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Obama talks up precision meds, cybersecurity in SOTU speech

President Obama has pushed precision medicine and cybersecurity into the national consciousness and toward the top of the legislative agenda. Obama referred to both topics in his State of the Union address, but at this stage more is known about the cybersecurity plan.

GlaxoSmithKline's Ebola vaccine rolls into Phase III as outbreak simmers

GlaxoSmithKline has shipped out the first batch of its in-development Ebola vaccine, expecting to kick off late-stage studies in the coming weeks.

GERD transoral surgical startup releases sham-controlled data as it awaits reimbursement code

EndoGastric Solutions is awaiting the outcome of a CPT code meeting to enable payer reimbursement for its transoral gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) surgical device within the next few weeks. In the meantime, the startup has released data on the transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) procedure in the latest issue of the journal Gastroenterology.

Kite expands its immuno-oncology brain trust in the CAR-T footrace

Kite Pharma, contending with a slew of rivals in the newfangled field of immuno-oncology, has aligned itself with a pioneer in the field, teaming up with an Israeli university to work on treatments that train the body's own defenses on cancerous growth.

Cheetah Medical reveals promising study results for noninvasive blood monitoring tech

Noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring company Cheetah Medical is touting results from a new study showing that using the company's technology to assess fluid responsiveness could save hospitals time and money.

Medtronic's latest MiniMed insulin pump launches in Australia, global rollout planned

Medtronic's MiniMed 640G insulin pump is now available in Australia, with additional launches pending local approval. The company says the device represents the latest march toward the development of an artificial pancreas.

Actavis and the future of discovery-averse 'growth pharma'

Brent Saunders, Actavis chief executive and architect of four major pharma deals, doesn't hate drug discovery. He just doesn't want his company to do it.

Celator's delivery platform results in FDA's fast-track designation for its cancer candidate

Celator Pharmaceuticals received fast-track designation for its candidate for the treatment of secondary acute myeloid leukemia in elderly patients. CPX-351 is designed to achieve sustained release of the anticancer drugs cytarabine and daunorubicin in a precise ratio.

Little Curis leaps on the immuno-oncology R&D bandwagon

The small, Lexington, MA-based biotech Curis is jumping onto the increasingly popular immuno-oncology bandwagon, handing over a chunk of its stock and promising more than $100 million in milestones to Bangalore-based Aurigene if they can successfully take a small molecule approach to the cancer field and advance a new program through preclinical and clinical development and on into the market. And it's getting a second targeted small molecule for cancer that is intended to hit IRAK4.

'Micromotors' made of zinc and polymer actively release drugs at stomach lining

Tiny polymer tubes coated with zinc may one day be able to treat stomach conditions such as ulcers by acting as "micromotors" carrying drugs to the stomach lining. Animal studies at the University of California, San Diego, demonstrated in vivo that the synthetic motors enhanced the efficiency of drug delivery to the stomach.