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Novartis accelerates cancer immunotherapy efforts with Aduro Biotech alliance and launch of new immuno-oncology research group

NovartisNovartis announced today that it is stepping up its efforts to harness the body's immune system to combat cancer. The company has entered into a major multiyear alliance with Aduro Biotech that is focused on the discovery and development of next generation cancer immunotherapies targeting the STING (Stimulator of Interferon Genes) pathway and launched a new immuno-oncology research group led by renowned cancer vaccine expert Glenn Dranoff, MD.

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AstraZeneca joins Genomics England consortium

AstraZenecaAstraZeneca has joined a public-private consortium with Genomics England to accelerate the development of new diagnostics and treatments arising from the 100,000 Genomes Project. The GENE Consortium (Genomics Network for Enterprises Consortium) is a unique partnership between industry, academia and the National Health Service (NHS) Genomic Medicine Centres,

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GSK's 2015 Discovery Fast Track Challenge seeks early drug discovery partnerships with academics in Europe, Canada and US

GlaxoSmithKlineGSK is encouraging academic scientists in Europe, Canada and the US to submit their novel early drug discovery research proposals into its third annual Discovery Fast Track Challenge - a programme designed to accelerate the translation of early-stage research into game-changing new medicines.

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AstraZeneca to collaborate with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in diabetes

AstraZenecaAstraZeneca today announced that it has entered into a five-year research collaboration with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) to adapt a technique that creates human beta cells from stem cells for use in screens of AstraZeneca's compound library in the search for new treatments for diabetes.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb acquires exclusive license from Novo Nordisk for a discovery research program focused on autoimmune diseases

Bristol-Myers SquibbBristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced the company has signed an agreement with Novo Nordisk under which Bristol-Myers Squibb will acquire an exclusive global license to a discovery biologics research program focused on modulating the innate immune system as a therapy for autoimmune diseases.

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Pfizer and Lilly preparing to resume Phase 3 chronic pain program for Tanezumab

PfizerPfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) announced today that they are preparing to resume the Phase 3 clinical program for tanezumab. As a result, Pfizer expects to receive a $200 million upfront payment from Lilly in accordance with their collaboration agreement.

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AstraZeneca announces positive Phase III top-line results for PT003 from PINNACLE 1 and PINNACLE 2 studies in COPD

AstraZenecaAstraZeneca today announced positive top-line results from the Phase III PINNACLE programme, which included two pivotal 24-week studies (PINNACLE 1 and PINNACLE 2) to investigate the potential of PT003 to improve lung function in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

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