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Biogen and Quintiles ink a deep-seated deal to boost R&D efficiency

Going well beyond the standard sponsor-CRO relationship, Biogen Idec has recruited Quintiles to revamp its clinical development process, giving the contractor a seat at the R&D table to improve trial efficiency.

AstraZeneca continues to chop back, spotlights immuno-oncology PhIII

AstraZeneca is continuing its campaign to refashion its image as it tries to shake off past setbacks and unsuccessful units and turn analysts' attention to its brightest pipeline prospects, particularly in cancer.

An international biotech tackles CRISPR gene editing tech with $25M bankroll

A hybrid international biotech upstart with deep U.S. academic roots, a company base in Basel and a plan to grow its research operations in London has landed a $25 million A round to launch another effort at gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 technology--one of the hottest emerging fields in drug development.

Novartis, GSK deal puts the spotlight on a narrowing R&D focus

The big trend in Big Pharma R&D has been to cut back significantly in key areas where they felt they faced extraordinarily high risks--a particular problem in the central nervous system field, where trial failures have been more the norm than the exception.

Hydrocarbon double-stapling of peptides a new trick in fight against viruses

Researchers have developed a unique delivery mechanism that inhibits the respiratory syncytial virus using double-stapled peptides and nanoparticles. They believe their research has implications for the treatment of other viruses as well.

Kala reels in $22.5M to get its next-gen eye drops into PhIII

Kala Pharmaceuticals, co-founded by MIT biotech luminary Robert Langer, has closed a $22.5 million B round, cash the company says will help advance its novel approach to eye treatments.

ProNAi, with delivery tech licensed from Marina, snags $59.5M for cancer trials

Detroit-based ProNAi picked up a $59.5 million venture capital round to support its mid-stage DNAi cancer therapy that uses liposomal delivery technology developed by Marina Biotech.

WuXi poaches an AstraZeneca exec to amp up Chinese R&D

Chinese CRO WuXi PharmaTech has convinced Steve Yang, head of Asian R&D for AstraZeneca, to jump ship, joining the company as it looks to expand its presence in its home country and abroad.

Zafgen tees up an $86M IPO for eye-catching obesity drug

Zafgen has been turning heads with some jaw-dropping results from its mid-stage studies for a promising new obesity drug. And now the biotech hopes to parlay its eye-catching, if risky, technology into an $86 million IPO.

Pfizer, AstraZeneca back a new strategy for cancer drug R&D

A pair of pharma giants have partnered with a prominent cancer research charity in the U.K. on an innovative new approach to testing targeted oncology therapies, building on the country's national program for tumor testing in a way that may help make it a global center of cancer R&D.