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ArQule moves forward with their cell cycle modulator...Wyeth develops selective GABA(A) alpha2/alpha3 subtype agonists as candidate anxiolytics

21 Jun 06

Todays Headlines from across the DailyUpdates network (20th June, 2006): We highlight research from Merck who are developing a novel approach to anxiety and news from ArQule on their oncology candidate
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Micromet develops new lymphoma therapeutic...KD-247, a promising HIV-neutralizing antibody

20 Jun 06

Todays Headlines from across the DailyUpdates network (19th June - 2006): Today we feature over 60 breaking journal articles including our featured study discussing the development of a new antibody being developed for HIV-1. In addition we highlight news from Micromet on their antibody therapy for the treatment of NHL
LeadDiscovery

Biogenerics and new technologies compete with 1st generation major protein products

19 Jun 06

The US$ 32 bln market of six major protein products is enfacing competition by less costly biogenerics and by improved products via drug delivery or protein engineering technologies and even oral, small molecule solutions
La Merie Business Intelligence

Cell Therapeutics' Xyotax holds much promise for few patients

19 Jun 06

Cell Therapeutics has announced positive phase III data for Xyotax in non-small cell lung cancer, with the drug significantly increasing survival in pre-menopausal female patients with high estrogen levels. However, with such a limited patient population, Xyotax will struggle to compete with Sanofi-Aventis' Taxotere, Eli Lilly's Gemzar and genericized paclitaxel in cost-constrained markets.
Datamonitor

CD40:CD40L as a target for Alzheimers...A new candidate oncology therapeutic to enter the clinic

19 Jun 06

In today's edition of DailyUpdates we report on CD40:CD40L. Traditionally a target for autoimmune/transplant therapeutics, we highlight a study supporting the development of blockers of CD40:CD40L as candidate treatments of Alzheimer's disease. We also highlight a new oncology candidate in development by Lorus
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Further development of HDAC inhibitors...Novel approaches to the treatment of depression

16 Jun 06

In today's edition of DailyUpdates we headline with news from CuraGen and TopoTarget on a new trial evaluating the combination of an HDAC inhibitor an cis-retinoid acid. In addition we highlight research from Wyeth suggesting a new approach to depression
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Erbitux: emerging data at ASCO reveal potential to further exploit benefits of the targeted EGFR therapy in mCRC

14 Jun 06

Data presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Atlanta this month suggest that administering the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor Erbitux (cetuximab) fortnightly rather than weekly in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) is a feasible option. Another study probing whether scaling up the dose, to the point where patients experience the significant rash linked to long survival, achieves a better response, shows high doses are well tolerated.
Olwen Glynn Owen - PharmiWeb Field Reporter

Vertex: next-generation hepatitis drugs within reach

12 Jun 06

Vertex has launched a major phase II clinical trial to test a new hepatitis C drug candidate, with a second trial scheduled to begin in June. This is a significant advance in the development of much-needed treatments for hepatitis C. By drawing parallels with similar HIV treatments, Datamonitor's Morris Paterson outlines the pitfalls and prospects for this new drug.
Datamonitor Expert Views

Advances in diabetes...combating the menace of HIV/Tuberculosis co-infection

12 Jun 06

Today's edition highlights news from Metabolex announcing the initiation of a Phase 2/3 trial of a novel insulin sensitizer, metaglidasen. In addition we discuss research published by Advanced Life Sciences who are making exciting breakthroughs moving towards the treatment of HIV Tuberculosis co-infection which has become a global catastrophe.
LeadDiscovery

Targeting Ubiquitin For Drug Discovery & Development

10 Jun 06

Breakthroughs in our understanding of the Ubiquitin system are increasingly being routed towards clinical applications. Targeting Ubiquitin for Drug Discovery and Development conference has assembled leaders from industrial and academic research to discuss the state of the art and prospects for the future. With the FDA approval and commercialization of Velcade, scientists are now beginning to see the potential of this ever expanding science. New therapeutic targets are being explored and implica
Seth Fritts

