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    1. July 3, 2015

      UK gene therapy trial offers hope on cystic fibrosis

      A 25-year endeavour to treat cystic fibrosis by replacing a faulty gene in patients’ lungs has produced positive clinical...

    2. June 29, 2015

      Eli Lilly and Immunocore in cocktail collaboration against cancer

      Eli Lilly of the US is to expand its alliance with Immunocore of the UK in the latest example of pharmaceuticals companies...

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      Health systems around the world face rising demand from an ageing population. More eff...
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    1. June 28, 2015

      Geneticists’ quest for crisper prose in the book of life

      If the human genome is the book of life, then Crispr technology is its Microsoft Word. The cut-and-paste technique, invented...

    2. June 28, 2015

      Hopes rise for malaria vaccine as oil companies fund trials

      Two US oil companies are pouring millions of dollars into the trials of a promising malaria vaccine in Equatorial Guinea in...

    3. June 25, 2015

      UN-backed report warns against complacency in fight against Aids

      Peter Piot has spent much of the past year focused on Ebola — the virus he helped discover as a young Belgian microbiologist...

    4. June 25, 2015

      Johnson floats £10bn biotech fund for London

      Plans for a £10bn fund to boost investment in life sciences have been floated by Boris Johnson, London mayor, as part of a...

    5. June 23, 2015

      Progress in peanut allergy trials raises hopes

      Relief for people affected by peanut allergies could be on the way after breakthroughs by two companies leading the race for...

    6. June 22, 2015

      Human organ on microchip wins UK Design of the Year award

      The slightly unsettling, but entirely remarkable development, of a human organ on a microchip has won the Design Museum’s...

    7. June 17, 2015

      Society stands to be winner in the race for digital health

      Digital health looks like an idea whose time has come. The rise of digital technology has coincided with growing cost...

    8. June 17, 2015

      Demand for digital talent will change job market in healthcare

      The advent of digital healthcare will fuel the demand for specialised skills in the coming years. From managing electronic...

    9. June 15, 2015

      Quartet of GSK cast-off drugs soar to a combined value of $5bn

      Four drugs jettisoned by GlaxoSmithKline have soared to a combined value of about $5bn, raising questions over the UK...

    10. June 10, 2015

      South Korea pushes to be new force in pharmaceuticals

      In a brightly lit sealed room at Celltrion's headquarters near Seoul, a man in white overalls and a hairnet squats next to a...

    11. June 5, 2015

      Cancer treatment: Healing powers

      It felt more like a gathering of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs than a mainstream medical meeting. But the 30,000 delegates at...

    12. June 4, 2015

      How an online survey added years to my ‘ubble’ life

      Fantastic news. In just five minutes I have taken 15 years off my age. It was so easy. No exercise, no Pilates, no 10-week...

    13. June 4, 2015

      Online test claims to reveal chances of dying in next five years

      How many cars do you own? How fast do you walk? How many people live in your household? Have you had financial difficulties...

    14. June 3, 2015

      The unhealthily high price of cancer drugs

      If the worst happens, there is one comfort: this is the best time in history to contract cancer. You stand a better chance...

    15. June 3, 2015

      Anne Wojcicki, the freewheeling queen of home DNA testing

      Anne Wojcicki made a special effort to look smart when she addressed a US congressional panel on direct-to-consumer genetic...

    16. June 2, 2015

      The dilemmas thrown up by the war on cancer

      Developing a drug is an expensive endeavour. The cost of research, testing and development often runs into the billions....

    17. June 2, 2015

      AstraZeneca chief warns UK ‘falling behind’ in cancer care

      AstraZeneca’s chief executive has warned that the UK is “falling behind” in cancer care and questioned the government’s...

    18. May 29, 2015

      David Sackett, doctor, 1934-2015

      David Sackett was in his final year as a medical student at the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1959 when he was...

    19. May 26, 2015

      Pfizer and AstraZeneca: one year after deal that never was

      It is a year this week since Pfizer admitted defeat in its £69.4bn hostile pursuit of AstraZeneca. The factors that led the...

    20. May 26, 2015

      Boston-based life healthcare technology group seeks London IPO

      A Boston-based healthcare technology company whose board includes high-profile business leaders including Chris Viehbacher...

    21. May 19, 2015

      Circassia £275m fundraising signals revival of UK biotech sector

      When Circassia launched a £275m fundraising last week to finance two acquisitions, the Oxford-based drug developer advanced...

    22. May 17, 2015

      Big Pharma must lose its resistance to antibiotic research

      The sun has started shining at exactly the wrong time. When the weather warms, memories of winter recede. We forget not only...

    23. May 17, 2015

      Circassia lauds London for life-science investment

      London is opening up to investment in life sciences, according to the chief executive of Circassia, the anti-allergy...

    24. May 17, 2015

      The Botox initiation of Brent Saunders, Actavis chief executive

      “I was a little ambushed,” says Brent Saunders, recalling how he ended up having his face injected with Botox and other...

    25. May 14, 2015

      New drugs way to avoid an antibiotic apocalypse

      Microbiologists have been warning for years of a coming “antibiotic apocalypse”, in which drug-resistant superbugs turn...

    26. May 7, 2015

      US biotech group Verseon to list on Alternative Investment Market

      A Californian biotech company that uses computer algorithms to discover medicines will complete a £300m stock market listing...

    27. May 7, 2015

      Gates Foundation vows $75m to probe emerging world child deaths

      Bill Gates urged the international community to invest more in disease surveillance as his foundation committed $75m to set...

    28. May 4, 2015

      Chimps are not people but they deserve our respect and care

      In the last moments of her life, Pansy was lovingly tended by friends and relatives. They caressed her, clasped her hand,...

    29. 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,...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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