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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 antibiotic packs a punch against bacterial resistance

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have given new superpowers to a lifesaving antibiotic called vancomycin, an advance that could eliminate the threat of antibiotic-resistant...



Making biological drugs with spider silk protein

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have managed to synthesise lung surfactant, a drug used in the care of preterm babies, by mimicking the production of spider silk.



Neuroprosthetics: Recovering from injury using the power of your mind

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Medical News Today take a look at five neuroprosthetic devices that help people with sensory or motor disabilities to regain control over their lives.



Experimental technology monitors and maintains drug levels in the body

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

As with coffee or alcohol, the way each person processes medication is unique. One person's perfect dose may be another person's deadly overdose.



Nearly 1 in 3 drugs found to have safety concerns after FDA approval

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

How often are safety concerns raised about a drug after it's been approved by the FDA?



Restricting pharmaceutical reps' marketing tactics changes physician prescribing behavior

Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research shows that limiting how pharmaceutical sales representatives can market their products to physicians changes their drug prescribing behaviors.



Could fungi be a vast, untapped source of new antibiotics?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:00:00 PDT

In scanning genomes of many fungal species, scientists find over 1,000 molecular pathways that might yield a large variety of antibiotics and other drugs.



Fungi have enormous potential for new antibiotics

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Fungi are a potential goldmine for the production of pharmaceuticals. This is shown by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, who have developed a method for finding new antibiotics from...



Nanoparticle nasal spray may offer rapid and safe delivery of drugs to the brain

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A nasal spray containing nanoparticles could be a safe, effective way to deliver drugs to the brain, say scientists, after testing the method in locusts.



Komodo dragon blood may lead to new antibiotics

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A new peptide inspired by the blood of Komodo dragons killed two strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and hastened wound-healing in a new mouse study.



Homing system delivers drugs to specific neurons

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Biomedical engineers have developed a way to deliver drugs to specific types of neurons in the brain, providing an unprecedented ability to study neurological diseases while also promising a more...



Scientists discover new category of analgesic drugs that may treat neuropathic pain

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research published online in The FASEB Journal suggests that a novel therapeutic target called LPCAT2 may prove effective against pain that is not receptive to the current treatments.



New drug strategy: Target the ribosome to halt protein production

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The discovery of a chemical compound that halts the production of a small set of proteins suggests a new drug search strategy: find compounds that target undesired proteins before they even get...



Caution needed for drugs in development for most common malignant pediatric brain tumor

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have worked out how a crucial cancer-related protein, a "histone writer" called Ezh2, plays a role in suppressing as well as...



Could new 'helper drugs' restore antibiotic susceptibility in superbugs?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

New research suggests it may be possible to restore susceptibility to antibiotics in superbugs by locating and inactivating genes that promote resistance.



Molecule discovery may lead to new drugs for brain and spinal cord injury

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

The discovery that a small molecule from fungi stimulates axon regeneration could lead to much needed new drugs to repair central nervous system damage.



Scientists show cognitive enhancing drugs can improve chess play

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The first study to both show and measure the effects of cognitive-enhancing drugs such as modafinil, methylphenidate (best known under the trade name Ritalin), and caffeine, on chess play is being...



Tuberculosis: Soil bacteria compound may yield potent new drug

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Synthetic versions of a compound found in soil bacteria show promise as new drug candidates to fight TB, which is increasingly resisting current therapies.



WHO prioritize 12 treatment-resistant bacteria for drug development

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PDT

For the first time, in a bid to guide drug development, the WHO publish a list of 12 priority pathogens that pose the greatest threat to human health.



Encouraging signs for potential new antibiotic

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, reveals strong evidence that the first in a new class of antibiotic is as effective as an established antimicrobial agent in the...



New antibiotic from bacteria found on Kenyan ant could help beat MRSA

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new antibiotic, produced by bacteria found on a species of African ant, is very potent against antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' like MRSA according to scientists.



Bacterium from coal mine fire could aid drug targeting

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Chemists scouring Appalachia for exotic microorganisms that could yield blockbuster drugs have reported a unique find from the smoldering remains of a coal mine fire that's burned for nearly a...



Unearthing immune responses to common drugs

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Australian researchers are a step closer to understanding immune sensitivities to well-known, and commonly prescribed, medications.



Scientists aim to reduce animals killed in drug testing

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Method for monitoring obesity-caused inflammation could save lives both inside and outside the lab.



Scientists step closer to developing new drug in fight against antimicrobial resistance

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have for the first time determined the molecular structure of a new antibiotic which could hold the key to tackling drug resistant bacteria.