Oral vaccines prove an alluring alternative to painful shots, and scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London, are pioneering a new method of oral vaccination using probiotic spores--"good bacteria." The method could help boost immunity to tuberculosis and influenza, as well as prevent C. difficile.
Cubist Pharmaceuticals isn't giving up on its drug against diarrhea caused by C. difficile. After saying in June it wasn't sure whether to continue development of the drug, the Lexington, MA-based
German researchers have synthesized a carbohydrate on the surface of an extremely virulent strain of Clostridium difficile, a potentially deadly hospital-acquired infection, that could lead to a
As we put this edition of FierceBiotech to bed, there was still no word from the FDA on potential approval of Optimer Pharmaceuticals' antibiotic fidaxomicin (Dificid). The PDUFA date of May 30 falls
Sanofi Pasteur has launched an ambitious mid-stage clinical trial for an experimental new vaccine that will attempt to thwart the rising risk of hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infection.
Medarex and Massachusetts Biologic Laboratory will share an upfront payment of $60 million and up to $165 million in milestones from Merck, which is licensing an antibody they discovered for C.
Sanofi-Pasteur has launched a clinical trial in Thailand to test a tetravalent vaccine for dengue fever, the world's second most common tropical disease in children. Adding to the urgency for the
Optimer Pharmaceuticals' stock surged on news that the company's anti-infective drug OPT-80 outperformed ViroPharma's Vancocin in a late-stage trial. Vancocin is currently the only approved treatment
The UK's chief medical officer is predicting that new vaccines will be available within five to 10 years that can protect hospital patients against deadly superbugs that kill thousands of people