Monthly Archives: October 2009

Locus Pharmaceuticals and Novartis enter into research collaboration

Locus Pharmaceuticals has entered into a discovery research collaboration with Novartis. Locus will collaborate with Novartis to discover novel chemotypes on targets of interest to Novartis’ select therapeutic areas.

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UsiRNA reduces tumor growth in vivo

MDRNA, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNA) presented new in vivo data showing continued progress in the advancement of the Company’s oncology program. J. Michael French, President and CEO, reported that MDRNA’s UsiRNAs, delivered by the Company’s DiLA2 platform, down-regulated a previously “non-druggable” target with subsequent reductions in tumor growth in models of liver and bladder cancer via both systemic and local delivery.  Read the release.

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Medicago awarded U.S. Army contract

Medicago Inc. (TSX-V: MDG) has been awarded a proof of concept contract by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command laboratory specifically the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (“ECBC”) Research & Technology Directorate. Medicago will work with ECBC to investigate the affordable production of industrial enzymes in the field of biofuels. This new project builds on Medicago’s proprietary plant-based manufacturing platform and its potential for applications beyond the biological drug market. Read the release.

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Novavax gets NIH grant

Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX) has received a Small Business and Innovation Research grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The grant will support a segment of the Company’s preclinical research program for the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) particle-based vaccine. As previously announced, Novavax has an RSV vaccine candidate in preclinical development, which is directed against a protein on the surface of the virus, the “F” or “fusion” protein. The grant, valued at approximately Read More >

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Weekly Blog Roundup

This week in the blogosphere, attention students, according to the blog, smartplanet “Did you know there’s an ongoing federal grant program for U.S. college and university students that are working on so-called “P3″ ideas? P3 stands for “People, Prosperity and the Planet,” which are concerns fundamental to ideas of sustainability. “The money is given out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and seeks to help support research and development projects that involve the overall sustainability Read More >

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