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September 16, 2014

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1:44 PM | Urugenomes
Urugenomes."El objetivo general del proyecto es el desarrollo de la capacidad local en Uruguay para el análisis de secuencias genómicas humanas, tanto en la investigación como en el apoyo a la medicina genómica y al desarrollo científico de nuevos productos y tecnologías. Como resultado, nuevas empresas y laboratorios de servicios serán creados con un claro enfoque en la exportación de servicios genómicos, que a su vez […]
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12:55 PM | New De Novo Draft Guidance For Medical Device Companies
The De Novo process was further simplified this past August with the release of a new draft guidance by the FDA. “De Novo Classification Process (Evaluation of Automatic Class III Designation)” describes the streamlined de novo classification process that has been in effect since the 2012 passage of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA). ... continue reading
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10:38 AM | Seven steps to innovating your digital strategy
Dealing with digitally native HCPs
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10:27 AM | Sovaldi deal for developing world ‘falls short’
Critics claim Gilead have allowed Indian companies to set their own price
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9:54 AM | Brain tumour vaccine is UK’s first ‘Promising Innovative Medicine’
Northwest Biotherapeutics’ DCVax-L gets UK version of ‘breakthrough’ status for use in cancer
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9:51 AM | Lundbeck launches Brintellix in first EU market
The antidepressant set to sell worldwide
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8:47 AM | Roche moves eye drug lampalizumab into phase III
It could be the first treatment for geographic atrophy

September 15, 2014

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11:30 PM | Array appoints Victor Sandor chief medical officer
He joins from Incyte and will replace Michael Needle
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11:30 PM | NHS 'not driving' health innovation
Minister for Life Sciences acknowledges UK has more to do
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10:44 PM | Infografía de GSK sobre enfermedades raras
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10:00 PM | Dumb Asses who don’t get the flu vaccine
Every flu season, I resurrect this hysterical and snarky by Infectious Disease specialist Dr. Mark Crislip which was originally published in A Budget of Dumb Asses, which accurately states that healthcare workers who refuse to get a flu vaccine are Dumb Asses. Yes, complete and utter Dumb Asses. Even though this broadside against vaccine deniers is about the flu vaccine, it’s all right […]Continue reading «Dumb Asses who don't get the […]
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9:07 PM | Are PCR-free exomes the answer
I'm continuing my exome posts with a quick observation. There have been several talks recently that I've seen where people present genome and exome data and highlight the drop-out of genomic regions primarily due to PCR amplification and hybridisation artefacts. They make a compelling case for avoiding PCR when possible, and for sequencing a genome to get the very best quality exome.A flaw with this is that we often want to sequence an exome not simply to reduce the costs of sequencing, but […]
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8:09 PM | Don’t Be Ashamed When Choosing Life Outside the Lab
I read a very interesting article in the Guardian based on a 2010 report from the Royal Society claiming that only 3.5% of science PhD graduates end up pursuing a career in academic research and that only 0.5% of graduates will ever carry the distinguished title of University professor. While these figures may seem astounding, […]
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4:49 PM | To Keep Moving is To Live
We’ve all seen the scenario in our high school biology textbooks. A single population of fish shares a large Pond. But then something drastic happens in the landscape. Perhaps a drought occurs, and the large Pond partially dries up to leave two smaller ponds separated from each other by a hill or expanse of higher, dry land. If this separation lasts long enough, combining the fish from pond A and pond B produces an interesting effect – the fish can... Read more
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3:00 PM | Epigenetics Links Prenatal Immunity and Autism
A mystery about the human brain is how its many regions develop and perform in unison. We are normally so blissfully unaware of our minds’ abilities, aren’t we?!!! Autism spectrum disorders show us how deficits in specific brain skills can cumulate to difficulties in communicating, learning, socializing and sensory perception. Forty six percent of the U.S. increase in ASD diagnoses, are calculated to be based on unknown environmental causes. Immunity challenges during critical […]
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3:00 PM | Epigenetics Links Prenatal Immunity and Autism
A mystery about the human brain is how its many regions develop and perform in unison. We are normally so blissfully unaware of our minds’ abilities, aren’t we?!!! Autism spectrum disorders show us how deficits in specific brain skills can cumulate to difficulties in communicating, learning, socializing and sensory perception. Forty six percent of the U.S. increase in ASD diagnoses, are calculated to be based on unknown environmental causes. Immunity challenges during critical […]
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2:31 PM | UK pharmacists to have greater role in public health
Community pharmacies should be part of ‘primary care family’, says Kevin Fenton
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2:14 PM | To inject or not inject?
Luciferase assays are useful tools for studying a wide range of biological questions. They can be performed easily by adding a reagent that provides components necessary to generate a luminescent signal directly to cells or a cell lysate. However, once this reagent has been added, how long you wait to measure the signal becomes a […]
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12:40 PM | Maker Faire Rome, attese 600 invenzioni
Gli artigiani del futuro espongono per la seconda volta nella Capitale: ambio spazio ai bambini e alla formazione di giovani talenti della tecnologiaRead more →
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10:19 AM | Avastin safe in eye disease, says Cochrane
Recommends off-label use of Roche drug as cheaper alternative to Novartis’ Lucentis
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10:13 AM | Scottish independence 'would weaken' UK life sciences sector
Pharma leaders say Yes vote would hold industry back
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10:10 AM | EC slammed for pharma oversight changes
Organisations criticise decision to transfer responsibility for pharma policy from health to industrial department
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9:47 AM | Lilly closes in on another Cyramza indication
Could be used for colorectal cancer in addition to stomach cancer
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9:08 AM | European Commissioner for health and food safety elected
Vytenis Andriukaitis will take on the role from October
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7:35 AM | Is GDF11 the elixir of youth?
Young mice have more of a molecule called GDF11 circulating in their blood than old mice. When GDF11 is given to old mice, it can reverse age-related heart disease. GDF11 has anti-ageing effects in flies as well. Flies that express more of the fly version of GDF11, called myoglianin, live longer than normal flies. They also […]

September 14, 2014

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11:30 PM | Adephi Worldwide acquires The Planning Shop International
Deal with the international healthcare consultancy agency extend its portfolio
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11:15 PM | The genetic makeup of a pharma company
Thinking of your company’s DNA is much more than a figure of speech
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7:35 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (September 8-12)
Thanks to everyone for the tremendously supportive response to the first edition of the BiotechDueDiligence Tweets of the Week. Sarie (a.k.a. @23aloha) and I are back with the next compilation. Featured tickers: $AMRN $ARNA $BMY $GILD $HPTX $MRK $NPSP $PSDV $RTRX $SPPI I know nothing about the $HPTX situation - repeat: nothing - but amid the blame for the actual perpetrators, maybe a due diligence failure?— Michael Gilman (@michael_gilman) September 8, 2014 […]
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10:00 AM | Blogging for a science magazine
A Q&A What is it like to blog for a science magazine? Is it different from blogging on your own independent WordPress or BlogSpot platform? What's it like to have a blog editor? Do blogs change as they are moved from independent websites to magazine blog networks? These are some of the questions I've been wondering about as I interview science bloggers for my PhD project (#MySciBlog), because science bloggers fill such a variety of roles for a variety of... Read more
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8:58 AM | Idrogeno a bassa tensione: nuove sfide della ricerca
Che scoperta mai sarebbe la produzione di idrogeno a partire da una pila? È un esperimento che chiunque potrebbe fare a casa propria con una pila, ripescando le spiegazioni del professore di chimica delle scuole superiori. Eppure la scoperta della Stanford non…Read more →
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