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Lung Cancer Community: 'This Is Our Fight'

Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:19:58 EDT
At the premier gathering of the lung cancer community, the first plenary session speaker insisted: 'We cannot deal with lung cancer and not fight against tobacco.'
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Eating More Nuts Could Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes

Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:36:14 EDT
Ensuring adequate daily intake of a fatty acid found in vegetable oils and nuts could help protect against type 2 diabetes, suggest the results of a pooled analysis of 20 prospective studies.
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Trump's Pick for Drug Czar Pulls Out After Investigation

Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:33:08 EDT
The decision follows a report by the Washington Post and 60 Minutes that showed Rep. Tom Marino spearheaded legislation that made it harder for the government to police the pharmaceutical industry.
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Durvalumab in Stage III Lung Cancer: 'An Important Advance'

Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:53:12 EDT
New data from the PACIFIC study show that durvalumab is well tolerated, with no impact on quality of life; its improvement of PFS is an 'important advance,' says expert.
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Johnson & Johnson drops sirukumab after FDA blow, cans phase 3 AML trial

Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:44:55 +0000
Five months ago, Johnson & Johnson painted sirukumab and talacotuzumab as part of a wave of blockbusters-in-waiting that would drive growth for years to come. Today, J&J abandoned plans to win approval of its once-hyped rheumatoid arthritis drug sirukumab and stopped a phase 3 trial of talacotuzumab in acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Gemini taps A-list VCs for $42M to fuel AMD R&D

Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:55:43 +0000
Atlas Venture, Lightstone Ventures and OrbiMed have joined up to lead a $42.5 million investment in Gemini Therapeutics. The VCs put up the series A funds to equip Gemini to turn advances in our understanding of the genetics of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) into a drug pipeline.

AstraZeneca builds case for adding savolitinib to Iressa, Tagrisso

Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:25:51 +0000
AstraZeneca has posted preliminary phase 1b/2 data on the use of savolitinib in combination with Iressa or Tagrisso. Adding the MET tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) to the approved drugs triggered partial responses in a significant minority of NSCLC patients who had progressed after treatment with an EGFR-TKI.

Sanofi cancer executive jumps ship to Silicon Therapeutics

Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:22:07 +0000
Sanofi veteran Christopher Winter has been appointed as the new chief of R&D at drug discovery biotech Silicon, becoming the latest in an increasingly long line of Big Pharma executives to join the early-stage life science stream.
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