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The pharmaceutical and biotech Industry continues to evolve and change on a seemingly daily basis. Depending on their size and strategy, pharma companies may conduct extensive research in-house, or they may seek to license promising drugs from academia, o



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New tsri method could turbocharge drug discovery, protein research

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has developed a versatile new method that should enhance the discovery of new drugs and the study of proteins.



White fat converted to 'good' brown fat with anticancer drug

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Researchers reveal how a drug used to treat a form of skin cancer converted white fat into beneficial brown fat and reduced weight gain in mice.



Bacterial protein structure could aid development of new antibiotics

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Bacterial cells have an added layer of protection, called the cell wall, that animal cells don't.



'We could make that!' - Chance meeting leads to creation of antibiotic spider silk

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

An interdisciplinary team of scientists at The University of Nottingham has developed a technique to produce chemically functionalised spider silk that can be tailored to applications used in drug...



New insight for developing more effective drugs to combat inflammatory bowel disease

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestine that includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.



Could a narcolepsy drug help combat food addiction?

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers found that a prescription drug used to treat narcolepsy reduced impulsivity in men, which is considered a driver of food addiction and obesity.



Bioinformatics brings to light new combinations of drugs to fight breast cancer

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

In spite of the many drugs available to treat breast cancer, resistance continues to be a problem.



Scripps Florida scientists discover new natural source of potent anti-cancer drugs

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed an efficient process to rapidly discover new "enediyne natural products" from soil microbes that could be...



New oral therapy VENCLYXTO (venetoclax) receives marketing authorisation for patients with difficult-to-treat, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 02:00:00 PST

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, announced that the European Commission (EC) has authorised VENCLYXTO® (venetoclax) as a first-in-class, oral, once-daily medicine that selectively...



New Parkinson's drug heralded as breakthrough

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Although the treatment of Parkinson's disease has not seen any major advances for decades, MSDC-0160, a diabetes drug, could signal a revolution.



Map of drugs reveals uncharted waters in search for new treatments

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Scientists have created a map of all 1,578 licensed drugs and their mechanisms of action - as a means of identifying 'uncharted waters' in the search for future treatments.



Alzheimer's: Are we on the right path to new drugs?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:00:00 PST

Following the news that Alzheimer's drug solanezumab has failed clinical trials, we look at whether researchers are on the right track for new treatments



Survey of New York City soil uncovers medicine-making microbes

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Microbes have long been an invaluable source of new drugs. And to find more, we may have to look no further than the ground beneath our feet.



Researcher suggests kratom may have medical benefit as opioid alternative

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A delayed U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ban on kratom would stifle scientific understanding of the herb's active chemical components and documented pharmacologic properties if implemented...



Experts call for fair vaccine pricing, not 'random acts of charity'

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Drug companies should stop using donations to atone those who cannot afford expensive vaccines and instead lower prices, argue experts in The BMJ.



Greater efforts are needed to encourage patients to report adverse drug reactions

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

In a review of published studies addressing patients' perceptions and factors influencing their reporting of adverse drug reactions, most patients were not aware of reporting systems and others...



Study examines rates, causes of emergency department visits for adverse drug events

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

The prevalence of emergency department visits for adverse drug events in the United States was estimated to be 4 per 1,000 individuals in 2013 and 2014, and the most common drug classes involved...



Muscular dystrophy: Cancer drug may boost muscle strength for some patients

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:00:00 PST

Researchers reveal how the cancer drug sunitinib may reduce muscle weakness for patients with facioscapulohumeral dystrophy - a form of muscular dystrophy.



Dementia risk greater for AF patients with use of blood-thinning drugs

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

New research finds patients who use anticoagulants - especially those with irregular heartbeat - may be at greater risk of developing dementia.



New compound eases pain like marijuana, without the 'high'

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers have identified a compound that alleviates chronic pain in the same way as marijuana, but without the side effects of the drug.



Catching a tumor in a spider's web

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

New technology platform exploits the power of protein aggregation to develop novel medicines.



Expensive new cancer drugs have little effect on survival of many cancers

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Despite considerable investment and innovation, new cancer drugs approved in the past 10 years may have little effect on survival in adults with cancer, raising a number of concerns, argues an...



Making skin 'leaky' to improve drug delivery

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Scientists use atmospheric microplasma to improve uptake of drug compounds through the skin by disrupting the impermeable outer layer of the skin.



Prescription opioids blamed for rise in pediatric poisonings

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PST

Widespread use of prescription opioids has been linked to a dramatic rise in drug-related emergencies and hospitalization among children and adolescents.



3D tumors grown in the lab provide new perspective for cancer drug discovery

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PST

Understanding how cells within tumors respond to drugs is a critical issue in anticancer drug development.