Genomic & Biopharma News

Cerecor CEO retires after scoring Johnson & Johnson license deal
Shares in Cerecor leaped after the biotech licensed an antidepressant candidate to Johnson & Johnson, bringing in additional cash to advance its pipeline. The cash injection gives the Baltimore-based biotech operating cash through at least 2018.
Fierce Biotech, 2017-08-15 12:38:52

GlaxoSmithKline opens new $56.6M vaccines plant in Scotland
GlaxoSmithKline opened its new $56.6 million vaccines plant in Montrose, Scotland, that will manufacture sterile aluminum salts and includes a microbiology lab. But the small addition comes as a much bigger project has been canceled.
Fierce Pharma, 2017-08-15 12:33:18

ROS1 cancer patients set out to create disease models
A group of cancer patients with the ROS1 mutation has teamed up with a nonprofit and a precision medicine company to create disease models. The collaboration aims to drive forward research into treatments for the rare ROS1 gene mutation by gathering tissue samples from patients.
Fierce Biotech, 2017-08-15 12:27:23

Evidence that cannabis use helps pain or PTSD is lacking, say researchers
Scientific evidence reporting on the use of cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain or post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) is too limited to conclude its safety or efficacy, say researchers from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-08-15 12:19:25

Festival of Genomics returns to Boston Oct 3-4
The RNA Seq Blog is delighted to be partnering with Front Line Genomics and to offer our readers discounted tickets to the upcoming Festival of Genomics! (When registering online, enter code FOGB112  in the top box of the registration form to claim your discount. Normal ticket price $59, RNA Seq Blog discount gets you the ...
Transcriptome Research & Industry News, 2017-08-15 12:15:38

FDA warns of potential contamination of products manufactured by PharmaTech
The FDA has warned of potential contamination of a number of brands of drugs and dietary supplements manufactured by PharmaTech that have been voluntarily recalled by Rugby Labs, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands.
Fierce Pharma, 2017-08-15 12:05:59

German regulators yank manufacturing certificate from Dr. Reddy’s India plant
German regulators have pulled the manufacturing certificate from a Dr. Reddy’s formulation plant located in Bachupally, India, following an inspection earlier this month that uncovered deficiencies in record-keeping for quality control and sanitation systems at the facility.
Fierce Pharma, 2017-08-15 11:56:31

Exosomal protein analysis could be a novel approach to detect and monitor acute transplant rejection
Exosomes are cell-derived circulating vesicles that play an important role in cell-cell communication. Exosomes are actively assembled and carry messenger RNAs, microRNAs and proteins. The “gold standard” for cardiac allograft surveillance is endomyocardial biopsy (EMB), an invasive technique with a distinct complication profile. The development of novel, non-invasive methods for the early diagnosis of allograft ...
Exosome RNA Research & Industry News, 2017-08-15 11:28:36

A comparison of Illumina and Ion Torrent sequencing platforms, and the winner is…
Though Illumina has largely dominated the RNA-Seq field, the simultaneous availability of Ion Torrent has left scientists wondering which platform is most effective for differential gene expression (DGE) analysis. Previous investigations of this question have typically used reference samples derived from cell lines and brain tissue, and do not involve biological variability. While these comparisons ...
Transcriptome Research & Industry News, 2017-08-15 11:17:34