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December 28, 2012
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  • Why Kalydeco is the FDA's biggest approval of 2012
    Of the 40 new drug approvals by the FDA this year, one stands out above the rest, Matthew Herper writes. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation played a pivotal role in the development of Vertex's cystic fibrosis treatment Kalydeco, which directly acts on a gene that can cause cystic fibrosis, and groups such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Myelin Repair are playing similar roles in drug development. Forbes (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Health Care & Policy 
  • Celator begins Phase III study of injectable AML drug
    Celator Pharmaceuticals has started enrolling patients in a late-stage trial of CPX-351 (cytarabine:daunorubicin) liposome injection in patients with high-risk acute myeloid leukemia. The multicenter trial will be carried out in the U.S. and Canada. "The initiation of this study is an important milestone for CPX-351 and for Celator. We hope the data it provides will allow us to seek regulatory approval for CPX-351," Celator CEO Scott Jackson said. Pharmaceutical Business Review Online (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alnylam CEO predicts more NME approvals in 2013
    Drugmakers have improved at developing innovative medicines, and the FDA has struck a better balance in assessing risks and benefits, writes Alnylam Pharmaceuticals CEO John Maraganore. The result will be increasing approvals of new molecular entities, he predicts. Xconomy/Boston (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food & Agriculture 
  • Fast food -- not biotech salmon -- is the real threat to health
    AquaBounty Technologies' transgenic salmon is safe while the fast food Americans consume daily is not, bioethicist Art Caplan writes. Consumers shouldn't worry about the FDA's finding that there is no valid scientific reason to ban the sale of the biotech fish, according to Caplan, while consumer groups should focus their criticism on real threats. "Those who care about public health should not target bigger fish but the drive-thru," he writes. NBC News/Vitals blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Industrial & Environmental 
  • Researchers seek bioenergy crops for marginal lands in S.C.
    Researchers at the University of South Carolina and Clemson University are working together to test fast-growing, high-volume biomass crops such as energy cane for biofuel production. The project's goal is to develop bioenergy crops that can be grown profitably on marginal lands in South Carolina, said Steve Kresovich, a biologist at USC. SoutheastFarmPress.com (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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