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Pfizer and Synthon enter into U.S. commercialization agreement for potential generic treatment of multiple sclerosis

PfizerPfizer Inc. and Synthon, an international pharmaceutical company specializing in the development of complex generic medicines, today announced they have entered into an agreement whereby Pfizer has acquired the exclusive commercialization rights in the United States to glatiramer acetate, a potential generic version of the originator medicine Copaxone® for the treatment of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS).


Bristol-Myers Squibb establishes collaborative Immuno-Oncology Rare Population Malignancy (I-O RPM) program in the U.S.

Bristol-Myers SquibbBristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) has announced the establishment of the Immuno-Oncology Rare Population Malignancy (I-O RPM) program in the U.S. The I-O RPM program is a multi-institutional initiative with academic-based cancer centers focused on the clinical investigation of Immuno-Oncology therapeutics as potential treatment options for patients with high risk, poor prognostic cancers, defined as a rare population malignancy.


AstraZeneca and Isis Pharmaceuticals to discover and develop antisense drugs for cardiovascular, metabolic and renal diseases

AstraZenecaAstraZeneca and Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced a strategic collaboration to discover and develop antisense therapies for cardiovascular, metabolic and renal diseases. The new collaboration builds on a broad existing relationship between the two companies and supports AstraZeneca's strategic approach in these therapeutic areas using novel RNA-targeted treatments.


Findings provide more data that fish oil supplements' clear benefit is suspect

The importance of a diet rich in fish oils - now a billion dollar food-supplement industry - has been debated for over half a century. A few large clinical trials have supported the idea that fish oils confer therapeutic benefits to patients with cardiovascular disease. Researchers think that hearts and blood vessels may benefit in part from their anti-inflammatory properties.


Merck announces application period for start-ups

Merck KGaAMerck, a leading company for innovative, top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials, is calling for national and international start-ups to apply for funding of innovative ideas by August 14, 2015.


Bayer significantly improves earnings

BayerThe Bayer Group continued to grow sales in the second quarter of 2015 and significantly increased earnings. Sales of HealthCare increased by 28.0 percent (Fx & portfolio adj. 8.3 percent) to EUR 5,908 million in the second quarter (Q2 2014: EUR 4,615 million).


Firms 'underinvest' in long-term cancer research

Pharmaceutical firms "underinvest" in long-term research to develop new cancer-fighting drugs due to the greater time and cost required to conduct such research, according to a newly published study co-authored by MIT economists. Specifically, drugs to treat late-stage cancers are less costly to develop than drugs for earlier-stage cancers, partly because the late-stage drugs extend people's lives for shorter durations of time.


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