MSD recruit Taiho and Astex to assist in developing KRAS therapies

MSD announces worldwide research collaboration and license agreement with Taiho Pharmaceutical and Astex Pharmaceuticals, both subsidiaries of Otsuka, to develop small molecule inhibitors against several drug targets. It was revealed that the partnership intends to investigate drugs including the KRAS oncogene, which are currently being investigated for the treatment of cancer. KRAS is among the

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AZ and Novoheart create a 3D heart model

AstraZeneca and Novoheart are collaborating on developing a functioning miniature human heart model of heart failure, a first of its kind. The ‘heart-in-a-jar’, Novoheart’s proprietary 3D human ventricular cardiac organoid chamber (hvCOC) technology, will be made from human stem cells and will replicate the key characteristics of heart failure. This will include preserved ejection fraction

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GSK and Lyell to collaborate on cancer cell therapies

GSK and Lyell Immunopharma have announced a five-year collaboration to develop new technologies with the aim of improving cell therapies for cancer patients. In the announcement the companies explained that the collaboration will apply Lyell’s technologies to further strengthen GSK’s cell therapy pipeline, including GSK3377794, which targets the NY-ESO-1 antigen that is expressed across multiple

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Novartis and Microsoft join together to transform medicine using AI

Novartis and Microsoft have announced a new collaboration with the aim to “transform medicine with artificial intelligence.” Novartis announced the “important step in reimagining medicine” by founding the Novartis AI innovation lab, choosing Microsoft as its strategic AI and data-science partner. The company says that the new lab will look to bolster Novartis AI capabilities

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University of Andrews opens earlier diagnosis institute

The University has established a new institute to obtain earlier diagnosis of cancer, cardiovascular disease, mental health and infection and help address current inequalities. Early diagnosis is critical in order to achieve the best treatment outcomes, yet diseases are much more likely to be diagnosed earlier in affluent areas compared to Scotland’s most deprived communities.

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