Merck wins the race for HPV vaccine approval in the US...CRP inhibitor shows promise as a cardioprotective agent

09 Jun 06

Today we report on the FDA approval of Merck's HPV vaccine, the first such vaccine to be approved in the US; and a candidate treatment for various cardiovascular diseases
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Stimuvax, first therapeutic vaccine for lung cancer, to start Phase III trial

08 Jun 06

Stimuvax (L-BLP 25), a therapeutic vaccine in development for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), should enter Phase III testing this autumn. The START (Stimulating Targeted Antigenic Response to NSCLC Trial ) plans to recruit over 1300 patients with stage III unresectable disease from more than 140 centres in North America and Europe. Patients will receive an initial round of chemo/radiation therapy and if they show a response, or exhibit stable disease, they will be randomised in a ratio of 2:
Olwen Glynn Owen - PharmiWeb Field Reporter

Losartan, a stimulator of insulin release?

08 Jun 06

DailyUpdates 2nd June: In today’s edition of DailyUpdates we highlight exciting new data on the potential use of the antihypertensive, losartan as a modulator of insulin release and production and hence a directly acting therapeutic for the treatment of diabetes. This supplements additional beneficial activity resulting from blood pressure control. In addition we report on European approval of Thelin, Encysive’s candidate for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension
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Osteoarthritis: the silent burden

08 Jun 06

Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability in the US, and is estimated to be the eighth most common cause of disability worldwide, with around 89 million adults in the seven major markets having a form of symptomatic osteoarthritis. OA therefore offers an attractive commercial target. However, relatively low disease awareness and Cox-2s controversy have curbed the market's potential so far.
Datamontor CommentWire

More on HDAC inhibitors...Pfizer report development of new 5-HT4 receptor ligands

07 Jun 06

DailyUpdates 7th June: ASCO is finished for this year now but not before Gloucester Pharmaceuticals managed to counter yesterday’s news from Merck with clinical data on their own HDAC inhibitor. Together this means that the two most advanced HDAC inhibitors are progressing nicely towards the market and soon, we hope, cancer patients will be offered another option. Also today we report on Pfizer’s very early stage serotonin 5-HT receptor ligands, a class that is emerging from the arena of IBS to
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Oncology news from ASCO plus a competitor to antibody therapeutics

05 Jun 06

(The American Society of Clinical Oncology) now in full swing, cancer is not surprisingly the focus of today's news section and out of the 20 or so press releases featured we highlight and announcement by Cell Genesys describing the development of their GVAX vaccine for the treatment of CML. In their phase 2 trial the company reports that a complete molecular response is seen in 25% of patients whose treatment included GVAX - this compares to historical data of about 10% in patients not receivin
LeadDiscovery

PharmiWeb readers get 50% off meeting entry

05 Jun 06

Go to any of Euroscicon meeting in June and July and receive 50% off the delegate registration
Dr Shara BA COHEN

Imminent launches of new EPO products and consolidation of the biogenerics field

02 Jun 06

Three European launches of new EPO products to be expected within two years; full pipeline of biogeneric and innovator EPO products
La Merie Business Intelligence

Should CATIE dictate choice of antipsychotic in chronic schizophrenia?

02 Jun 06

Psychiatrists attending this year’s Annual Psychiatric Association meeting heard new findings from the controversial CATIE (Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness) programme. New data suggest an older typical antipsychotic drug is more cost effective and has the same cognitive benefits as newer atypical drugs. Previous results suggested the older first generation drug is equally effective and well-tolerated clinically, compared to newer atypicals but the study design was m
Olwen Glynn Owen - PharmiWeb Field Reporter

