04 Jan 05
The development of dendritic cell vaccines to fight cancer is an attractive therapeutic approach. Usually this strategy involves pre-pulsing dendritic cells with cancer antigen and maturing them ex vivo prior to administering them to patients. Limitations to this approach include the cumbersome nature of antigen loading and maturation and the limited immunogenicity of the cells. The company BioVEX have successfully developed viruses to load dendritic cells with antigen. Researchers from Baylor h
20 Dec 04
The outlook for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) sufferers is bleak - current medication has a five-year survival rate for those with liver cancer of less than 5% in the developed world and even lower in developing countries. However, patients in trials of a new drug called Sorafenib have seen their survival times double. Datamonitor's Dr Lorna Fern investigates...
15 Dec 04
Despite the advances made in healthcare there remains a startling amount of the world’s population that is unable to gain access to even the most basic services and treatments. This is an issue that has attracted considerable media coverage and represents a challenge for all those involved in healthcare to overcome.
Dr Faiz Kermani
14 Dec 04
Britain’s hospital patients, led by Claire Rayner, today called for healthcare professionals to get behind the UK’s first ever Clean Hospitals Summit, planned for April 14-15, 2005.
Anna Harris/ Alan Murray
13 Dec 04
This report introduces the emerging field of oncolytic viruses and the various benefits that oncolytic virology can offer in the treatment of cancer. Clinical data suggest that oncolytic viruses may offer therapeutic advantages over existing cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation and may even act synergistically with these conventional approaches. This report evaluates preclinical and clinical data on oncolytic viruses that have entered the clinic.
10 Dec 04
The recent announcement by the FDA's associate director for science and medicine that sales of GlaxoSmithKline's asthma drug Serevent should be restricted, or halted, led to an estimated 3.8% fall in the company's share price. However, Datamonitor's Laura Harris comments that, with Seretide accounting for the majority of GSK's asthma sales, the panic may be premature.
09 Dec 04
Distinct, original scientific and business content focusing on R&D productivity presented by an international line-up of industry experts. Drug Discovery Technology® Europe is known for its high standard of speakers and coherent case studies, which guarantee that delegates grasp an understanding of the pressing issues that affect their industry. This year, for the first time, the conference will be co-located with two other events, InfoTechPharma® 2005 and PharmaSolutions Expo.
09 Dec 04
The premier annual global forum for top-level Pharma IT executives, examining innovative IT systems and applications to support and accelerate R&D. This exciting programme is the result of research with well over 100 industry professionals and the InfoTechPharma® scientific advisory board. The programme contains only original content tackling key subjects that are currently impacting R&D in pharma and biotech. The format of this years conference will provide an environment that will facilitate i
09 Dec 04
PharmaSolutions Expo is a unique event gathering the drug discovery, drug development and informatics communities under one roof. Meet face-to-face with solution providers and make comparisons of new technologies. This exhibition will showcase the latest tools and solutions for R&D scientists and Pharma IT professionals. Free exhibition features include: dedicated poster areas and “meet the author” poster sessions, free seminars, lunchtime roundtable discussion groups, biotech start-up presentat
09 Dec 04
Now, more than ever, pharma marketing operations are being required to demonstrate that they are adding value and delivering measurable return on investment. With this in mind, Freedman International surveyed delegates who attended the eyeforpharma ‘Marketing ROI for Pharma’ conference using a unique self-assessment tool to find out, “How do you fare in terms of the overall effectiveness of your marketing operations?”
08 Dec 04
At a recent hearing into the Vioxx affair, the FDA's Dr David Graham named five drugs that he considers too dangerous to be on the market. However, in his testimony, Dr Graham also cited Sanofi-Aventis' Arava as a drug he has recommended be withdrawn. Unlike the other five drugs, Arava has largely escaped the media spotlight, but there may yet be some tough questions asked about its safety.
30 Nov 04
The conference will present the latest research and advances on new techniques in drug discovery. As well as presentations from some of the top authorities in the field, the exhibition will allow you to view the latest technologies from leading suppliers within the industry. An unmissable event for those wishing to keep abreast of new developments.
