Will New Study Cut Guesswork for Depression Medicine Prescriptions?


Genetic testing that helps guide more precise cancer treatment is making its way into standard practice in major U.S. medical centers. Could the same eventually be true for depression?

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Blood Test Study Meets Goal, Validates Epic’s Prostate Cancer Target


In study results published Wednesday, the presence of the specific protein fragment that Epic (not to be confused with Verona, WI-based EHR software maker Epic Systems) tests for in circulating tumor cells predicted a shorter median length of survival for men whose disease has spread.

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Viking Liver Drug Shows Promise for NASH, Shares Soar on Study Data


Viking Therapeutics released preliminary results from a Phase 2 study suggesting its experimental drug might impact some of the disease’s many dangerous effects on the liver.

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How an Ohio Kids’ Hospital Quietly Became Ground Zero for Gene Therapy


If a once-modest regional hospital and its new biotech allies have their way, the capital of Ohio could one day rival America’s other biomedical hubs. Our goal is to make Columbus the center of the universe for gene therapy,” says Doug Ingram, CEO of Sarepta Therapeutics.

Study: Reflexion Health Virtual Therapy System Reduces Rehab Costs


The study, which evaluated Reflexion’s system for patients after total knee replacement surgery, was conducted in conjunction with the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), part of the Duke University School of Medicine.

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Economic Study Ranks San Diego Near Top in Genomics Innovation


An economic impact study of San Diego’s emerging genomics industry counted 115 genomics-related companies operating in the region that directly employ over 10,000 people, and drive about $5.6 After previewing a glimpse of the study’s findings last month , Brady provided.

Study Stakes San Diego’s Claim in Genomics: $292M in 2016 VC Deals


Preliminary findings from an economic impact study show that genomics is emerging as a distinct innovation cluster in San Diego. The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

As U.S. Looks to Launch Precision Health Study, Google’s Role Emerges


government has ambitious plans for a long-term health study with one million Americans, and one of the world’s most powerful tech companies has a big part to play, including the storage of all the data on its “cloud” servers. To be clear, health data that citizens contribute to the study will be open for research under the purview of the government—not held privately by Google or the other two dozen entities that are building and running the four cornerstones of the PMI.

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Study: Blood Test for Prostate Cancer Can Guide Therapy, Extend Lives


Blood tests for cancer, known as liquid biopsies, have become available in recent years to guide treatments for people already diagnosed. But how useful are they?

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New Study: DNA Tests For Healthy People Have “Uncertain Value”


A new study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine questions the practicality of making DNA tests standard for people who don’t have a cancer diagnosis or aren’t trying to identify a mysterious disease. The study is limited by its small scope, but it is the first with some rigor to examine outcomes. Genome sequencing is becoming more common for people diagnosed with cancer. Should it become part of a healthy person’s checkup, too?

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For Sickle Cell, a Complex Disease, New Drugs Could Bring Complex Costs


Cassandra Trimnell has sickle cell disease. She also loves to travel. For her 30th birthday last year, she and her husband planned a trip to Indonesia, and she figured she would be fine.

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“Unseen Is Unsold:” VR & Analytics Study What and Why Shoppers Buy


Humans are great about saying a lot of things. We’re not that good about actually following through. See: New Year’s diet resolutions or election polls. That tendency affects retailers as well. Big stores and brands spend millions in market research to figure out what shoppers want and then model production and creative teams to create those items. What people say and what people do is different,” says Anne Stephenson, a partner with Explorer Research, which works with retailers and brands. “So,

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Notes from the JPM19 Vortex: Price Apocalypse, Celgene Fallout & More


[ Editor’s note: Ben Fidler and Sarah de Crescenzo coauthored this report.] It is here, and then it is gone. But by the time everyone staggers to the airport or back home to sleep in their own beds, the annual few days of the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and everything that mushrooms around it seem just as long as the holiday break—a distant memory!—that —that came just before. In 2020 (yes, that’s really a year), San Francisco might have a new mayor.

For More Lung Cancer Patients, the Promise of No Chemo Looms Larger


[ Editor’s note: Ben Fidler co-authored this report.] A decade from now, it’s possible that immunotherapy will have made a big dent in lung cancer, which is by far the deadliest type of the disease.

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Amid Budget Concerns, NIH Preps Beta Test for Precision Medicine Plan


It’s the start of a plan whose seeds were planted more than two years ago, when former President Barack Obama proposed a study to glean insights about health and disease by tracking a large. An ambitious plan to recruit 1 million U.S.

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Recruitment Goal In Obama Precision Med Study: 1M in 3 or 4 Years


The Obama administration’s push to sign up one million Americans for a long-term health study will start in New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Tucson, AZ, top health officials said today. The VA is running its own long-term study with nearly half a million participants so far.).

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Cirius Therapeutics Raises $40M to Expand Ongoing Liver Study


A $40 million transfusion led by Frazier Healthcare Partners and Denmark’s Novo A/S is bringing fresh life to a Michigan biotech working to advance a new experimental drug for treating a type of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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Study: Users Not Willing To Pay To Use Twitter, Other Online Services


A study released Friday by the Center for the Digital Future, at the USC Annenberg School of Communications, finds that zero percent of Twitter users polled in the study would pay for Twitter. According to the study, it found that 49 percent of Internet users have used micro-blogging services like Twitter, but found that there was zero percent of users polled were willing to pay for such a service directly.

