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OBN Appoints Three New Directors to Enhance Board Expertise

10 October 2016: Abingdon, UK - OBN, the membership organisation supporting the UK’s innovative life sciences companies, announced today that it had appointed Mark Anderson, Brian Hargreaves and Ross Sommerville to its Board of Directors. Between them they add considerable sector experience to the Board, bringing legal, investment, commercial and general management expertise. OBN also announced that due to the demands of their respective roles outside of OBN, Stewart Sharpe and Steven Lee have stepped down from the Board.

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OBN Awards 2016 – Winners Recognised at Industry Leading Event

07 October 2016: Abingdon, UK – OBN Ltd, the membership organisation supporting the UK’s innovative life sciences companies, are delighted to announce the winners of the prestigious OBN Awards 2016 that were presented last night in front of a sold-out audience of over 250 leaders from Biotech, Medtech and Investment companies at the Town Hall in Oxford.

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Summit Presents Preclinical DMD Data at 21st Congress of World Muscle Society

06 October 2016: Oxford, UK - Summit Therapeutics plc, the drug discovery and development company advancing therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy ('DMD') and Clostridium difficile infection, announces the presentation of preclinical data at the 21st International Congress of the World Muscle Society, which is taking place in Granada, Spain from 4-8 October 2016.  The data include further findings from Summit's programme to develop tools to measure biomarkers of muscle health for use in patient clinical trials evaluating utrophin modulator therapies.

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Bio-start Confirms Sir Richard Sykes as Chair of Judging Panel

06 October 2016 / London, UK - SynbiCITE and Rainbow Seed Fund today announce that Sir Richard Sykes, Chairman of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Chairman of Imperial College Healthcare and Chancellor of Brunel University, will act as Chair of judges for the Bio-start competition judging panel in 2017.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Successfully Launches Science World Event in France

06 October 2016 / London, UK - SynbiCITE and Rainbow Seed Fund today announce that Sir Richard Sykes, Chairman of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Chairman of Imperial College Healthcare and Chancellor of Brunel University, will act as Chair of judges for the Bio-start competition judging panel in 2017.

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Karus Therapeutics Announces First Lymphoma Patients Dosed with KA2237 in Clinical Study at the MD Anderson Cancer Center

05 October 2016: Oxford, UK – Karus Therapeutics (‘Karus’), a leader in the development of innovative, orally-active medicines with breakthrough potential in the treatment of cancer, today announced that the first patients have been dosed in a Phase I study for its lead candidate, KA2237.

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Oxford Immunotec Announces Closing of $40 Million in Debt Financing

05 October 2016: Oxford, UK & Marlborough, USA - Oxford Immunotec Global PLC, a global, high-growth diagnostics company focused on developing and commercializing proprietary tests for the management of under-served immune-regulated conditions, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with MidCap Financial (“MidCap”) that provides the Company with $40 million in debt financing, comprised of both a term loan and a revolving line of credit.

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AMSBIO Launches Comprehensive Selection of Products for Wnt Signaling Research

05 October 2016: Abingdon, UK - AMSBIO has launched a comprehensive selection of products for Wnt signaling research including recombinant proteins, stable reporter cell lines, polyclonal antibodies and ELISA assay kits.

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Sarepta Therapeutics and Summit Enter into Exclusive License and Collaboration Agreement for European Rights to Summit's Utrophin Modulator Pipeline for the Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

04 October 2016: Oxford, UK & Cambridge, USA - Sarepta Therapeutics and Summit Therapeutics plc today announced that they have entered into an exclusive license and collaboration agreement granting Sarepta rights in Europe, as well as in Turkey and the Commonwealth of Independent States ('the licensed territory'), to Summit's utrophin modulator pipeline, including its lead clinical candidate, ezutromid, for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy ('DMD'). As part of the agreement, Sarepta also obtains an option to license Latin American rights to Summit's utrophin modulator pipeline. Summit retains commercialization rights in all other countries.

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Healx Secures £1.5m from Amadeus Capital and Investors to Combat Rare Diseases

04 October 2016: Cambridge, UK – Healx, an innovative British healthcare company that seeks new uses for existing drugs in the fight against rare diseases has secured an early-stage investment from Amadeus Capital Partners, the global technology investor. Amadeus Capital is investing in a £1.5 million Series A round, alongside renowned healthcare entrepreneur, Jonathan Milner. Board members include bio-tech entrepreneur, Darrin Disley, and drug development leader, David Brown, co-inventor of Viagra.

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