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March 21, 2013
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Safinamide Hits Endpoints in Two Parkinson's Phase III Trials
Newron Pharmaceuticals SpA and its partner, Zambon SpA, remain on track to file for approval for safinamide as add-on therapy in Parkinson's disease in the fourth quarter, following the release of pivotal Phase III data at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in San Diego this week. Find out the details.

  Health Care & Policy 
  • Biogen reports MS drug trial results at neurology meeting
    A trial found that Biogen Idec's experimental drug peginterferon beta-1a cut the annual rate of relapse by 36% compared with placebo in patients with multiple sclerosis when given every two weeks. The study of the injectable drug, which would be sold as Plegridy is approved, was presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. Reuters (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Deals 
  • Biolife, Pevion enter manufacturing agreement for cancer vaccine
    Pevion Biotech agreed to manufacture Biolife Science's HER-Vaxx cancer vaccine for use in midstage trials for the treatment of gastric cancer. Pevion will be eligible for royalties on eventual sales of HER-Vaxx, which was developed using Pevion's vaccine technology and Biolife's peptides. Biolife plans to submit the vaccine for FDA approval in the third quarter. Australian Life Scientist (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food & Agriculture 
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  • Plan to cut Pentagon's biofuels budget falters in the Senate
    The Senate rejected an amendment that would have transferred $60 million from the Pentagon's drop-in biofuels budget to its operations and management budget. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., hailed his colleagues' decision, saying military dependence on "foreign fossil fuels and decades-old power systems" is a liability. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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