AstraZeneca has detailed the data from two of three studies of its late-stage combination program for lesinurad, a new drug for gout obtained in their $1.26 billion buyout of Ardea, which showed that the treatment hit the desired biomarker for blood levels of uric acid as promised--but added today that it failed to actually reduce the rate of painful flare-ups of the disease for patients in the study.
The busy partners at Atlas Venture have gathered together a $17 million Series A for their latest biotech creation: Quartet Medicine, which pairs together two scientific founders who have been exploring the frontiers of pain management. This is Atlas' fourth maiden round for one of their biotech launches in a little more than a week, with Cambridge, MA-based Quartet joining Unum, Raze and Bicycle in a rare streak of startups. And there are likely some more to come.
Virginia Tech researchers believe they've found a possible biomarker to help detect a rare genetic disease known as severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID, which leaves patients needing to avoid all human contact and breathe filtered air in order to survive.
German CRO Cenix BioScience has signed a deal with a BASF subsidiary to help ferret out new biomarkers, focusing on the growing field of metabolomics.
Drug developer Catalent is teaming up with biomarker outfit Minomic International to get a new prostate cancer treatment into the clinic, tapping its expertise in crafting targeted oncology treatments.
Medical device evaluation can only be as effective as the tools used to conduct the evaluation. The FDA has begun seeking applications for the Medical Device Development Tools Pilot Program to validate and review such tools in preparation for a final guidance on the topic.
A U.S. research team has made progress toward creating a biomarker blood test that can detect esophageal cancer on the early side, a major need in order to combat the lethal disease.
Google isn't just searching the Internet. The company will soon search the insides of people's bodies for new biomarkers by collecting their urine, blood, saliva and tears as part of its Baseline Study initiative.
Abcodia is throwing the doors open to its serum biobank, with plans to let researchers tap into the reservoir of patient samples for cardiovascular disease-related biomarker research.
U.K. diagnostics developer Cytox raised nearly $2.5 million in new funding to help expand work on the development of a viable Alzheimer's biomarker.