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Kite Pharma doubles down on crucial NCI partnership, expands work on CAR-T/TCRs

Today, Kite expanded its research and development deal--or CRADA--with some key researchers at the National Cancer Institute to cover additional programs and targeting tools needed to beef up its pipeline during a critical stage of development for this hotly competitive niche in the cancer arena.

Amarin grants Eddingpharm Greater China rights to Vascepa with clinical trial needed

China's Eddingpharm has been granted rights by Amarin to sell hypertriglyceridemia drug Vascepa icosapent ethyl in Greater China.

Startup Akili partners with nonprofit Autism Speaks to test video game

Akili Interactive Labs has partnered with the nonprofit Autism Speaks to conduct a clinical trial of its cognitive assessment and personalized treatment video game.

Japan's Chugai partners with Athersys on stem cell ischemic stroke therapy

Chugai and U.S.-based Athersys Inc. agreed to partner in a license agreement on the development of a stem cell therapy for ischemic stroke that includes clinical trial work in Japan.

AstraZeneca bets $122.5M on oral autoimmune drugs

AstraZeneca is out to get some more shots on goal in immunology, pairing up with a nascent biotech in hopes of developing oral medicines for psoriasis, arthritis and other diseases.

Australia's Cynata eyes Japan, partnerships after validation of stem-cell manufacturing technology

Australia-based Cynata said it is on track to manufacture mesenchymal stem cells at a commercial scale after validation of its Cymerus MSC manufacturing technology and has an eye on companies in Japan as it seeks partnerships to reach the market.

Teva and Taiwan's Twi part ways on U.S. marketing partnership

Taiwan's Twi Pharmaceuticals canceled its U.S. distribution and marketing agreement with Israel's Teva Pharmaceuticals for two generic drugs to have Twi's U.S. unit market them with its built-up sale network.

Department of Defense gives contractor $14.8M to test so-called Sample-to-Sequence system

The Department of Defense has a habit of funding new medical technologies. This week it awarded a government contractor MRIGlobal $14.8 million for its proposed Sample-to-Sequence system to sequence the entire genome of pathogens and give a diagnosis within 24 hours.

OncoSec's intratumoral delivery platform to be tested on new partner's cancer candidates

Oncology company Heat Biologics is partnering with OncoSec, developer of the ImmunoPulse intratumoral DNA delivery platform. The two companies will evaluate the combination of the immunotherapy approaches developed by each company, according to the release.

UPDATED: FDA agrees to review Endo Pharmaceutical's inside-the-cheek pain drug

Endo Pharmaceutical's investigational Belbuca buccal film strip for severe chronic pain has been accepted for review by the FDA, marking a win for the BioErodible MucoAdhesive technology to deliver drugs across mucosal surfaces like the inside of the cheek. And BEMA platform developer BioDelivery Sciences receives a $10 million milestone payment.