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AMSBIO Expands Catalogue with New Range of Human Endothelial Progenitor Cells

24 November 2016: Abingdon, UK - Human endothelial progenitor cells are a primitive cell type. They are bone marrow derived cells with properties similar to embryonic angioblasts. Progenitor cells migrate into the blood stream and are able to differentiate into a variety of mature vascular endothelial cell types. EPC play an important role in both angiogenesis and vasculogenesis. Compared to specific mature types of endothelial cells such as HMVECs and HUVECs, human EPC are more suitable for cell-based screening of anti-cancer drugs. Endothelial progenitor cells also have an impact on aging and smoking-related diseases, thereby offering beneficial research and drug discovery use in these areas.

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PCI Clinical Services Announces Further Expansion of its Cryogenic Storage Capability

17 November 2016: Bridgend, UK & Philadelphia, USA – Bridgend increase followed by expansion at the Rockford Illinois site.  The leading pharmaceutical outsourcing services provider PCI Pharma Services (PCI) is extending its current Cryogenic storage capabilities to its Rockford, Illinois operations, complementing the specialised capability currently offered at its Bridgend, UK centre of excellence for Clinical Trial Services.

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Oxford Immunotec Ranked Among Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500™

16 November 2016: Oxford, UK & Marlborough, USA - Oxford Immunotec Global PLC, a global, high-growth diagnostics company focused on developing and commercialising proprietary tests for the management of underserved immune-regulated conditions today announced that it has been included in Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. Oxford Immunotec’s US subsidiary was ranked 353rd in the list of 500, based upon Deloitte’s assessment that the Company grew annual revenue 204 percent from fiscal year 2012 to 2015.

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Declan Haverty Joins Horton International (UK)

16 November 2016: Thame, UK - Horton International, Global Healthcare is pleased to announce that Declan Haverty has joined the UK arm of Horton International, the international Executive Search Organisation, as a Partner, where he will specialise in areas including pharmaceuticals and healthcare as well as IT/technology and business and professional services. Declan joins us from Informed Decision, a hybrid search practice delivering mid-to-senior level searches internationally for a range of clients across within the healthcare and life sciences arena and beyond, also providing his deep recruitment experience as hands-on interim Head of Recruitment again for a range of clients. Declan began his career with Price Waterhouse (now PwC) working across business sectors in technology management consultancy with a range of blue-chip corporate clients.  After seven years, with experience of professional internal recruitment, he then joined Goodman Graham, a boutique technology search and selection f ...

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Summit Enrolls Patients in the US into PhaseOut DMD, a Phase 2 Clinical Trial of Ezutromid

16 November 2016: Oxford, UK - Summit Therapeutics plc, the drug discovery and development company advancing therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy ('DMD') and Clostridium difficile infection, today announces that it has enrolled its first patients at trial sites in the US into PhaseOut DMD, a Phase 2 proof of concept clinical trial of ezutromid in patients with DMD.

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AMSBIO Announces a Suite of High Quality Proteins for Killer Cell Receptor Research

15 November 2016: Abingdon, UK - Killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs), are a family of type I transmembrane glycoproteins expressed on the plasma membrane of Natural Killer (NK) cells and a minority of T cells. They regulate the killing function of these cells by interacting with major histocompatibility (MHC) class I molecules, which are expressed on all nucleated cell types. KIR receptors can distinguish between MHC class I allelic variants, which allows them to detect virally infected cells or transformed cells.

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PCI Clinical Services to Share Expertise in Best Practice for Minimizing Time to Clinic

14 November 2016: Bridgend, UK & Philadelphia, USA – Leading pharmaceutical provider PCI Clinical Services, in partnership with Medicon Valley Alliance, will share its expertise at the upcoming Clinical Trial ‘Good Morning’ seminar: “Minimizing Time to Clinic by Maximizing Smart, Efficient Processes” (Copenhagen, November 22). The event will feature presentations from industry experts across a range of topics highlighting innovative practices to supply clinical trial medicines to the investigational sites. Samantha James, PCI’s Associate Director of Clinical Operations, will present on the topic of FastTrack Packing: Handling Adaptive Clinical Trial Designs and Maximizing Efficiencies.  James will discuss the use of advanced methodologies to create greater project flexibility, including FastTrack packaging and Just-in-Time logistical models. James stated: “As the complexity and competition surrounding clinical trials increases there is a growing need to ...

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An exceptional year for the PiR team

09 November 2016: St Ives, UK - 2016 has proven to be a phenomenal year of success and growth for the specialist life science recruitment company PiR. Team work, client engagement and an in-depth understanding of the market have resulted in PiR’s most exciting and rewarding year to date, as it continues to work with an outstanding array of companies in the innovative early stage life science space.

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Immunocore Presents Positive Monotherapy Data in Uveal Melanoma at the Society for Melanoma Research (SMR) 2016 Congress

09 November 2016: Oxford, UK - IMCgp100 demonstrates clear early evidence of monotherapy activity in patients with uveal melanoma - Pivotal Phase II clinical study on track to be initiated in first quarter 2017.  Immunocore Limited, a world-leading biotechnology company developing novel T cell receptor (TCR) based biological drugs to treat cancer, infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases, will present positive data from its Phase I clinical monotherapy trial in uveal melanoma (UM) of its lead product, IMCgp100, an ImmTAC (Immune mobilising monoclonal TCRs Against Cancer). These data demonstrate clear early evidence of monotherapy activity of IMCgp100 in patients with uveal melanoma and strengthens the data announced at ASCO 2016. Alexander Shoushtari MD, PhD, Medical Oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, will be giving an oral presentation at the Society for Melanoma Research (SMR) 2016 Congress at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts on 9th November, 2016 ...

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Symcel, TiKa Diagnostics and St. George’s University of London Form Partnership to Use calScreener™ in Anti Microbial Susceptibililty Testing

08 November 2016: Spånga, Sweden & London, UK - Symcel, the company behind the revolutionary cell-based assay tool for real-time cellular bioenergetic measurements, calScreener™, has partnered with TiKa Diagnostics and St. George’s University of London, for the use of its microcalorimetry technology in testing mycobacteria and for antimicrobial peptide (AMP) studies. The rapid detection of antimicrobial resistance is now crucial to maximize efforts in controlling the prevalence and spread of drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). Moreover, the development of novel agents, such as AMPs, able to combat superbugs and interfere with biofilm formation, has become a key necessity.

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