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Start-Up Spotlight: XEPTAGEN

Posted on March 10th, 2017 by in Pharma R&D

Half the battle of treating a disease is to first diagnose it in a timely manner. XEPTAGEN, based in Venice, Italy, aims to develop effective, inexpensive tests to diagnose cancer and liver disease. Continue reading “Start-Up Spotlight: XEPTAGEN” »

Immune Checkpoints: New Promises in Cancer Treatment

Posted on October 26th, 2016 by in Pharma R&D

Cancer immunotherapy (especially checkpoint inhibitors) is hot in the cancer therapeutics world, but we are still learning about how best to use them and in which patients. The current explosion in new cancer immunotherapies relates to braking T-cell activation: checkpoint therapies. Continue reading “Immune Checkpoints: New Promises in Cancer Treatment” »

Women and minorities in clinical trials

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by in Pharma R&D

You are a female and/or a minority and concerned if you will respond to your medication. So you read the product label, asking yourself, “Do I see myself described as a patient in the drug testing trials?” Continue reading “Women and minorities in clinical trials” »

The Many Shapes and Colors of Biomarkers

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by in Pharma R&D

The future is biomarkers. This is an often-cited phrase you will have heard at drug development symposia and printed in articles. The line reminds me of the film, The Graduate, where Mr. McGuire tells young Benjamin that there is a “great future in in plastics.”  Biomarkers are the plastics for personalized medicine, Continue reading “The Many Shapes and Colors of Biomarkers” »

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