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Dendreon’s PROVENGE making regulatory and commercialization progress

Dendreon Corporation (Nasdaq: DNDN) today reported regulatory and commercialization progress for PROVENGE® (sipuleucel-T), the company’s investigational prostate cancer product. Dendreon expects to prepare for commercialization of PROVENGE by the middle of next year. Dendreon further plans to initiate a clinical trial of NEUVENGE™ (lapuleucel-T) to treat bladder cancer, and potentially, breast and colorectal cancers. At today’s analyst event, the company also reported the expansion of its manufacturing facility in New Jersey and the addition of Read More >

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Inovio CEO Speaks at MIT Conference

Dr. J. Joseph Kim, CEO of Inovio Biomedical Corporation (NYSE Amex: INO), presented keynote remarks on universal DNA vaccines to prevent and treat infectious diseases (such as Influenza) at MIT’s Emerging Technologies Conference. Dr. Kim’s speech focused on the advantages of DNA vaccines versus traditional therapies, which includes speed of development, ease of manufacture, and broader immune responses, as well as the “designer” nature of Inovio’s vaccine approach. The conference took place this week in Read More >

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Xoma to develop antibody for H1N1 and H5N1

XOMA Ltd. (Nasdaq:XOMA) is developing an antibody that has been shown by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School researchers to neutralize group 1 influenza A viruses, including H1N1 and H5N1. XOMA will conduct the program under a $2.2 million subcontract with SRI International of Menlo Park, California. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will fund the subcontract. Read the release.

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The latest from GlobeImmune

Interview with Timothy C. Rodell, M.D., GlobeImmune CEO & President: Can you describe the top priorities or upcoming milestones for your company? Our phase 2 trial in chronic hepatitis C has completed enrollment and we expect to disclose end of treatment data at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease in October.  We also expect to present the final data from this trial, sustained virologic response, early in 2010.  Read More >

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Anadys brings together the best of both worlds

Dr. Steve Worland, Ph.D., Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc. President, CEO, & Director, discusses the latest developments at the company: Can you describe the top priorities or upcoming milestones for your company? Anadys is focused on the development of ANA598, our non-nucleoside polymerase inhibitor for the treatment of Hepatitis C.  ANA598 is in Phase 2 clinical testing in combination with pegylated interferon-alpha and ribavirin, a current standard of care.  We expect to receive safety and response data Read More >

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