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August 7, 2012
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  • Boehringer teams up with XOMA and Servier on uveitis drug
    Boehringer Ingelheim signed a deal with XOMA and Les Laboratoires Servier to manufacture gevokizumab, XOMA's novel interleukin 1-beta allosteric modulating antibody, at Boehringer's German facility for Servier's commercial use. XOMA's process and technology for commercial production will be transferred to Boehringer. Gevokizumab is in late-stage development for non-infectious uveitis. Pharmaceutical Business Review Online (8/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Biomedical firm and Navy collaborate on hemorrhagic shock drug
    Oxygen Biotherapeutics and the Naval Medical Research Unit of San Antonio agreed to research and develop perfluorocarbon-based drug candidate Oxycyte to treat hemorrhagic shock. Oxygen will examine the treatment's effectiveness and safety and look at hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers as possible therapy. The collaboration complements the Navy's research on Oxycyte's therapeutic potential against traumatic brain injury and decompression sickness. Pharmaceutical Business Review Online (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pluristem eyes orphan-drug status for placental stem cell therapy
    Pluristem Therapeutics plans to file with the FDA an orphan-drug application for stem cell treatment Placental eXpanded for aplastic bone marrow. The drugmaker said PLX saved the life of a 54-year-old Israeli woman with terminal bone marrow failure, the second successful treatment in three months. "The result of this unique case demonstrates that PLX cells could potentially be effective for use in cancer patients," Hadassah Medical Center's Reuven Or said. Globes (Israel) (8/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Silk stabilizers shield vaccines, antibiotics against heat
    A silk-based stabilizer developed with support from the NIH allowed some vaccines and antibiotics to maintain stability when stored in temperatures up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The researchers used silk films to protect bioactive molecules in antibiotics and vaccines against the effects of high storage temperatures and exposure to light. The silk stabilizers could become an alternative to refrigeration. (8/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Developments 
  • U.K. government and pharma to negotiate drug pricing in September
    The U.K. Health Department and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry plan to begin talks next month on a drug-pricing framework that is set to start in 2014. Health Minister Andrew Lansley advocated "value-based pricing," raising concern among drugmakers that the government will end up using rigid assessment to price medications. However, the change will be evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, the two sides said. Reuters (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ganeden receives GRAS notice from FDA
    An FDA notice indicated no question or objection to the Generally Recognized As Safe status of Ganeden Biotech's probiotic ingredient. The notice clears GanedenBC30 for use in baked goods, beverages and other food items. (free registration) (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industrial & Environmental 
  • Fiberight gets federal nod in waste-to-fuel process
    Fiberight has secured a key federal approval for its process of producing advanced biofuels from industrial and municipal waste. Fiberight demonstrated it can remove recyclable waste from organic waste, the company said. Fiberight plans a facility in Lawrenceville, Va., with the capacity of nearly 1 million gallons of biofuels annually. (8/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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