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Five Prime hitches onto Bristol-Myers' blockbuster-in-waiting immunotherapy

Bristol-Myers Squibb has signed a deal with Five Prime Therapeutics to determine whether a combination of its star immuno-oncology contender and the biotech's antibody can make a difference in a range of cancers.

Amgen bails on a cancer contender that backfired in Phase III

Amgen is calling off all clinical studies on rilotumumab in advanced gastric cancer after a peek at Phase III data revealed that the drug was actually making matters worse for patients, further marring the value of the company's oncology pipeline.

Medidata and TransCelerate beat the drum for risk-based monitoring

Medidata and partner TransCelerate BioPharma, a nonprofit run by the world's largest drugmakers, are amplifying their call for clinical trial runners to embrace new technology, unveiling study results that support the adoption of risk-based monitoring.

Smartphone apps to assess mental health based on everyday behavior proliferating

Diagnostic smartphone apps are proliferating. No, these apps don't somehow turn the phone into a needle for drawing blood; instead they monitor stuff we take for granted, like talking or the movement of our eyes.

Cambrian raises $10M for DNA printing tech used by GSK

Proponents of DNA printing have heralded it as a way to do everything from bringing alien life back from Mars to delivering vaccines in the event of a pandemic. And the technology has attracted GlaxoSmithKline and Roche, both of which have taken an interest in Cambrian Genomics.

Novartis VC unit co-leads $53M investment in BioNano Genomics

BioNano Genomics has restocked its coffers to fund an assault on the genome analysis sector. The San Diego, CA-based genome mapping firm raised a $53 million war chest from Novartis' venture fund and other investors to accelerate uptake of its Irys DNA analysis device and accompanying software.

Indian startup develops low-cost, portable Dx for developing countries

Amid growing demand for portable, low-cost diagnostics, Indian startup Swasthya Slate is developing a device that could help reduce costs and improve outcomes for patients in developing countries.

Boston Scientific's Synergy Stent performs well in pivotal clinical trial

Boston Scientific's Synergy bioabsorbable polymer drug-eluting stent is on track for FDA approval after the successful Evolve II clinical trial, experts said, citing data released yesterday at the American Heart Association meeting in Chicago.

PATH chooses Mymetics for work on transmission-blocking malaria vaccine

With a brand-new $156 million Gates Foundation grant in hand, the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative has signed on Switzerland-based Mymetics to develop and produce virosome-based vaccine formulations for a malaria transmission-blocking vaccine candidate.

Illumina and bioMérieux to develop innovative sequencing system for infectious diseases

As the diagnostics industry explores innovative ways to monitor and contain bacterial infections, Illumina is joining forces with French diagnostic outfit bioMérieux to develop a next-generation sequencing system that can identify infectious bacteria in service labs and hospitals.