GlaxoSmithKline's venture arm in hunt for experimental Alzheimer's drugs, imaging agent; Prosensa advances two more DMD programs;

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> The president of GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) investment arm SR One is in the hunt for biotech partners who have an imaging agent to diagnose Alzheimer's as well as an experimental therapeutic for the memory-wasting ailment. "My goal is to find players around the table who have both an imaging approach with a therapeutic approach and have them collaborate really closely," Jens Eckstein told Bloomberg. "You cannot have one without the other." GSK is joining the R&D migration away from patients with advanced cases and into the field of early-stage work, attempting to see if targeting amyloid beta early on can delay or prevent the disease. Story

> The Dutch biotech Prosensa says it's pushing two more of its Duchenne muscular dystrophy therapies into clinical development. The biotech says the EC has granted PRO045 and PRO053 an orphan drug designation. These compounds are designed to skip exons 45 and 53 of the dystrophin gene and are expected to enter clinical development within the next 6 months. Release

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