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  1. April 13, 2014

    Drug groups step up race for hepatitis C treatments

    Drugmakers are stepping up the race for multibillion-dollar hepatitis C treatments after trial data showed how the disease...

  2. April 10, 2014

    Scientists say UK ministers wasted millions on flu medicine

    Scientists have accused the government of throwing more than £600m “down the drain” by stockpiling emergency flu treatments...

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  1. April 8, 2014

    Takeda and Eli Lilly fall foul of  jury in Actos trial

    For Mark Lanier, it was the biggest victory of his career as a plaintiff’s lawyer: a $9bn award for punitive damages against...

  2. April 8, 2014

    Boris Johnson launches MedCity to boost UK life sciences

    Boris Johnson says London and the southeast can become the world’s life sciences capital after launching a body to help the...

  3. April 3, 2014

    Ketamine shows ‘remarkable’ effect in treating depression

    Ketamine, a chemical used as an anaesthetic for horses and as an illegal party drug, can produce “remarkable changes” in...

  4. April 1, 2014

    Japanese scientist accused of fabricating stem-cell research

    A Japanese research institute has concluded that one of its scientists fabricated evidence in a highly touted stem-cell...

  5. March 27, 2014

    Synthetic life comes closer with artificial chromosome for yeast

    Synthetic life has come a step closer, with the creation of yeast that has an artificial chromosome – a package of genetic...

  6. March 25, 2014

    Investors brace for end of the biotech run

    When the long bull run in biotech stocks came to a shuddering halt last week, Wall Street looked south to Capitol Hill for...

  7. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Osborne seeks to boost UK’s scientific credentials

    George Osborne on Wednesday announced more than £220m of new money for science as he sought to stimulate growth through...

  8. March 19, 2014

    Medical device makers warn on tighter EU rules

    US medical device entrepreneurs who have relocated their businesses to Europe in search of a more favourable regulatory...

  9. March 14, 2014

    Japanese stem cell scientists prepare to withdraw research

    The Japanese scientists behind a potentially revolutionary new technique for producing stem cells are preparing to retract a...

  10. March 14, 2014

    Fast-track plan for serious illness medicines

    Drug companies have welcomed a move to accelerate the introduction of medicines for seriously ill patients as part of...

  11. March 6, 2014

    Technology companies eye health market

    When Google announced a venture last year to engage in “moon shot” thinking on health, wellbeing and ageing, it was mocked...

  12. March 4, 2014

    Roche chairman fears for R&D amid squeeze on investment

    Europe risks losing investment in research and development because of the reluctance of cash-strapped governments to pay for...

  13. February 28, 2014

    New enthusiasm for biotech

    A cure for cat allergies might not sound like the most promising starting point for the next stock market boom. Yet many in...

  14. February 27, 2014

    Horizon Discovery’s planned Aim float points to UK biotech pick-up

    A company that helps drugmakers research the genetic mutations that cause disease is to float in London, providing another...

  15. February 9, 2014

    US Biotech IPO fever stokes bubble fears

    The fastest start to a year for US biotech initial public offerings is stoking fears of a bubble amid concerns investors are...

  16. February 6, 2014

    Circassia to raise £175m in biggest UK biotech float in years

    An Oxford-based company, developing a cure for hay fever and cat allergies, is set to launch the biggest UK biotech float...

  17. February 3, 2014

    Merck agrees €20m deal to tap into Ablynx’s immunotherapy talent

    A biotech company that uses antibodies from llamas and alpacas to fight disease has struck a deal with Merck to help the US...

  18. January 30, 2014

    Privacy fears over NHS database in aid of medical research

    To advocates, it is a treasure trove of data that promises to advance medical science and improve the National Health...

  19. January 30, 2014

    Interest in healthcare ‘big data’ grows

    When Google announced last year that it was launching a medical venture called Calico, to do “moonshot thinking around...

  20. January 29, 2014

    Japan team discovers new technique to make stem cells

    Researchers in Japan have discovered a remarkably simple new way to make embryo-like stem cells: by exposing blood cells...

  21. January 28, 2014

    Medical advances at risk from attacks on patent system

    Advances in medical science risk being slowed by attacks on the global patent system, UK experts have warned, amid growing...

  22. January 16, 2014

    Oxford gene trial makes eye disease breakthrough

    Medical researchers in Oxford have partly reversed an inherited and previously untreatable eye disease through gene therapy....

  23. January 14, 2014

    Brussels rejects ‘anti science’ criticism from UK Conservatives

    Brussels has hit back at Conservative claims that “anti-science” EU policies are threatening to hold back the UK in medical...

  24. January 13, 2014

    Lung cancer blood test set to improve detection rate

    A simple blood test could greatly improve detection rates for lung cancer, according to research published on Monday,...

  25. January 6, 2014

    $540m cancer research gift boosts ‘crumbling’ US science

    Cancer research in the US, which is under pressure amid significant cuts in government investment, will get a big boost on...

  26. December 22, 2013

    France claims breakthrough with artificial human heart

    France has claimed a breakthrough in human organ technology with the first implant of an artificial heart designed to...

  27. December 9, 2013

    Ageing process differs vastly among animal species, study shows

    Animal species – including humans – age, reproduce and die following such staggeringly different patterns that there does...

  28. December 8, 2013

    New Affordable Care US health plans will exclude top hospitals

    Americans who are buying insurance plans over online exchanges, under what is known as Obamacare, will have limited access...

  29. November 19, 2013

    UK life sciences get shot in the arm

    In an empty field on the southern outskirts of Cambridge, Pascal Soriot is overseeing investment in an ambitious new complex...

  30. November 10, 2013

    Shire delivers fresh blow to UK life sciences

    As chief executive of Shire, Flemming Ornskov has to spend time in the UK talking to investors and employees, but he is just...

  31. October 7, 2013

    Trio shares Nobel for work on how cells move material

    Three scientists who discovered how cells transport material have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for physiology or...

  32. September 26, 2013

    Special cancer drug fund set to be renewed

    David Cameron is to announce the renewal of a special £200m annual budget to pay for expensive cancer drugs judged poor...

  33. September 18, 2013

    Study highlights scale of African doctors ‘brain drain’

    The number of African doctors working in the US soared by almost two-fifths over a decade, according to a study showing the...

  34. September 12, 2013

    Vaccine offers fresh hope for central African ‘meningitis belt’

    Use of a new vaccine in Chad has all but eliminated meningitis, according to a study that boosts the prospects for defeating...

  35. September 11, 2013

    Scientists create reprogrammable mouse in stem cell breakthrough

    Scientists in Spain have produced the world’s first embryonic stem cells within a live animal rather than in a laboratory...

  36. August 28, 2013

    Scientists create human ‘mini-brain’

    Biomedical scientists have turned human stem-cells into pea-sized mini-brains with a neural structure similar to the brain...

  37. August 11, 2013

    The world needs a plan to deal with a killer flu

    When I was five, I left Singapore with my family to move to the UK, travelling by boat for six weeks. Had I boarded with one...

  38. August 9, 2013

    Camels provide clue for transmission route of deadly virus

    Camels in Oman have been found to be widely infected by a virus similar to a lethal new disease that has killed dozens of...

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