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November 11, 2014

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10:27 AM | FDA to review Amgen’s cholesterol drug
US regulator accepts first in new class of PCSK9 inhibitors
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10:24 AM | Lilly launches GLP-1 agonist Trulicity in US
Once-weekly treatment will challenge GSK's Tanzeum, AZ's Bydureon and Novo's Victoza in diabetes
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9:00 AM | 365 Days a Year – A Science Blogging Project Part II
In this post, I interview Sarah Keenihan, a freelance science writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. I interview Sarah as a follow-up to my interview with Signe Cane, another blogger who recently started ‘A Common Year – a Daily blog of 365 science stories’ after being inspired by Sarah's blog 'Science For Life. 365.' Since I’ve been interested, through my Ph.D. research, in understanding how and why science bloggers do what they do, I […]
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3:35 AM | Biotech Reading List
What Happens After Your First Drug Approval?Derek Lowe (In the Pipeline)Change Is Unsettling … But Our Message Remains the SameAlliance for a Stronger FDAWhat You Need To Know About IMPROVE-ITLarry Husten (CarbioBrief / Forbes)Beg, Borrow, or Steal: Accessing Unaffordable Science JournalsStewart Lyman (Xconomy)Prostate Cancer Advertising: Lies and the Damn Lies (Part 1)Benjamin Davies (Forbes)Defining ‘Natural’ Is a Waste of F.D.A. ResourcesRichard Williams (New York Times) […]
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12:16 AM | Zealand Pharma appoints new CEO
Britt Meelby Jensen joins from cancer diagnostics firm Dako
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12:15 AM | Eisai opens first office in Australia
New Melbourne base to support marketing of Halaven and Fycompa
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12:15 AM | Integrating digital: developing a social conference
Boehringer Ingelheim’s director of oncology Albert van Eijk on the digital elements of its multichannel efforts

November 10, 2014

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9:19 PM | Why we immunize against the flu–save healthy children’s lives
If you break your arm, go to an emergency department, you see that medicine has an effect. Your fracture is set (very painful), and then you have a cast (very itchy). You can observe, without much bias, that a physician and his medical knowledge has fixed you. And you can show everyone else your cast, get it […]Continue reading «Why we immunize against the flu–save healthy children's lives»
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9:12 PM | HiSeq X Ten: when might they be available one at a time?
In the Summer I posted a Christmas letter to Santa. He's already delivered number 2 (cheaper RNA-seq) and 3 (longer RNA-seq reads via PE250), and number 4 might be coming soon (exomes at PE125). I'd also asked that he not deliver HiSeq X Ten as an individual instrument just yet, but as there are just 44 days left till Christmas I thought I'd look head and see what might be the reasons for, or not for gift wrapping a single X Ten this Christmas.The HiSeq X Ten is an awesome system capable of […]
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7:28 PM | 365 Days a Year – A Science Blogging Project
 In this post, I interview Signe Cane, a Sydney-based freelance science writer and journalist who recently started ‘A Common Year – a Daily blog of 365 science stories’. Since I’ve been interested, through my Ph.D. research, in understanding how and why science bloggers do what they do, I decided to ask Signe about her blogging project and her motivations to do it. Me: You've taken on a project that involves blogging about science every day for a year. Can you... […]
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7:11 PM | Bio-Rad’s Newest NGC™ Chromatography Systems Automate Workflow
Bio-Rad Laboratories announced the launch of two new NGC Medium-Pressure Chromatography Systems, the NGC Discover™ and NGC™ Discover Pro Systems. The automation capabilities of both systems make them ideal for advanced purification applications such as method optimization and multi-step and tandem protein purification. Bio-Rad optimized the Discover and Discover Pro Systems for pharmaceutical environments. These […]
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3:46 PM | Telepathy and Mind Control: From Science Fiction Movies to Reality?
There is something very futuristic, and perhaps scary, about the idea of nonverbally transferring one person’s thoughts to another person, especially for the purpose of controlling or influencing a person’s actions and behaviors. Maybe that’s why telepathy and mind control are favorite topics of many science fiction movies. However, there are times when direct, nonverbal […]
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2:48 PM | Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9, nifty animation
I saw this come across my twitter feed the other day, and as a nice Friday afternoon diversion I posted it to Google+. I was surprised how popular it was. So I thought–hey, I have a blog too. Let’s put it there…. So grab some coffee and watch, a nice gentle way to get your […]

