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Market research firm: RNA-based drugs to exceed $1B in sales by 2020

Market research firm Allied Market Research forecasts that RNA-based therapies will generate $1.2 billion in revenue by 2020, a compounded annual growth rate of 28.4%, according to a recent report.

X-ray-triggered liposomes deliver precisely controlled cancer treatment

Combining chemotherapy and radiotherapy would be ideal for cancer treatment, but administering both at the same time can lead to unacceptable and often deadly levels of toxicity. Now researchers have developed liposomes that contain a chemotherapy drug activated by radiotherapy, offering both cancer-killing power and a targeted approach in a more controlled manner.

Drug delivery specialist Genisphere receives an additional $2M in funding

Drug delivery specialist Genisphere announced that it has raised $2 million in private funding to advance its 3DNA nanotechnology platform through collaborations with pharma companies. The funders are existing investors including Corporate Fuel Partners.

Researchers deploy nanoparticles that can alter packaging of DNA

Researchers at the University of Maryland at Baltimore succeeded in delivering nanoparticles into cancer cells that changed packaged DNA into circular DNA, a breakthrough that may have applications for oncology and gene-based therapy. 

HIV-fighting intravaginal ring research nets $20M from NIH

The U.S. National Institutes of Health devoted $20 million to develop an HIV drug-delivering intravaginal ring. The design of a successful ring is a priority in HIV research, and the sustained release of drugs the ring offers could eventually play a crucial role in HIV prevention in the developing world.

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Price caps on "essential drugs" in India have been a sore point with domestic as well as Big Pharma players. The industry was further enraged when an Indian agency in May assumed the authority to add other products to the 350 already restricted. But the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reining in the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), suggesting he may have a less populous approach to the industry than his predecessor.