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Scientific program and workshops announced for The Cresset User Group Meeting, 29th – 30th June 2017, Cambridge, UK

Cresset announces full line-up for User Group Meeting.

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Summit Therapeutics plc: Phase 2 CoDIFy Trial Results Published in Lancet Infectious Diseases

Oxford, UK, 2 May 2017 - Summit Therapeutics plc (AIM: SUMM, NASDAQ: SMMT), the drug discovery and development company advancing therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and C. difficile infection ('CDI'), announces the online publication of results from the Company's Phase 2 clinical trial, called CoDIFy, in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. CoDIFy evaluated the Company's novel antibiotic for the treatment of CDI, ridinilazole, against standard of care, vancomycin. The results showed ridinilazole demonstrated substantial clinical benefit over vancomycin. This included ridinilazole achieving statistical superiority over vancomycin in sustained clinical response ('SCR'), a composite endpoint of cure at the end of treatment and no recurrence 30 days after treatment, a result which was driven by a large numerical reduction in infection recurrence.

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Neuro-Bio Ltd appoints Dr. Robert Haigh as Chief Operating Officer

Oxford, UK; 3rd May 2017 – Neuro-Bio Ltd, a UK-based early stage biopharmaceutical company focusing on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that it has appointed Dr. Robert Haigh as its new Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Haigh has more than 25 years of senior management and board level experience in pharmaceutical and biotech companies across Europe and the US. He joins Neuro-Bio from KalVista Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a company he co-founded in 2011 and where he served as COO before the company’s recent merger with Carbylan Therapeutics.

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Disruption is the new normal

We live in an age of change where technology is allowing markets to move with breathtaking speed. Radical disruption is now a given. Companies that fail to expect and embrace it are left behind. Global brands that have grown spectacularly in recent years – such as AirBnB and Uber – have come from nowhere to transform entire sectors with their revolutionary approaches. Their ability to innovate – in terms of both products and the business model – has provided food for thought and inspiration for CEOs in every sector, including those attending BioTrinity this week.

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Funding competition: biomedical catalyst 2017 round 2 late stage

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £12 million to develop innovative ideas that will help solve healthcare challenges.

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OBN Appoints New Non-Executive Director to Enhance Board Expertise

Abingdon, UK: OBN the membership organisation supporting the UK’s innovative life sciences companies, announces today the appointment of Bill Fleming to its Board of Directors, effective immediately

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Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc Announces Closing of $42 Million Registered Direct Offering

Philadelphia, USA and Oxford, UK:  Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc (“Adaptimmune”) (Nasdaq:ADAP), a leader in T-cell therapy to treat cancer, today announced the closing of its previously announced registered direct offering of its American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) following its entry into a definitive agreement with Matrix Capital Management Company, LP (“Matrix”) to purchase an aggregate of approximately US$42,000,000 of its ADSs. Adaptimmune sold 7,000,000 ADSs at a price of $6.00 per ADS.

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MGB Biopharma Closes $1 million Financing Round to Finance Manufacturing of MGB-BP-3 for Phase II Study in Clostridium difficile-Associated Disease (CDAD)

Glasgow, Scotland:  MGB Biopharma, a biopharmaceutical company developing a novel class of anti-infectives to address the major global problem of antibiotic resistance, announces today that it has raised $1.15 million in a financing round with existing investors.

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Heptares to receive US$12 million milestine payment from AstraZeneca

London, UK: AZD4635 (HTL-1071), a novel adenosine A2A receptor antagonist, reverses adenosine-mediated T-cell suppression and enhances anti-tumour immunity.  New preclinical results presented at AACR Annual Meeting

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Imanova receives £1m award from the MRC to develop early markers of dementia - the MIND-MAPS study

Following a £0.5m Medical Research Council (MRC) grant to implement new Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging tracers for mitochondrial dysfunction and synaptic loss, Imanova has been awarded an additional £1m of strategic funding from the MRC for clinical evaluation of this combination of tracers in Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease - Stage 1 of the MIND-MAPS (Molecular Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disease – Mitochondria, Associated Proteins & Synapses) programme. Kevin Cox, Imanova’s CEO, commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded strategic funding for the MIND-MAPS programme. We would like to thank the MRC and Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) for supporting the proposal and look forward to engaging more widely with the DPUK Imaging Network.” MIND-MAPS is a pre-competitive consortium between Imanova, AbbVie, the MRC, the Hamamatsu Photonics PET centre, drawing on the therapy area expertise of the DPUK members. The aim of the prog ...

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