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Bayer closes acquisition of consumer care business of Merck & Co., Inc., United States, for USD 14.2 billion

BayerBayer has completed the acquisition of the consumer care business of the U.S. pharmaceuticals group Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. The transaction closed on October 1, 2014, following receipt of required antitrust approvals.

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Pfizer and Kyowa Hakko Kirin to collaborate on immuno-oncology combination study

PfizerPfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and Kyowa Hakko Kirin (Tokyo:4151), have entered into an agreement to explore the therapeutic potential of the combination of Pfizer's PF-05082566, an investigational, fully humanized monoclonal antibody (mAb) that stimulates signaling through 4-1BB (CD-137), a protein involved in regulation of immune cell activation, proliferation and survival, with Kyowa Hakko Kirin's anti-CCR4 antibody mogamulizumab,

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Transplant drug could boost the power of brain tumor treatments

Every day, organ transplant patients around the world take a drug called rapamycin to keep their immune systems from rejecting their new kidneys and hearts. New research suggests that the same drug could help brain tumor patients by boosting the effect of new immune-based therapies.

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New research outlines promising therapies for small cell lung cancer

Two recently published studies by a research team at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center have the potential to advance treatments for small cell lung cell cancer (SCLC). This aggressive form of lung cancer has seen no treatment advances in 30 years and "is a disease in urgent need of new drug therapies," write the study's authors.

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Novo Nordisk establishes new obesity research unit in Seattle

Novo NordiskNovo Nordisk has announced that the company will establish a new obesity research unit in Seattle, Washington, in the US. The new unit is a result of Novo Nordisk's increasing focus on treatment of obesity. Its main task will be to identify novel approaches and targets for obesity treatments while increasing the scientific understanding of existing obesity targets.

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Discrepancies in access to new cancer drugs revealed

Access to potentially life-extending cancer drugs varies significantly in different regions of the world, two new studies show at the ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid, Spain. Researchers say the results demonstrate the need for better collaboration between doctors and health authorities on an international scale, to ensure patients have access to the best treatments.

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MedImmune and Cancer Research UK establish joint CRUK-MEDI Alliance Laboratory

AstraZenecaAstraZeneca today announced that MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, and Cancer Research UK, with its commercial arm, Cancer Research Technology (CRT), have entered into an innovative collaboration to establish a joint laboratory in Cambridge, UK.

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