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Bio Roundup: BIO Diversity, Allogene IPO, CRISPR In Utero & More


Nearly four years after investors snapped up new shares of Juno Therapeutics in a $265 million IPO, cancer immunotherapy remains a hot ticket. Like Juno, Allogene Therapeutics just pulled in a massive IPO haul, nearly $300 million. And like Juno, Allogene is working with a live immune-cell treatment called CAR-T, but it is harvesting cells from anonymous donors instead of from the same patients slated to receive the therapy, which is Juno’s method.

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BIO Has Big Diversity Goals. Does It Have the Means to Reach Them?


Whether from embarrassing parties or sobering surveys, the biotech gender gap problem has made plenty of headlines the past couple years. The industry’s largest trade group, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), is trying to encourage its more than 1,000 member companies to do better.

Bio Roundup: Sage Postpartum Help, Biogen Bids Adu, Heart Beats & More


One group of people in dire need of medical relief got good news this week. The first drug for postpartum depression was approved. With its complicated logistics, side effects, and potential high cost, it won’t be for everyone who experiences the condition— 1 of every 9 U.S. women giving birth. But at least it’s an option.

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Often Advocates Of Faster FDA, Patient Groups Wary Of Trump Deregulation


In the biomedical world, perhaps the biggest question looming over President Donald Trump’s upcoming pick for Food and Drug Administration commissioner is how drastically that person will help roll back FDA regulations. Trump said at last week’s meeting in Washington D.C.,

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Bio Roundup: 2019 Trials, Pilgrim Price Chat, Pre-Xmas Sales & More


Before you fly off, or drive, or simply unplug, check out our preview of what could be next year’s top clinical studies; the tumult in big pharma’s on again-off again relationship with consumer healthcare; big names on the move in the nation’s capital; and a flurry of year-end deals. It’s beginning to look a lot like, well, the last roundup of the year, with plenty of news to pack in before our holiday breather.

Bio Roundup: Depression Drug Dashed, Peek at ASH, CRISPR Worry & More


Studies of CRISPR-Cas9 to treat human disease are about to start, too. This week, we reported on a new study that raises exactly that question. The gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 is opening up new research avenues all the time, such as giving drug developers a cheaper, faster way to knock out genes in tumor cells. But will our immune systems, already on alert for common infections by the bacteria that produce Cas9 proteins, reject medicines that use the gene-snipping scissors?

Bio Roundup: Bosley’s Editas Exit, Bridge Bucks, CRISPR Crime & More


In a week of big personnel moves, none was more surprising than Editas Medicine CEO Katrine Bosley’s departure. After guiding the CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing startup from scientific breakthrough toward the development of a potential cutting-edge medicine, slogging victoriously through a legendary patent fight , and reaching the cusp of an historic clinical trial , the well-traveled Bosley is cutting out, the company said Tuesday. Investors were not happy.

Acorda Takes Another Hit, Reports Patient Deaths in Parkinson’s Study


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15 For ’19: Key Clinical Data To Watch For Next Year (Part 1)


The unexpected success of a prescription-grade fish oil in a massive study could change how heart disease is treated. One study could lead to the first-ever treatment for a growing liver disease epidemic.

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Ionis Touts Phase 3 Win, But Safety Worries Cloud Nerve Drug Study


Two RNA-based drugs for the same disease, a rare, crippling nerve condition called familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) with no available treatments in the U.S., could soon be under an FDA review at the same time.

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Drugs OK’d To Hit Tumor Genes Still a Basket of One. Are More Coming?


One year ago, the FDA made biomedical history. A cancer drug, pembrolizumab (Keytruda), was approved to treat tumors with a specific genetic fingerprint regardless of their location in the body. It was the first tissue-agnostic approval of a cancer drug, and it was a big shift for the world’s most powerful drug regulator.

Possible Cures. Mystery Deaths. Daunting Costs. Can CAR-T Be Tamed?


It’s a struggle that comic-book fans know well. Ordinary people, bestowed with super powers from a spider bite or gamma rays, struggle to harness their own abilities. T cells, key soldiers of the immune system, are wrestling with new-found super powers, too.

BCMA Day: At ASH ‘18, Cell Therapies For Myeloma Take Center Stage


Take the results of a Phase 3 study just reported today at the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) yearly meeting in San Diego.

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Countering Cybersecurity Turnover: 57 Companies That Do It Best


What does it take to keep highly skilled cybersecurity employees? Salary and benefits are table-stakes.

Bio Roundup: Trump Health, Cholesterol Wars, 23andMe OK & More


Trump administration health officials were out on the stump this week, talking tough about drug prices and healthcare value, encouraging the private sector to take the lead but letting everyone know the federal government is willing to push. In the debate over high drug prices, arguably no class of drug has been punished more by insurers than the new cholesterol fighters called PCSK9 inhibitors. Two came to market in 2015, chalking up relatively meager sales for their owners.

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Salk Team Awarded 8-Year, $19.2M Grant for Alzheimer’s Research


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