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  • Top 10 Phase III disasters of 2014

    Welcome to the hall of shame, where blockbuster drug projections go to die. Here you'll find some drugs that clearly should never have wound up in Phase III to begin with, a few that were actually steered back to the clinic in a doomed attempt to mine something positive after wasting millions on clinical trials and a couple of notable exceptions that may have helped advance the field by exploring the outer limits of new drug technology. Read more >>

AstraZeneca gets some EU encouragement for its $2B cancer hopeful

European regulators have recommended an early approval for AstraZeneca's new ovarian cancer treatment, welcome news for the company as it defends rosy sales estimates for its oncology pipeline.

NPS Pharma will have to wait another three months for an FDA OK

The FDA has postponed its final decision on an orphan drug from NPS Pharma, taking its time with the company's application and delaying the fate of a closely watched therapy.

Boehringer, Vitae survive first clinical challenge in a crowded Alzheimer's race

The newly public Vitae reported after the market closed on Thursday that the oral BI1181181/VTP-37948 hit the goal posts on a key biomarker for BACE, or beta secretase, flushing a prime suspect behind the disease without triggering any red safety flags in a pair of Phase I studies among a small group of healthy volunteers.

In biotech's boardrooms, there are 10 men for every one woman, report says

The average board of directors in the biotech world is roughly 90% male, according to a new analysis, and more than half of all industry boardrooms host no women whatsoever, striking numbers that illustrate a sector that struggles with diversity.

Women's health biotech Forendo raises $15M from some pharma giants

Finland's Forendo Pharma has pulled in €12 million ($15.2 million) to advance its treatment for a painful uterine condition, drawing the support of a few major drugmakers.

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