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July 28, 2014
05:36 EDTQGEN, AZNQIAGEN, AstraZeneca announce collaboration
QIAGEN (QGEN) announced a collaboration agreement with AstraZeneca (AZN) for the co-development and commercialization of a liquid biopsy-based companion diagnostic to be paired with IRESSA, AstraZeneca's targeted therapy for non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC. The project builds on a master framework agreement signed by both companies in 2013 and aims to develop and market a novel QIAGEN companion diagnostic that analyzes plasma samples to assess EGFR mutation status in NSCLC patients. The assay will be designed to guide the treatment of NSCLC patients with Astra Zeneca's oral monotherapy anti-cancer treatment when tumor tissue is not available. QIAGEN already offers the therascreen EGFR RGQ PCR Kit as a tissue-based companion diagnostic for lung cancer patients, which was approved in the U.S. by the FDA in July 2013 and in China in May 2014. The companies will collaborate to create a new companion diagnostic for IRESSA based on liquid biopsy samples from NSCLC patients, rather than requiring invasive surgical collection of tissue samples. Data from several studies, including the IFUM Study presented at the "World Lung 2013" conference, provided evidence of the ability to assess the EGFR status of advanced lung cancer patients using blood / plasma samples. This breakthrough provides hope for patients for whom surgical biopsy is not an option by enabling them to have their EGFR mutation status assessed using a less invasive method.
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October 21, 2014
07:15 EDTAZNFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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06:10 EDTAZNInovio, MedImmune, UPENN awarded $12.2M collaborative study by DARPA
Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO) announced the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has awarded $12.2M for a collaborative study that will be conducted by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Inovio Pharmaceuticals; and MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca (AZN). The group will develop DNA-based monoclonal antibodies, or mAbs, for infectious disease treatment. DARPA is an agency of the US Department of Defense that creates and supports novel technologies important for national security. Together, the three organizations will develop and assess the DNA mAbs in preclinical studies using technology developed by Penn and licensed by Inovio. The collaboration will focus on three disease areas influenza virus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus.
October 20, 2014
07:47 EDTAZNPfizer less likely to renew Astra pursuit after Shire deal breakdown, FT says
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07:19 EDTAZNIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:14 EDTAZNEuropean College of Neuropsychopharmacology to hold a conference
27th ECNP Congress is being held in Berlin, Germany on October 18-21.
October 15, 2014
10:48 EDTAZNShire tanks with AbbVie calling board meeting over merger
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October 14, 2014
11:23 EDTAZNBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:53 EDTAZNAstraZeneca upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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05:27 EDTAZNAstraZeneca upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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October 9, 2014
10:00 EDTQGENOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:10 EDTAZNAstraZeneca reports Phase IIb study of benralizumab met primary endpoint
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07:46 EDTQGENQIAGEN initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
Target $25.
October 8, 2014
07:18 EDTQGENInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
October 7, 2014
07:48 EDTAZNSalix reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies
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