From sepsis to depression

31 May 06

DailyUpdates 26th May, 2006: As our daily trip around the drug discovery world continues we hit Friday with some revealing information on sepsis and new phase 3 data on Wyeth's antidepressant desvenlafaxine. Read on for more about these highlight on visit today's edition of DailyUpdates for more on these advances or any of the other 50+ items featured today
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EntreMed hoping for success with Panzem/Avastin combo

31 May 06

EntreMed has initiated a phase II trial of Panzem in combination with Genentech's Avastin in carcinoid cancer. The trial will examine how the therapy fares against potential rivals and its possible use in other tumor types. With the blockbuster Avastin possessing the potential to significantly raise the profile of Panzem, the study will prove crucial for EntreMed's lead pipeline drug candidate.
Datamonitor

The problem of catheter infections plus advances in the treatment of colorectal cancer

30 May 06

DailyUpdates 30th May: As the drug discovery sector returns after various public holidays around the world, we too return with another edition of DailyUpdates. Amongst the 60 or so features today, we highlight work at Kane Biotech conducted in an attempt to reduce the major problem of catheter infection, plus news on the development of a liposomal candidate designed to deliver the active metabolite of Camptosar to colorectal cancer tumors. Summaries of this work are provided below - today's edit
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Localized delivery of PDE-4 inhibitors to open the therapeutic window

30 May 06

The Localized delivery of phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE-4) inhibitors appears to be short term solution to overcome the dose-limiting side effects of severe nausea and emesis occurring after oral administration. In the long-term, subtype-selective PDE-4 inhibitors and combination regimens may help to improve the therapeutic index.
La Merie Business Intelligence

A Closer Look at Drug Safety

30 May 06

Today, pharmacologic therapies are often the first line of treatment for many diseases, including most chronic conditions...
Dr. Doniel Jackson

Advances in autoimmune disease therapeutics

26 May 06

DailyUpdates 25th May, 2006: Today both featured items from DailyUpdates focus on autoimmune disease and remarkably neither are biologics. The first, a press release from Synta announces the advancement of an IL-12/IL-23 inhibitor in development for rheumatoid arthritis and IBD; the second is a review of potassium channels as targets for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
LeadDiscovery

Ventricular Fibrillation and Atrial Fibrillation

26 May 06

Although ventricular and atrial fibrillation represent the most common cardiac arrhymias and are associated with amongst the highest rates of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, treatment options are suboptimal. New opportunities are however approaching the market, notably Cardiome’s RSD1235, paving the way for development by others.
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Improved detection of the influenza virus...New candidate for the treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia enters the clinic

24 May 06

DailyUpdates 24th May, 2006: With the threat of influenza hanging over our heads on a seemingly continuous basis, improving the ability to rapidly and accurately identify patients infected with influenza and furthermore the strain of virus remains paramount. Today we feature research from CombiMatrix concerning their activities in this area. We also headline news coming out of Denmark's Genmab announcing the advance of HuMax-CD20, the company's CD20 monoclonal, into the clinic for the treatment
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e-Detailing in 2006 and beyond

23 May 06

Colin Williams, e-Marketing Director at PharmiWeb Solutions takes a look at the current e-detailing landscape and suggests what the future could hold for this much talked about tool for pharmaceutical sales and marketing departments.
Colin Williams

Battle of the Antidepressants

22 May 06

DailyUpdates 18th May, 2006: As the antidepressant sector continues to go through a period of turbulance we report on new data for one blockbuster from this class - Lexapro. Selected for special mention from over 50 journal articles today's feature demonstrates great timing appearing at the same time as our feature - Major Depressive Disorder. Today's edition of DailyUpdates can be seen here
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Benazepril offers hope to patients with advance renal disease

19 May 06

DailyUpdates 19th May, 2006: Today's edition of DailyUpdates (see it in full here) carries a couple of important articles on renal disease. One loks at the outcome of patients with renal dysfunction across various acute coronary syndromes. The featured article however demonstrates the efficacy of Novartis' Benazepril in treating advanced renal disease
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