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Recruitment specialist Trialbee snags a deal with AstraZeneca

Trialbee, a Swedish patient-recruitment outfit, has added AstraZeneca to its client roster, bringing its direct-to-patient technology to the U.K. drugmaker.

Icon and Medidata unite to give patients a louder voice in clinical trials

CRO magnate Icon and and eClinical outfit Medidata are pooling their resources to offer a combined platform for patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials, touting their technology as faster and more effective in surveying participants.

Merck KGaA scraps a controversial PhIII comeback attempt for cancer vaccine

About a year ago Merck KGaA made the controversial decision to revive its late-stage program for the cancer vaccine Stimuvax, trying to start off fresh by renaming it tecemotide and pointing it toward a subpopulation of non-small cell lung cancer patients which appeared to respond in its very big failed Phase III. Today, the program is--once again--officially terminated.

Roche abandons another Fragile X R&D program after PhII trials flunk out

A long, rough patch in Fragile X syndrome drug R&D just got longer and rougher. Roche has notified patient groups that both of its mid-stage studies for RG7090--an mGluR5 therapy--failed to hit the primary and secondary goals, prompting the pharma giant to shut down the program.

ASCO: Provista's autoantibody/biomarker combo boosts breast cancer screening accuracy

Provista Diagnostics is celebrating some early clinical data that support its approach of using autoantibodies and serum protein biomarkers together to help differentiate between invasive breast cancer and benign breast conditions.

A respiratory expert undermines GSK's case for new asthma drug mepolizumab

Investigators for GlaxoSmithKline detailed their promising Phase III data for the IL-5 biologic mepolizumab in asthma today, noting that the injectable halved the rate of exacerbations among a group of patients with uncontrolled cases of the respiratory disease. But while the pharma giant was making its case for a lower dosage of the drug for a particular profile of asthma patient, an expert in the field raised the prospect that GSK's biggest competitor in the real world may simply be cheaper therapies applied with proper compliance to the medical guidelines already in place.

Venn lands a $3.1M deal to study a bioresorbable stent

European CRO Venn Life Sciences has agreed to pitch in on a major international study of a new stent that harmlessly dissolves in the body.

Big Pharma supergroup dishes on de-personalizing clinical data

TransCelerate BioPharma, a nonprofit founded by some of the world's biggest drugmakers, is looking to standardize how the industry protects patient privacy when sharing data.

AstraZeneca's self-styled 'blockbuster' benralizumab tanks in severe COPD study

AstraZeneca was forced to concede a clinical defeat on Monday, noting that one of its top respiratory drugs in the clinic failed a study for severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. But while investigators also flagged a higher rate of adverse events for benralizumab than the placebo arm, the pharma giant shows no signs of backing away from a treatment it's billed as a potential $2 billion per year product.

PPD looks to tamp down pesky placebos with new trial tech

Countless clinical trials are done in by unexpectedly well-performing placebo arms, a phenomenon particularly common in psychiatric studies. PPD believes a new, proprietary trial design can substantially level the playing field, and the CRO has paid an undisclosed sum to get its hands on the technology.