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Otsuka’s Samsca, first ADPKD therapy, approved in Japan

25-03-2014

Japanese drugmaker Otsuka Pharmaceutical says it has become the first company in the world to obtain…

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Japan’s Eisai joins forces with UK researchers on tropical disease research

Japan’s Eisai joins forces with UK researchers on tropical disease research

20-03-2014

Japanese drug major Eisai has entered a collaboration with the UK’s Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine…

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Medigene signs collaboration with Falk Pharma for RhuDex

Medigene signs collaboration with Falk Pharma for RhuDex

19-03-2014

German biotechnology company Medigene has signed an exclusive global license agreement with drugmaker…

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Executive Q&A: Fibrotech's chief executive Darren Kelly

Executive Q&A: Fibrotech's chief executive Darren Kelly

18-03-2014

The Pharma Letter interviewed chief executive Darren Kelly about Fibrotech’s ethos and its lead product,…

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Strong Ph III data on Intercept’s OCA, but shares hit by side effect concerns

Strong Ph III data on Intercept’s OCA, but shares hit by side effect concerns

17-03-2014

USA-based Intercept Pharmaceuticals reported positive Phase III results on its obeticholic acid (OCA)…

Intercept PharmaceuticalsNephrology and Hepatologyobeticholic acidPharmaceuticalResearch

Islet Sciences to acquire BHV Pharma along with diabetes and NASH products

Islet Sciences to acquire BHV Pharma along with diabetes and NASH products

13-03-2014

US biotech firm Islet Sciences says it has signed a binding letter of intent to acquire Brighthaven Ventures…

BiotechnologyDiabetesIslet SciencesMergers & AcquisitionsNephrology and Hepatologyremogliflozin

La Jolla’s shares soar as it reports positive results in kidney disease trial

12-03-2014

US-based La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company has announced positive top-line results from its randomized,…

La Jolla PharmaceuticalNephrology and HepatologyPharmaceuticalResearchUSA

Keryx Biopharma files for EU approval of Zerenex

Keryx Biopharma files for EU approval of Zerenex

10-03-2014

US drugmaker Keryx Biopharmaceuticals has submitted a Marketing Authorization Application to the European…

EuropeKeryx BiopharmaceuticalsNephrology and HepatologyPharmaceuticalRegulationZerenex

Ardelyx licenses NaP2b to Sanofi in deal worth up to $198 million

Ardelyx licenses NaP2b to Sanofi in deal worth up to $198 million

25-02-2014

US venture-funded biopharmaceutical company Ardelyx has licensed its novel phosphate transport NaP2b…

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AstraZeneca in licensing deal for MALT1 inhibitors; closes Bangalore R&D site

AstraZeneca in licensing deal for MALT1 inhibitors; closes Bangalore R&D site

31-01-2014

Belgium-based VIB, a non-profit research institute in life sciences, and the Center for Drug Design and…

Asia-PacificAstraZenecaIndiaInflammatory diseasesOncologyPharmaceuticalResearchTropical diseases

Chronic kidney disease drug market forecast to reach $11.7 billion in 2022

Chronic kidney disease drug market forecast to reach $11.7 billion in 2022

29-01-2014

After an initial decline driven by generic and biosimilar competition in the G7 (USA, Japan, France,…

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FDA cites insufficient information in response to AMAG’s Feraheme application

FDA cites insufficient information in response to AMAG’s Feraheme application

23-01-2014

US drug company AMAG Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: AMAG) has received a complete response letter from the…

AMAG PharmaceuticalsFerahemeHematologyNephrology and HepatologyPharmaceuticalRegulationUSA

Intercept rockets on positive liver disease drug trial

10-01-2014

Shares of USA-based Intercept Pharmaceuticals tripled to $275.87 by close of trading on January 9, when…

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Takeda collaboration with Medicines for Malaria Venture

Takeda collaboration with Medicines for Malaria Venture

26-12-2013

Japan’s largest drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical has entered into agreements with Medicines for Malaria…

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FDA “Breakthrough Therapy” designation for GSK’s malaria drug tafenoquine; EU Cervarix news

FDA “Breakthrough Therapy” designation for GSK’s malaria drug tafenoquine; EU Cervarix news

22-12-2013

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted “Breakthrough Therapy” designation for tafenoquine,…

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Italy’s Gentium accepts $1 billion takeover offer from Jazz Pharma

20-12-2013

Ireland-headquartered drugmaker Jazz Pharmaceuticals has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire…

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IFPMA and the Global Fund collaborate to help protect patients from fake medicines

05-12-2013

The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations and the Global Fund to…

Anti-viralsAntibiotics and Infectious diseasesGlobalMarkets & MarketingPharmaceuticalRegulationTropical diseases

Novartis researchers identify new drug target for malaria

Novartis researchers identify new drug target for malaria

28-11-2013

Scientists at Swiss pharma major Novartis have discovered a new drug target for treating malaria, with…

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Velphoro receives US FDA approval for hyperphosphatemia in CKD

Velphoro receives US FDA approval for hyperphosphatemia in CKD

28-11-2013

Switzerland-based Vifor Pharma has received US Food and Drug Administration approval for Velphoro for…

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Avesthagen in deal with Elpen for biosimilar Aranesp in parts of Europe

21-11-2013

Avesthagen Pharma AG, a unit of India’s Avesthagen Ltd, has signed an agreement with Greek life sciences…

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Bayer CEO calls for greater appreciation of innovation

Bayer CEO calls for greater appreciation of innovation

19-11-2013

Advances in cancer therapy are expected in the next years, thanks in particular to treatment using antibody-drug…

BayerNephrology and HepatologyOncologyPharmaceuticalResearchRespiratory and Pulmonary

New malaria vaccines roadmap targets next generation products by 2030

New malaria vaccines roadmap targets next generation products by 2030

14-11-2013

The world should aim to have vaccines which reduce malaria cases by 75%, and are capable of eliminating…

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Chronic kidney disease market to witness slight decline by 2017

Chronic kidney disease market to witness slight decline by 2017

12-11-2013

The value of the chronic kidney disease market could drop 2.5% between 2012 and 2017 due to the loss…

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US FDA delays approval of Paladin’s Impavido

US FDA delays approval of Paladin’s Impavido

12-11-2013

Canada-based specialty pharmaceutical company Paladin Labs says that the US Food and Drug Administration…

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