedImmune and Advaxis partner on immuno-oncology combination clinical trial

AstraZenecaAstraZeneca today announced that MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, has entered into a clinical trial collaboration with Advaxis, Inc., a US-based biotechnology company developing cancer immunotherapies.


Niacin too dangerous for routine cholesterol therapy

After 50 years of being a mainstay cholesterol therapy, niacin should no longer be prescribed for most patients due to potential increased risk of death, dangerous side effects and no benefit in reducing heart attacks and strokes, writes Northwestern MedicineĀ® preventive cardiologist Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., in a New England Journal of Medicine editorial.


AstraZeneca reveals designs for new Global R&D Centre and Corporate Headquarters in Cambridge, UK

AstraZenecaAstraZeneca today revealed the proposed designs for its new Global R&D Centre and Corporate Headquarters in Cambridge in the UK. The plans for the new facility, which will be located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC), include designs for the Global Centre, an R&D Enabling Building and an Energy Centre(1).


Novartis maintained strong innovation momentum in second quarter

NovartisNovartis Group net sales increased 2% (+2% cc) to USD 14.6 billion in the second quarter. Growth products contributed USD 4.7 billion or 32% of Group net sales, up 18% (USD) over the prior-year quarter. Group operating income increased 6% (+11% cc) to USD 3.1 billion. Currency had a negative impact of 5 percentage points, primarily due to the stronger Swiss franc and weakening of emerging market currencies, partly offset by a stronger euro.


Pfizer to Acquire InnoPharma, Inc.

PfizerPfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and InnoPharma, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical development company, today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Pfizer will acquire InnoPharma.


Taking B vitamins won't prevent Alzheimer's disease

Taking B vitamins doesn't slow mental decline as we age, nor is it likely to prevent Alzheimer's disease, conclude Oxford University researchers who have assembled all the best clinical trial data involving 22,000 people to offer a final answer on this debate. High levels in the blood of a compound called homocysteine have been found in people with Alzheimer's disease, and people with higher levels of homocysteine have been shown to be at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.


Novartis to license Google "smart lens" technology

NovartisNovartis announced that its eye care division Alcon has entered into an agreement with a division of Google Inc. to in-license its "smart lens" technology for all ocular medical uses. The agreement with Google[x], a team within Google that is devoted to finding new solutions to big global problems,


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