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MSC-Secreted Factor Key to Impact of Multiple Scle...

Scientists have identified a factor in the conditioned medium of mesenchymal stem cell (MSCs) cultures that appears to play a key role in the therapeutic effects of MSC-based therapy in multiple sclerosis (MS). Studies by Case Western Reserve University researchers in the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) mouse model of MS demonstrated that treatment using conditioned medium from cultured human MSCs...

Marina, Girindus Ink Oligonucleotide Manufacturing...

Girindus has obtained the exclusive rights to develop, supply, and commercialize certain oligonucleotide constructs using Marina Biotech’s conformationally restricted nucleotide (CRN) chemistry. In return Marina will receive royalties from the sale of CRN-based oligonucleotide reagents as well as a robust supply of cGMP material for Marina and its partners’ preclinical, clinical, and commercialization...

Ventana Licenses Gen-Probe IP for Measuring ERG Pr...

Roche’s Ventana Medical Systems co-exclusively sublicensed IP from Gen-Probe granting the firm in vitro diagnostic rights relating to the immunohistochemical measurement of ERG protein expression in prostate tissue. Ventana says the licensed IP complements its existing co-exclusive sublicense to IP covering in situ hybridization measurements of ETS gene rearrangements (including ERG gene rearrangements) in tissue. ...

BioDelivery Earns $2.5M from Meda on Pricing Appro...

BioDelivery Sciences received a $2.5 million prelaunch milestone payment from Meda, triggered by the first national regulatory clearance and pricing approval for Breakyl/Onsolis (fentanyl buccal soluble film) in the EU. Breakyl is indicated for the management of breakthrough pain in opioid-tolerant adult cancer patients. BioDelivery will receive another, final $2.5 million EU-related milestone when the drug is launched...

Osiris Wins Race to Market a Stem Cell Product wit...

Osiris Therapeutics’ adult stem cell therapy Prochymal® received approval from Health Canada for the treatment of acute graft-vs-host disease (GvHD) in children who failed to respond to steroids. The company will have to carry out certain post-launch confirmatory studies. The decision gives Osiris the distinction of being the first company to win full marketing approval of a stem cell product. Prochymal is an...

Google Search Engine Forms Basis of Algorithm to I...

Scientists have adapted the algorithm used by Google’s web search engine to develop a computational program that can identify panels of biomarkers for cancer prognosis. Google’s PageRank algorithm takes into account the network of hyperlinks between web documents as well as the search terms themselves to determine which pages are most relevant to a particular search query. A Technische Universität Dresden-led team has...
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