The Wellcome Trust's investment arm is putting up £25 million ($38 million) to launch a new company developing a potential one-time treatment for hemophilia and planning to build a pipeline of gene therapies.
After posting some early clinical success with its first gene therapy project, University of Oxford spinout NightstaRx is looking to widen its pipeline of projects, recruiting venture giant New Enterprise Associates to pitch in on a $35 million funding round.
With multidrug-resistant forms of tuberculosis on the rise, and the variable efficacy of the generic BCG vaccine, it is getting harder and harder to treat the disease. The Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) is stepping up to the plate and taking its TB candidate to Phase IIa trials in South Africa.
About one of every 5 cases of breast cancer are termed triple-negative. They are hard to treat and resistant to some of the therapies currently in use, and as a result patients in this subtype have a worse chance of beating the disease or delaying its progress significantly. But now a team of scientists in the U.K. says that they have identified a gene that appears to drive disease progression and might offer a good target for drug developers.
Johnson & Johnson and Lundbeck are throwing some scientific muscle behind a new initiative at the Wellcome Trust which enlisted researchers at 7 top academic research institutions in an effort to determine what role the immune system and inflammation play in depression and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
Merck Serono is teaming up with London's Institute of Cancer Research and the charitable Wellcome Trust to identify and develop new inhibitors to treat cancer.
With media organizations broadcasting lurid images of the Liberian military's violent effort to enforce a quarantine in an effort to corral Ebola in the slums in Monrovia, the frenzy of attention continued to concentrate a spotlight on the sudden rush to get early-stage experimental treatments or vaccines to West Africa.
The British government has unveiled a major funding boost for its 100,000 Genomes Project, with a further $506 million (£300 million) set to be spent over the next four years. Illumina is responsible for more than half of the cash, with the U.S. sequencing giant due to invest $273 million in England.
International debate is brewing over whether to give experimental vaccines to people in regions of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa in an effort to thwart the spread of the deadly virus.
While the world already has a pair of cholera vaccines that have been proven safe and effective, it lacks a low-cost option that can stay effective without cold storage in impoverished areas where the disease hits hardest. And with a new partnership, that's exactly what Merck's Indian joint venture is looking to change.