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    1. April 13, 2015

      Biotech: Making sense of the science

      It was supposed to be a wonder drug. Provenge promised to turn the body’s immune system into a weapon against disease,...

    2. April 10, 2015

      Oncology: cancer checkpoint

      The emergence of immunotherapy — unleashing a patient’s immune system to fight cancer — is the most exciting development in...

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    1. April 8, 2015

      UN envoy upbeat on progress against Ebola

      An end to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone is within sight but the outbreak is volatile in Guinea and all...

    2. April 8, 2015

      Fund boosts Wales biotech sector

      A £100m plan to build the UK’s first three proton beam therapy centres not only heralds a breakthrough in cancer care, but...

    3. April 7, 2015

      Big pharma turns to small biotechs for edge in cancer treatment

      Partnerships between big pharma and small biotech companies have highlighted the scramble for assets in a new category of...

    4. April 5, 2015

      UK reprieve for three cancer drugs

      Three cancer drugs that were supposed to be removed from the National Health Service on cost grounds have been granted a...

    5. April 3, 2015

      Investors back £100m plan for UK proton-beam cancer centres

      Two of Britain’s best-known life-science investors are backing a £100m plan to build three proton-beam cancer treatment...

    6. March 27, 2015

      Fears raised over reliability of pilots’ mental health screening

      The Germanwings co-pilot at the controls of the airliner that crashed in the French Alps was unfit for work, according to...

    7. March 26, 2015

      Drugs companies unite to mine genetic data

      Several of the world’s biggest pharmaceuticals companies have formed a partnership with Genomics England in the first step...

    8. March 24, 2015

      The true value of a life is not about the pharmaceutical costs

      The business model of the pharmaceutical industry has been based on drugs that alleviate the chronic diseases of the...

    9. March 20, 2015

      New study points to link between weedkiller glyphosate and cancer

      The World Health Organisation’s cancer agency has declared the world’s most widely used weedkiller a “probable carcinogen”...

    10. March 17, 2015

      Dementia research boosted by $100m venture capital fund

      Research into dementia is to be boosted by a $100m venture capital fund backed by the UK government and several of the...

    11. March 9, 2015

      Beetroot for better exercise and lower hypertension

      If you peruse any magazine devoted to sports such as running, cycling or weightlifting, it soon becomes clear that the...

    12. February 24, 2015

      UK passes legislation to allow three-parent babies

      Britain has become the first country to pass legislation permitting the creation of babies with DNA from three people. As...

    13. February 16, 2015

      Chinese innovation: BGI’s code for success

      In 2010, Bill Gates visited an unremarkable building in an industrial estate on the outskirts of Shenzhen, China. With row...

    14. February 16, 2015

      Healthcare prevention holds the key

      When smokers who had become pregnant checked in with one of Glasgow’s maternity clinics two years ago, doctors made them an...

    15. February 16, 2015

      Regulators streamline drug approvals

      To battle-scarred veterans of the pharmaceuticals industry, regulators can sometimes seem to be the enemies of innovation....

    16. February 16, 2015

      Biotech start-ups look to crowd funding

      For young biotech companies starting on the long journey of drug discovery and development, cracking the science can be the...

    17. February 10, 2015

      Healthcare: The race to cure rising drug costs

      Since contracting hepatitis C 25 years ago, Lucinda Porter’s biggest fear has been that she would infect someone else with...

    18. February 8, 2015

      Biotech company hits crowdfunding record for life sciences

      A Welsh biotech company founded by a Nobel laureate has claimed a UK record for crowdfunding in the life sciences sector...

    19. February 3, 2015

      MPs vote in favour of three parent babies

      Babies with DNA from three people could be born in Britain as soon as next year after MPs voted in favour of the...

    20. February 2, 2015

      Big pharmaceuticals groups faces biosimilars challenge

      Global pharmaceuticals companies have seen an improvement in their drugs pipelines but the industry is facing a fresh...

    21. February 1, 2015

      Carl Djerassi, chemist and father of contraceptive pill, 1923-2015

      Carl Djerassi, sometimes known as “the father of the contraceptive pill” and one of the most creative chemists of the last...

    22. January 25, 2015

      Novo Nordisk to launch weight-loss drug

      Novo Nordisk is preparing a big push behind a new weight-loss treatment that it believes can overcome the reluctance of...

    23. January 25, 2015

      Davos 2015: Scientists call for changes to speed up cancer drugs

      Radical changes are needed to the way new cancer drugs are developed and regulated if societies are to cope with rising...

    24. January 22, 2015

      US investors double down on biotech bets

      Investors in US equities confronted with a volatile market so far this month are returning to one of their favoured trades...

    25. January 18, 2015

      Gilead and AbbVie take hepatitis C battle to Europe

      Europe is to become the next battleground between Gilead Sciences and AbbVie in their scramble to win share of the...

    26. January 15, 2015

      Healthcare: Counting the cost of cancer

      Anne Strange was too ill to dance at the evening reception when her daughter, Debbie, married in November but just being...

    27. January 13, 2015

      Fluidic Analytics develops tools to warn of diseases

      Imagine if a simple pinprick blood test could tell if you were in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or heart disease. This is...

    28. January 7, 2015

      Scientists hail antibiotic to foil resistance

      An international public-private collaboration has come up with a promising antibiotic, to which bacteria are unlikely to...

    29. January 6, 2015

      FDA paves way for biosimilar drug approval

      The US pharmaceuticals watchdog has published a bullish assessment of a copycat biotech drug, paving the way for it to...

    30. January 1, 2015

      Pharma: A blueprint for health?

      Three days before Christmas, as most of the US government slowed down for the holidays, regulators at the Food and Drug...

    31. December 22, 2014

      NHS launches genetic sequencing centres to develop treatments

      The National Health Service has launched centres that will discover the genetic sequence of 100,000 patients with rare...

    32. December 18, 2014

      European judgment opens way for stem-cell patents

      Europe’s top court has cleared the way for companies to widen their intellectual property claims on stem-cell research after...

    33. December 17, 2014

      Juno Therapeutics vies for cancer treatment lead

      When Juno Therapeutics lists on Nasdaq on Friday, it will be one of the biggest events in a big year for the buoyant US...

    34. December 17, 2014

      Trials show ecigarettes help smokers to quit

      Electronic cigarettes help smokers stop or cut down on their tobacco consumption without causing harmful side-effects, a...

    35. December 17, 2014

      UK project uses children’s genetic code to diagnose disease

      A project to diagnose rare diseases in children from their genetic code is under way in the UK. Researchers behind the...

    36. December 11, 2014

      Drug resistance to cost $100tn by 2050, study finds

      Without global action, drug resistant infections will cause 10m deaths a year worldwide by 2050 — more than cancer — and...

    37. December 9, 2014

      Russian billionaire to return $4.1m Nobel medal to James Watson

      Alisher Usmanov, the Russian billionaire, placed the winning $4.1m bid for James Watson’s Nobel Prize medal and will hand it...

    38. December 8, 2014

      Old drugs put under the microscope

      Seven of the world’s biggest drugmakers will invite UK researchers to take a second look at experimental medicines that...

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