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GSK exec stresses need to move away from 'fragmented' approach to drug delivery

Talking of breaking internal siloes has become a corporate-speak cliche. But in a speech that could be described as brutally honest, GlaxoSmithKlines' head of drug delivery nevertheless brought the importance of doing so to life during last week's Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery conference.

Alnylam releases data on its Phase II study of TTR-mediated amyloidosis patients

At the American Neurological Association's 2014 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Alnylam released 6-month data on its Phase 2 open-label extension (OLE) study of patisiran (ALN-TTR02), a clinical-stage RNAi candidate for the treatment of TTR-mediated amyloidosis in patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy.

Stealthy, DNA-based 'nano-cocoons' deliver cancer-killing payloads

Researchers at NC State University and the University of North Carolina have developed a DNA-based delivery vehicle capable of acting as a Trojan horse in cancer cells. Using DNA as a cage instead of synthetic materials makes the vehicle less toxic to healthy cells and allows for the attachment of precise targeting mechanisms.

Stem cell-derived beta cells deliver insulin in response to blood sugar levels

The self-regulation of insulin delivery is a long-sought goal in the field, spurring the development of closed-loop systems and an artificial pancreas for diabetics. But some researchers are aiming smaller, looking at a way to create stem cells en masse that can produce insulin in response to blood sugar levels.

Robert Langer talks science, business and how they intersect

BOSTON--Master scientist and entrepreneur Robert Langer offered his thoughts on those topics and their relationship to drug delivery to FierceDrugDelivery in his MIT office and later to the field at large at the Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery conference in Boston.

Intersect ENT says latest data on dissolving implants for chronic sinusitis are encouraging

Now-public Intersect ENT touted three studies in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, saying the results of their clinical studies demonstrated the benefits of its Propel and investigational Resolve implants for use in patients following sinus surgery.

Drug delivery: Fertile ground for pharma-device company partnerships?

BOSTON--Whether through collaboration with academia or buyouts of smaller players, panelists at the Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery conference concurred that Big Pharma is increasingly looking externally for innovation and using its size and financial to power candidates through clinicial and onto the market.

Partnerships in Drug Delivery conference kicks off next week in Boston

The latest Partnership in Drug Delivery conference will kick off in Boston next week chaired by Roche Global Business Development Director Barbara Lueckel and with keynote speaker Robert Langer, MIT professor and biotech entrepreneur. FierceDrugDelivery will be on the scene and reporting next week with all the highlights.

With Roche's Herceptin, green tea component doubles drug accumulation in cancer cells

A team from the Singapore-based Agency for Science, Technology and Research has found that a component of green tea has the potential to act as a nano-sized drug delivery vehicle to encapsulate proteins used to fight cancer.

Flat nanosheets roll drugs up and release them on command

Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan have developed what they call a nanosheet that is capable of holding drugs and is also reproducible for a number of different treatments.

USPTO to review delivery patent in spat between Suboxone and BDSI's Bunavail

MonoSol Rx announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will decide by August 2015 whether BioDelivery Sciences International's BEMA drug delivery technology infringes on a patent protecting its Suboxone sublingual film.

Flowonix submits MRI-compatible implantable infusion pump for FDA approval

Pending FDA approval, the upgraded Prometra Implantable Pump System for targeted drug delivery of pain medication will feature MRI compatibility, Flowonix CEO Steve Adler told FierceDrugDelivery in an interview.

Alnylam says it wants to enter larger disease areas using partnership-driven approach

RNAi specialist Alnylam is focusing on rare diseases at the moment (with the exception of hepatitis B), but Chief Business Officer Laurence Reid told investors at the Leerink Rare Disease Roundtable conference that the company is also looking to enter bigger markets via partnerships.

Projection: Implantable drug delivery market to reach $21.1B by 2018

Transparency Market Research predicts that the worldwide implantable drug delivery market will reach $21.1 billion by 2018.

Needle-coated pill offers safe oral delivery of insulin, vaccines

A pill coated with tiny needles may help improve oral treatments, according to researchers. When swallowed, the pill delivers large molecules such as insulin into the lining of the stomach and does so more efficiently than an injection under the skin.

Which vehicle works best? High-speed testing gives drug delivery a boost

Finding the right delivery vehicle for a drug, one that will let the drug reach its full potential, is an invaluable prospect. And now MIT engineers have developed a way to test these vehicles quickly in vivo to determine which of them will be most efficient in delivering its payload.

Alnylam launches study to support its rare disease candidate ALN-AS1

RNAi leader Alnylam, the American Porphyria Consortium and The European Porphyria Network are launching the Explore observational study of patients with the rare disease, with the hope of advancing Alnylam's candidate for porphyria, with a goal of filing for approval in late 2014 or early 2015. 

Allergan's drug-delivering eye implant gets expanded indication from FDA

Allergan announced that the FDA has approved the company's Ozurdex sustained-release biodegradable implant to treat diabetic macular edema (DME). The expanded indication means the therapy, based on a proprietary delivery system, is approved for use in the general DME population, not just those with an artificial lens implant or in need of cataract surgery. 

Detoxified anthrax used to deliver cancer drugs within cells

MIT scientists have employed a harmless version of the anthrax causing bacteria for drug delivery purposes, using it to insert drugs known as antibody mimics inside cells in the fight against cancer. 

FDA moves aggressively on low-T drugs, but replacement pill still aims to enter market

Last week the FDA cracked down hard on low-T therapies. Its expert panel voted to advise the agency to restrict the use of such drugs for a specific medical need.