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Latest Headlines

Novartis, GSK deal puts the spotlight on a narrowing R&D focus

The big trend in Big Pharma R&D has been to cut back significantly in key areas where they felt they faced extraordinarily high risks--a particular problem in the central nervous system field, where trial failures have been more the norm than the exception.

Hydrocarbon double-stapling of peptides a new trick in fight against viruses

Researchers have developed a unique delivery mechanism that inhibits the respiratory syncytial virus using double-stapled peptides and nanoparticles. They believe their research has implications for the treatment of other viruses as well.

Kala reels in $22.5M to get its next-gen eye drops into PhIII

Kala Pharmaceuticals, co-founded by MIT biotech luminary Robert Langer, has closed a $22.5 million B round, cash the company says will help advance its novel approach to eye treatments.

ProNAi, with delivery tech licensed from Marina, snags $59.5M for cancer trials

Detroit-based ProNAi picked up a $59.5 million venture capital round to support its mid-stage DNAi cancer therapy that uses liposomal delivery technology developed by Marina Biotech.

WuXi poaches an AstraZeneca exec to amp up Chinese R&D

Chinese CRO WuXi PharmaTech has convinced Steve Yang, head of Asian R&D for AstraZeneca, to jump ship, joining the company as it looks to expand its presence in its home country and abroad.

Zafgen tees up an $86M IPO for eye-catching obesity drug

Zafgen has been turning heads with some jaw-dropping results from its mid-stage studies for a promising new obesity drug. And now the biotech hopes to parlay its eye-catching, if risky, technology into an $86 million IPO.

Pfizer, AstraZeneca back a new strategy for cancer drug R&D

A pair of pharma giants have partnered with a prominent cancer research charity in the U.K. on an innovative new approach to testing targeted oncology therapies, building on the country's national program for tumor testing in a way that may help make it a global center of cancer R&D.

Sanofi and Pitt join up to test wannabe dengue blockbuster

Sanofi's dengue fever candidate is on the verge of regulatory applications after 20 years in the lab and more than $1.4 billion spent on R&D. Now the pharma giant has forged a new collaboration to help assess the jab's postintroduction effectiveness.

ForSight Vision5 ropes in $15M in Series C financing to develop its intraocular therapy

ForSight Vision5 raised $15 million in a Series C financing and completed enrollment of a Phase II clinical study to support the development of its noninvasive ocular implant therapy for eye diseases.  

Alnylam COO on Novartis RNAi pullout: Big Pharma has 'never been able to innovate'

The COO of RNAi specialist Alnylam was critical of Big Pharma in the wake of Novartis' decision to slam the breaks on its RNAi research. The news made investors nervous about the future of the promising, but nascent technology and Alnylam stock price is down more than 20% in the last week.