A team of researchers at Tel Aviv University has developed a biodegradable implant that delivers a gel capable of restoring healthy nerve function to treat diseases such as Parkinson's.
Genomic Health launched its prostate cancer diagnostic this week with great fanfare, backed by seven studies including over 1,100 patients. The challenge ahead: convincing men that results telling them they can wait for more drastic and expensive treatment options are to be believed. There is a strong pedigree behind the technology, developed by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and the Cleveland Clinic. Oncotype Dx measures 17 different genes to predict how aggressive a particular prostate cancer has become. Read more >>
A lot of cash on hand can help tremendously, of course. But at this stage, who in this business hasn't seen billions incinerated in pursuit of sheer folly? Far more influential is the savvy executive who can marshal experts as well as financial resources in pursuit of a smarter, better, faster way to develop and market important new drugs.
And intelligent research strategies are far more rare than we acknowledge.
You'll find some here in our second annual report on the 25 most influential people in the industry. Read the report >>
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Texas biotech Mirna Therapeutics began a Phase I clinical trial of its miRNA cancer drug MRX34 with a liposomal delivery platform the company licensed from Marina Biotech. It is the first miRNA drug to advance to the clinic for cancer.
A new nanoparticle drug-delivery platform created by researchers at Queen's University Belfast may be able to target and effectively treat severe lung trauma in patients in intensive care.
A new delivery platform called chain-shattering polymers developed by researchers at the University of Illinois could hold the key to the more controlled release of drugs at localized sites and tissues.
Merck won the FDA's acceptance of a Biologics License Application for its investigational ragweed pollen allergy tablet to be delivered under the tongue.
In another step toward realizing the elusive potential of RNA drugs, scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have nailed down one of the mechanisms by which the gene-silencers reach their targets in the cell's nucleus.
Researchers at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research have developed a way to enhance delivery of a cancer drug using nanoparticles, enabling more of the toxic therapy to reach the tumor without killing healthy cells.
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