Germany's CureVac will implement its RNA stabilizing RNActive technology in its new collaboration with French firm Sanofi Pasteur to develop a messenger RNA-based vaccine targeting an undisclosed pathogen.
The pact focuses on identifying and selecting novel drug targets with the potential to become potent, selective therapeutics in the areas of oncology, inflammation and diabetes.
Amgen has bowed out of a $180 million collaboration with Cambridge, MA-based Bind Therapeutics, ending work on a new therapy for solid tumors by amping up an Amgen drug with the biotech's nanoengineering technology. News of the research setback--which ends the first big pact inked for the biotech's delivery tech--took a bite out of Bind's shares, sending its stock down by more than 10%.
Sanofi Pasteur and Germany's CureVac first joined up in 2011 with a licensing option agreement for a slew of pathogens. Now, they're beefing up their partnership with another licensing deal, this one giving the French company rights to a new mRNA-based vaccine.
Contract developer Recipharm and CTC Clinical Trial Consultants are joining forces to offer combined Phase I services, pooling their capabilities in manufacturing and trial conduction.
German contractor Evotec has notched another milestone in its years-long arrangement with Boehringer Ingelheim, netting €1 million ($1.4 million) after moving a respiratory compound into preclinical study.
CRO ClinicalRM has signed a deal with the Ohio Clinical Trials Collaborative to join forces in a co-marketing arrangement, looking to expand its role in the state's drug and device development scene.
Bristol-Myers Squibb has tapped Duke University's in-house CRO to pitch in on clinical trial transparency, asking the organization's researchers to independently review requests for shared data.
As last week's BIO conference well illustrated, biotech companies go to great lengths to flaunt their assets in front of potential partners from Big Pharma. Global CRO Covance is developing a system it believes can make that process more efficient: an online platform that allows drug developers to securely list their up-for-license molecules for would-be collaborators.
The partnership may include the use of Pfizer's genetically modified animal models to evaluate the safety and efficacy of therapeutic molecules in oncology, inflammation, immunology, central nervous system and cardiovascular system disorders.