The CONVERGE consortium has identified the first genetic risk loci for depression. Genetic risk factors for major depressive disorder have been surprisingly hard to pin down, with several major genomewide association studies coming up empty.
Georg-August-University Göttingen (UMG) and MRC Technology (MRCT), of London, signed an exclusive license to develop a therapy for neurodegenerative diseases based on antibody-targeting amyloid beta peptides.
Researchers from McGill University have shown that the immune system contribution to chronic pain differs in male and female mice. A large body of research suggests the hypersensitivity to normal stimuli, part of chronic pain, is due in part to immune cell signaling. Specifically, such signaling is from microglia to neurons.
Kineta Inc., of Seattle, presented preclinical in vitro and animal data at the Novel Antiviral Therapies for Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses: Bench to Beside Conference in Austin, Texas, from a class of molecules discovered by Kineta and broadly inhibit influenza A and B, respiratory syncytial virus and coronavirus, which include Middle East respiratory syndrome.
To say that 2014 was a good year for the biopharma industry would be a radical understatement. The flourishing capital markets, the record-breaking number of companies successfully going public via initial public offerings and the validation of scientific breakthroughs that only a few years ago had been mere theories all made for a banner year for the sector.
Genentech Inc., of South San Francisco, a member of the Roche Group, said the FDA accepted its supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) and granted priority review for Avastin (bevacizumab) plus chemotherapy for the treatment of women with recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.
This isn’t exactly “funny” – nothing about cancer is – but during the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago I couldn’t help noticing the multitude of hand-sanitizer vending devices posted around McCormick Place. They seemed … odd there. “Scrub some alcohol gel on your hands, so you don’t catch cold! Oh, cancer? Not a lot we can do about that. We’re working on it.” So they are. The number of abstracts submitted and attendees set records this year. I’m not always assigned to cover ASCO, but I’ve done my share, and 2014’s meeting seemed uncommonly active. Of...
GW Pharmaceuticals plc, of London, disclosed an agreement with New York state to initiate clinical trials using cannabidiol (CBD) to treat children diagnosed with epilepsy who suffer from seizures and other medical complications. New York will be the second state in the U.S. to initiate trials for CBD in children who have not been treated successfully by other methods.