The Dish’s Weekly Biotechnology News Wrap Up – August 7, 2015

This week’s biotechnology news headlines include, new report on industry shows R&D productivity, drug patent protection strains trade talks, GSK will roll out malaria vaccine, stem cell grant to UC Davis, Astrazeneca expands work with Isis pharma, new Opdivo combination, and Pfizer gets EU ok for Hospira buy.

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“New analysis underscores improving pharma R&D productivity,” Reuters

“Drug industry productivity is continuing to improve, with a bumper haul of new products being launched and companies proving more successful in the final stages of clinical testing, according to a new analysis.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “New Report Forecasts Sustained Growth in the Pharmaceutical Market through 2020

“Patent Protection for Drugs Puts Pressure on U.S. in Trade Talks,” The New York Times

“With 12 nations pressing to conclude the largest regional trade accord ever, United States officials find themselves squeezed between activists pressing to secure access to low-cost pharmaceuticals and Republicans who say Congress will reject a deal without strong patent protections for the drug industry.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “Cancer Drug Market Continues to Grow and is Fueled by Significant R&D Focus and Clinical Pipeline

“GlaxoSmithKline sees staged roll-out of malaria vaccine,” Reuters

“The world’s first malaria vaccine, which won a green light last week from European drugs regulators, will be rolled out gradually in Africa, its maker said on Wednesday.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “The Evolution of Vaccine Manufacturing – Past, Current, and Future Trends

“UC Davis gets $8.5M for stem-cell research to help AIDS patients,” Sacramento Business Journal

“The California stem cell agency has approved a $8.5 million grant to researchers at UC Davis who are working on treatments for HIV/AIDS patients who have lymphoma.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “Culturing hPSCs: From MEFs to Naïve State Cells

“Astrazeneca Expands Work With Isis to Use Genes to Fix Diseases,” Bloomberg Business

“AstraZeneca Plc and Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. will work together, expanding an earlier collaboration, to seek Gene Therapy treatments for diseases affecting the heart, kidneys and the body’s metabolism.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “Cord Blood-derived HSCs – The Quest to Overcome Limited Cell Numbers

“BMS in new Opdivo combo collaboration,” PharmaTimes

“Bristol-Myers Squibb is teaming up with Japanese firm Kyowa Hakko Kirin to test a combination of two of the firms’ immunotherapies.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “Cell Culture Media Optimization: Making the perfect magical potion

“Pfizer wins EU approval for $15 billion Hospira buy,” Reuters

“U.S. drugmaker Pfizer (PFE.N) gained European Union antitrust approval on Tuesday for its proposed $15 billion acquisition of U.S. rival Hospira (HSP.N) after pledging to sell some drugs to allay competition concerns.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “3D Printing and 3D Bioprinting – Changing the Healthcare Landscape

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