Platt R., Sidi Chen, Yang Zhou, Michael J. Yim, Lukasz Swiech, Hannah R. Kempton, James E. Dahlman, Oren Parnas, Thomas M. Eisenhaure, Marko Jovanovic & Daniel B. Graham (2014). CRISPR-Cas9 Knockin Mice for Genome Editing and Cancer Modeling, Cell, 159 (2) 440-455. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2014.09.014

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2:46 PM | Jeffrey Wilks leaves eBay for inVentiv Health
He joins pharma services group as first president of advertising
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1:00 PM | Cell Therapy Commercialization: A View from Lonza on Bioreactors
. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Eytan Abraham over lunch on the first day of the Till & McCulloch Meetings, held last month in Ottawa (October 27-29). After some discussion about cell therapy manufacturing, I learned that he is the new Head of Research and Technology at Lonza, based out of Walkersville, Maryland....Read more
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11:37 AM | Bound by Flesh
Bound by Flesh (Leslie Zemeckis, 2012)
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11:33 AM | Triple therapy 'might cure hep C in six weeks'
Phase II trials shows promise for Merck and Gilead drugs
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10:57 AM | Political tensions halt Fresenius' Russian joint venture
Venture was due to complete by the end of the year
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10:14 AM | MSD launches diabetes programme with pharmacy network
Will support medicines optimisation in people prescribed Januvia
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9:30 AM | Google tests doctor consultations via video
Uses Google Hangouts to facilitate healthcare discussions
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8:43 AM | Endothelial Cells & The Endothelium Layer
Presented by Regen Center to learn more about the science behind regenerative medical technologies please visit Regeneration Center of Thailand - Regenerative Medical Solutions using Enriched Multipotent Progenitor cells. Treatment Center in Bangkok Thailand. HLA Matched Allogenic Cells With PRP Human Endothelial cells “EC” are estimated to account for nearly 1 kg of mass in the human body. This mass is about the same as our livers. Endothelial cells are thought to be produced by […]
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8:10 AM | MRI detects a single atom
In my novel ‘Thirty’ everyone undergoes an annual health scan that detects and fixes any disease or genetic changes. This keeps everyone young and healthy forever. We’re not quite there yet in the real world, but scientists in Switzerland have managed to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect a single atom. MRI machines use […]
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1:31 AM | Interested in Biosimilars? Check out the inaugural Biosimilarz blog podcast
BiotechDueDiligence is pleased to continue an occasional collaboration with Dr. Duncan Emerton and The Biosimilarz Blog by hosting the latest feature, a podcast highlighting recent developments in the world of biosimilars. Click here to access the podcast audio.  [...]
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1:13 AM | UCB’s Mark Bodmer elected to BIA board
Will hold the position for a three-year fixed term
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12:16 AM | FDA approves Olysio/Sovaldi combination in hep C
Janssen drug recommended for use along with Gilead’s blockbuster
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12:16 AM | UCB to sell its US generics business for $1.5bn
Advent International and Avista Capital Partners will take control of Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals
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12:15 AM | Avoiding pharma's Death Valley
For life science companies, evolving is getting harder, not easier
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12:05 AM | Pharma deals during October 2014
Deal Watch: Major pharma collaborations, acquisitions and agreements in the past month
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12:02 AM | Deal Watch table for October 2014
Table listing all the major pharma mergers, acquisitions and collaborations in the past month

November 08, 2014

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9:51 AM | Time to Rotate: Increasing the Sustainability of Biotech Traits
How can a technology that has so quickly degraded in field conditions possibly be considered sustainable? It’s a hard word to grasp, though its definition is relatively straightforward. Sustainability refers to a system that maintains, if not increases, its viability for the future, utilizing techniques that allow for re-use. It’s a buzzword in agriculture circles right now, fuelled by the public’s ever-increasing interest animal welfare, the environment and corporate […]
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