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UK Adopts Multimillion-Pound Life-Sciences Strategy

Dec 13, 2011

The United Kingdom?s (UK) life-sciences industry this week welcomed a new, multimillion-pound strategy that aims to both support the industry and encourage innovation in the unsettled economic climate.

Elan, University of Cambridge Launch New Research Center

Dec 6, 2011

Elan and the University of Cambridge have launched a center for innovation and drug discovery that will focus on translational research into therapies for Alzheimer?s and Parkinson?s diseases. The Cambridge?Elan Center will be located at the University of Cambridge, and the agreement between the two will last for 10 years. Its goal is to discover novel compounds that can alter the behavior of proteins associated with neurodegenerative disorders and be developed into new treatments.

GSK Announces $50-Million Innovation Fund in Canada

Nov 22, 2011

GlaxoSmithKline is looking to advance the commercialization of scientific innovation in Canada with its launch of the GSK Canada Life Sciences Innovation Fund, which was announced at a GSK-hosted event in Toronto on Nov. 10, 2011. The $50-million national fund will identify strategic investment opportunities in Canada?s life-sciences industry, including academic and health institutions, translational research centers, and start-up companies.

EMA Eyes Ophthalmic Medicines

Nov 15, 2011

Seeking to review the regulatory and scientific challenges in developing ophthalmic medicines, EMA for the first time brought together eye-disease experts from Europe, Asia, and the US for a two-day workshop. According to a press statement, the workshop was designed to enable EMA and attendees to review regulatory and scientific challenges in developing medicines for eye disorders.

GlaxoSmithKline Agrees to $3-Billion Settlement with the US Government

Nov 15, 2011

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has come to a tentative agreement with the US government to conclude ongoing investigations relating to sales and marketing practices. The settlement is still subject to negotiation, but GSK expects to pay around $3 billion, which is covered by existing legal provisions, according to a press statement. The final amount and terms of the settlement are expected to be finalized in 2012. GSK says that the payments will be funded through existing cash resources.

EC Probes J&J and Novartis

Nov 1, 2011

The European Commission has launched an antitrust investigation to examine whether contracts between Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Novartis were designed to delay the market entry of generic versions of Fentanyl in the Netherlands. Fentanyl, developed by J&J, is a strong painkiller for chronic pain.

DTC Advertising Ban Maintained in Europe

Oct 18, 2011

The European Commission (EC) has adopted revised proposals clarifying the information that industry can supply to the public on prescription-only medicines, while maintaining a strict ban on direct-to-consumer advertising.

Servier and Galapagos Form Cancer Collaboration

Oct 11, 2011

Servier and the Belgium-based biotechnology company Galapagos are embarking on a multiyear strategic alliance to develop new cancer therapies. As a result of the alliance, Galapagos could receive milestone payments of more than EUR 250 million ($332 million).

EMA Committee Offers Positive Opinion on New Drugs, Moves Forward with Key Concept Papers

Oct 4, 2011

The latest meeting of EMA?s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has concluded with more than 15 positive opinions for new and generic drugs. Among other important announcements, the agency released a range of concept papers and guidelines for consultation and announced a safety review of orlistat-containing medicines.

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