29 Nov 04
Unique intelligence from eyeforpharma: 'Barriers, best practices and measuring ROI for patient compliance programmes'
26 Nov 04
Study data presented at a major recent conference has demonstrated that Wyeth's novel antibacterial tigecycline acts against drug-resistant pathogens in some serious bacterial infections, including MRSA. While Wyeth will have to work hard to establish tigecycline in this competitive area, its encouraging tolerability profile could give it a useful advantage over existing treatments.
24 Nov 04
The recent calamity surrounding Vioxx is one example of what can go awry in the pharmaceutical industry. US drug company Merck (NUSE: MRK) was forced to withdraw this painkiller after in-house studies showed that patients could be at greater risk of suffering heart attacks.
David Kuo (TMFDragon)
19 Nov 04
Influenza is a global disease which imposes a huge medical and economic burden inevery country of the world. The UK is no exception with one caveat - the virus is probably monitored and tracked more in the UK than any other country around the globe. Over the years, GPs have played a leading role in estimating the quantitative impact of influenza. This started with the pioneering work of William Pickles in the Wensleydale villages and continued with Edgar Hope-Simpson in Cirencester.
17 Nov 04
School can be a difficult place at the best of times, however for the 20 million plus children in the seven major pharmaceutical markets that suffer from attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it can be especially troubling. This exacerbated by the fact that many patients aren't receiving the best available treatment, according to new research from Datamonitor.
09 Nov 04
Over the past 30 years, numerous clinical trials evaluating a variety of different classes of drugs have conclusively shown the benefit of blood pressure reduction in reducing the risk of strokes and cardiovascular mortality. Moreover, such trials have clearly demonstrated that blood pressure is unlikely to be controlled with a single drug and often two or more therapies are required to achieve blood pressure targets.
05 Nov 04
Altana has announced the delay of its US application for Daxas until late 2005 due to clinical trial enrolment taking longer than originally anticipated. The news will be of further concern to the company's investors, coming on the back of the recent announcement that another of its respiratory drugs, Alvesco, failed to win full FDA approval.
04 Nov 04
Prostate cancer is the most common male malignancy in Western countries. Surgery and radiological procedures for localized prostate cancer offer the possibility for curative treatment. Prostate cancer also represents one of the most lucrative oncology indications for the pharmaceutical industry because drug-based treatment is often very effective at delaying disease progression, even in advanced disease, which encourages high-volume and long-term usage. The use of hormonal manipulation for advan
01 Nov 04
The pharmaceutical and biotech industries are important contributors to the economies of European countries and are also major employers. If companies in these sectors are to continue to base themselves in Europe they must be seen as positive forces in the field of technology and healthcare rather than a negative drain on a country's finances.
Dr Faiz Kermani
29 Oct 04
The environment for drug development is tougher than it has ever been, with companies having to deal with a variety of political, regulatory, social and economic pressures in order to get their products to market. Few biotech companies have been able to devise a strategy to succeed in this hostile environment on their own, but there is no shortage of new entrants in the market.
Dr Faiz Kermani
29 Oct 04
Hepatocellular carcinoma is the fifth commonest cancer worldwide with about one million new cases diagnosed annually. It is estimated that the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma in the seven major pharma markets will continue to rise over the next decade. There is no gold standard therapy - the market is characterized by high levels of unmet need, large patient potential and high commercial potential. To mark the publication of its new feature "Hepatocellular Carcinoma" LeadDiscovery's analys
28 Oct 04
Learn about new methods and innovative tools to help you with your translational research.
22 Oct 04
Vaccines represent one of the most effective weapons in the armoury of modern medicine. In an age where the benefits of healthcare interventions in relation to their costs are frequently debated in the media, it is easy to forget the tremendous health contribution that vaccines have made and the millions of lives they have saved.
Dr Faiz Kermani
22 Oct 04
Limitations in the ability to optimize dose modification within the clinical trial setting represents a serious bottleneck in the drug development process. This barrier increases development time, causes the unnecessary early termination of valuable candidates and adds up to $300 million/drug in costs. Petra Biotek are set to knock down these barriers through their computer-based Cycle Dose Modification system. The positive impact that this technology is expected to have on the clinical developm
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