Eli Lilly preps big solanezumab study for Alzheimer's; Report: 30 GSK China staffers under house arrest: Blog: Phase I trials dwindling fast;

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> Eli Lilly ($LLY) investigators today reviewed their upcoming trial on the Alzheimer's drug solanezumab. This is the drug giant's third shot at a successful Phase III. Two earlier attempts ended in failure. But Lilly says it learned a lot from those setbacks and will recruit more patients and employ better screening technology to identify mid-stage patients able to respond to the treatment, which is designed to remove toxic levels of amyloid beta from the brain. The drug study won't be over anytime soon, though. Lilly expects that the recruitment for this trial will take 22 months and plans to treat patients for 18 months. It is keeping an option on reporting interim results but won't decide on that until well into the study. Report

> The Telegraph reports that 30 GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) staffers are being held under house arrest, including 5 or 6 executives, as Chinese officials probe allegations of widespread corruption and bribery. Report

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Blog Watch: John LaMattina considers the impact of a dwindling number of Phase I trials at some top companies. "Assuming that this weaker phase 1/2 pipeline is being experienced across the industry, then the current record rate of FDA new drug approvals could peter out by the end of this decade." Column