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Boehringer Ingelheim and DxS into companion diagnostics

02.06.2009

Ingelheim – Boehringer Ingelheim is to broaden its engagement in the field of companion diagnostics and has made an agreement with DxS from the UK for this purpose. The personalised Manchester-based medicine company will provide a companion diagnostic test kit for Boehringer Ingelheim's compound BIBW 2992 (Tovok^(TM)) to identify mutations of the EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) in patients with non small cell lung cancer. As Boehringer said, clinical data suggest that BIBW 2992, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that acts by irreversibly blocking the EGFR /HER2 receptors, offers a marked increase in efficacy in comparison to standard treatments, for lung cancer patients carrying mutations in the EGFR gene. Under the terms of the agreement, DxS and Boehringer Ingelheim will work jointly to make a suitable companion diagnostic test kit globally available, based on a real-time PCR assay, designed to detect the most common mutations in the EGFR gene. The kit has been developed and manufactured at DxS' UK head office and will be available later in the summer for Boehringer Ingelheim's global, multi-centre Phase III clinical trial for BIBW 2992. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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07.03.2012

The first of February marked a milestone for Leverkusen-based Bio­frontera AG in more ways than one. It was the first day that Ameluz, the firm’s first approved product, could be sold in German pharmacies. It was also the date...

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07.03.2012

Darmstadt – German pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck KGaA has set a downbeat tone for 2012. CEO Karl-Ludwig Kley said the recently launched cost-cutting programme and tough economic conditions will weigh on profits this...

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05.03.2012

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05.03.2012

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29.02.2012

Munich – Looking back with satisfaction and bent on a prize for good behaviour, German biopharmaceutical company Wilex AG reported yesterday on the fiscal year 2011 and outlined the shores in sight. The 2011 total revenue was...

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17.02.2012

Brussels – European cartilage researchers intensify their cooperation. The 'gristle network' comprises scientists from Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg. Its members plan to meet regularly to exchange views and information...

27.01.2012

Thousand Oaks/Munich - Bling bling for blinatumomab. It is a compliment for the European life sciences scene and sad news at the same time. Amgen Inc., the world's largest biotechnology company, agreed to buy Micromet Inc., an...

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20.01.2012

Martinsried - SHELTER is responsible for the fact that the stocks of 4SC behaved like a rodeo horse on Thursday. The shares rose in several stages up to 63%, only to settle at a mere 43% rise at the end of the day. SHELTER is a...

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17.01.2012

Ludwigshafen – BASF Plant Science GmbH, the agrochemistry and biotech arm of the world-largest chemistry company, thinks that it has outstayed its welcome in Europe. Over the next two years, most of the green biotechnology...

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10.01.2012

Munich - It is the accolade for Micromet. The German company, which is listed on the U.S. stock exchange, announced today that it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the renowned US...

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