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Infants with rare cases of SMA get stronger, live longer on Isis drug

The infants and young children who suffer from rare cases of spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, don't live long. But Isis Pharmaceuticals says that the latest update on the infants enrolled in their mid-stage program for ISIS-SMNrx shows that toddlers with the most severe form of the disease have been getting progressively stronger and living longer while taking this drug.

INC wants to hear from trial sites on how to improve R&D

INC Research has started what it says is the industry's first site advocacy group, gathering study investigators to discuss how to improve speed and results in R&D.

Researchers develop injectable electronic mesh as brain implant to treat stroke, Parkinson's patients

Researchers have developed a soft, conductive electronic polymer mesh that can be injected into the brain to monitor and stimulate it at the level of individual neurons. They have published preclinical data on the device in the latest issue of Nature Nanotechnology.

Biotronik vascular stent determined effective in challenging cases of peripheral artery disease

Germany's Biotronik touted a recent study of its CE-marked Pulsar-18 stent for peripheral artery disease, saying the data showed the device can be used in challenging cases of the condition.

Novartis closes in on lucrative new Cosentyx use with ankylosing spondylitis results

Novartis has the first next-gen psoriasis med on the market in Cosentyx, and it's been spending money to take that first-to-market advantage as far as it can. But the Swiss drugmaker wants the treatment to be first in other indications, too. On that front, it got a boost on Wednesday with some new results in ankylosing spondylitis.

FDA gives Cohera GI surgical sealant its new Expedited Access Pathway designation

Getting innovative medical devices that fill a critical patient need to the U.S. market faster is a stated goal of the Food and Drug Administration. To that end, it recently finalized its Expedited Access Pathway (EAP) in an April guidance. Cohera Medical is among the first to tread this path; it has received an EAP designation and priority processing status for its Sylys resorbable synthetic sealant for use in gastrointestinal surgical procedures to prevent leakage.

Biogen's Alzheimer's success has Roche on the verge of a redo

Biogen's recent early-stage success in Alzheimer's disease has galvanized R&D in the field, and Roche, owner of a similar treatment, is considering whether to tee off another Phase III trial for its once-failed antibody.

Implanted device releases drugs to help determine cancer-killing course of action

Researchers from MIT demonstrated that a 3-mm-long microdevice holding up to 16 different drugs and drug combinations can release those drugs when implanted directly in a tumor to then determine the tumor's sensitivity to those therapies.

Braeburn's once-rejected implant to treat opioid abuse shown comparable to pills in pivotal trial

Braeburn Pharmaceuticals is confident about FDA approval of its Probuphine subdermal implant to treat opioid addiction after its pivotal trial demonstrated it worked at least as well as sublingually administered buprenorphine/naloxone. But an unexpected rejection of the candidate by the FDA in 2013 means the outcome is far from certain.

Getting to the red zone in biopharma R&D (and thoughts on the 2015 Fierce 15)

For some time after the FDA put its new breakthrough therapy designation together for the industry, there was a good deal of back and forth among industry analysts over whether the BTD would make much of a difference. You don't hear much of that kind of carping much these days, and a new report from EP Vantage illustrates why.