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Pharmacological activation of transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) may be of benefit as a stroke prevention strategy

26 Aug 04

DailyUpdates 26th August, 2004: The stabilization of atherosclerotic plaques has emerged as a strategy for reducing the incidence of stroke as well as other cardiovascular diseases. Previous studies have reported that blocking the activity of transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) can limit the progression of atherosclerosis and stabilize plaques in animal models. New data now suggests that increasing TGF-beta1 can also stabilize plaques in humans supporting the development of therapeutic
LeadDiscovery

Peripheral Arterial Disease Represents a Significant and Rapidly Growing Market Opportunity for Interventional Therapies, Particularly Endovascular Technologies

26 Aug 04

ATLANTA--Aug. 25, 2004--Endovascular intervention, employing minimally invasive, catheter-based technologies, is expected to become the dominant therapeutic modality for atherosclerotic diseases in the lower limbs, according to a new report published by THE SAGE GROUP
LeadDiscovery

Clinical data further demonstrates the efficacy of Pfizer's pregabalin (Lyrica) in the treatment of diabetic neuropathic pain

25 Aug 04

DailyUpdates 25th August, 2004: Despite legal appeals by Pfizer, Ivax's generic equivalent of the blockbuster gabapentin (Neurontin) went on sale earlier this month increasing the need for Pfizer to push the follow-on, pregabalin onto the US market. Pregabalin was approved by European authorities in July of this year for the treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain and as an adjunctive therapy for partial seizures in patients with epilepsy. Most recently a US study has been published data furthe
LeadDiscovery

Low level carbon monoxide exposure as a therapeutic approach to improving transplant outcome

24 Aug 04

DailyUpdates 24th August, 2004: Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), one of the enzymes responsible for the production of carbon monoxide, is induced under conditions of ischemic stress. Clinical data has previously demonstrated that increased expression of HO-1 may limit post-transplant ischemia reperfusion injury, a major cause of reduced graft survival. Now researchers have reported that maintaining transplant recipients in an atmosphere of elevated carbon monoxide promotes extended graft survival
LeadDiscovery

The future is outsourced

23 Aug 04

As the pharmaceutical market becomes more competitive and the R&D process more complex, companies have began to use outsourcing on a longer-term basis than in the past. For observers in other R&D-based industries the pharmaceutical industry is a somewhat conservative user of outsourcing, and yet the pharmaceutical industry’s R&D investment as a proportion of sales is much higher than these other technology sectors.
Dr Faiz Kermani

Why Do Companies Recruit Online?

23 Aug 04

Having worked as a recruitment consultant for six years I soon realised that online recruitment was my main source of applicants. This maybe due to how easy it is for applicants to apply online and more people having Internet access. Which type of site do you tend to look at on the web? A news site? A site about your hobby or team? A job board such as Pharmiweb? With more people searching for jobs online, more companies see the benefit and use job boards to direct them to their careers page
Ed Fowler - ebods.com Ltd

WILL YOUR METHOD SURVIVE BEYOND YOUR LAB?

23 Aug 04

Eventually, methods developed by research laboratories need to be transferable to face the rigours of external validation or the production line. Many researchers, however, are unaware that this procedure must be adequately documented, a crucial issue when it comes to regulation and outsourcing.
Rachel Holdsworth/Geoff Pulham

Clinical data supports the development of insulin as a future treatment for memory and mood disorders?

23 Aug 04

DailyUpdates 23rd August, 2004: The use of insulin forms the cornerstone of diabetes treatment. A body of data also suggests however that this hormone directly modulates both memory and mood suggesting that endogenous insulin may be of benefit to many of the 180 million people around the world with memory disorders, and especially those with co-morbid mood disturbances such as schizophrenic or depressed individuals. A recent study has shown that intra-nasal administration of insulin improves m
LeadDiscovery

It's not just drug discovery that's an expensive business

23 Aug 04

Pharmaceutical practices from manufacturing to marketing are coming under increasing scrutiny from watchdogs, regulators and shareholders. As huge fines and record settlements erode profits, Datamonitor's Andrew Jones argues that pharma companies must focus on tightening compliance...
Datamonitor

Singapore strives for success

22 Aug 04

As the pharmaceutical industry expands its global outlook, many companies have taken a greater interest in the region of South-East Asia. The emergence of this area as a centre for R&D activities is typified by Singapore, which has made a strong commitment to raising its profile and attracting major companies.
Dr Faiz Kermani

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