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Vical Licensee Completes Enrollment in Phase 3 Trial

Vical Incorporated (Nasdaq:VICL) licensee, sanofi-aventis, has completed enrollment in a 500-patient Phase 3 clinical trial of its angiogenesis therapy. The NV1FGF therapy contains DNA encoding Fibroblast Growth Factor 1 (FGF-1), a growth factor that stimulates the growth of blood vessels, and is intended to reduce the need for amputations in patients suffering from critical limb ischemia. The primary objective of the TAMARIS study is to demonstrate the superiority of NV1FGF treatment over placebo in the Read More >

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Plexxikon Announces PLX4032 Phase I Clinical Trial Results

Plexxikon Inc. reports positive clinical data from a Phase 1 extension study of PLX4032 (RG7204) in metastatic melanoma patients. PLX4032 targets the BRAFV600E mutation that occurs in about 50 percent of melanomas and about eight percent of solid tumors. Tumor shrinkage has been observed in nearly all of the currently evaluable patients in the extension study, reflecting a 70 percent response rate. Plexxikon and Roche are co-developing PLX4032 under their 2006 license and collaboration agreement. Read More >

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Peptimmune Collaborates with Walter Reed on Dengue Virus Vaccine

Peptimmune, Inc. has formed a collaboration with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Naval Medical Research Center for the development of Dengue vaccines and point-of-care diagnostics. The goal of the R&D project is to evaluate the company’s Directed Expansion of Epitope Permutations (DEEP) technology to potentially design DENV-specific peptide copolymers. The results of this effort have the potential to provide insights into dengue immunity and advance the development of a protective vaccine. Read Read More >

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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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