December 2013

Big Pharma Busted: Glaxo under Fire for Corrupt Compensation Policies

When our doctor prescribes a medicine, we assume the choice comes as a result of years of training and professional practice. We trust that the chosen drug is best suited…
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EU Bans Farm Animal Cloning and Sale of Cloned Meat

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? With global challenges of poverty and scarcity, it’s hard to imagine governments thinking twice about embracing new sources of…
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The New Flu Shots: Customized Options and Flexible Delivery Systems

Plummeting temperatures and icy sidewalks herald the arrival of flu season. More than just a runny nose and bothersome congestion, the flu assails its victims with fever, nausea, dizziness and…
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TB Vaccine Brings New Hope to Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Approximately 2.3 million people worldwide suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS). The disease develops when the nerves of the brain and the spinal cord are damaged by one’s own immune system….
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Gilead Releases Breakthrough Treatment for Hepatitis C

According to the Canadian Liver Foundation, there are approximately 170 million people worldwide who suffer from hepatitis C – and 300,000 of them live in Canada.  Known as the “silent…
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Small Start-ups Outpace Big Pharma in Cancer Drug Discovery

The Calistoga story Seattle-based Calistoga Pharmaceuticals began as a passion project. The small biotech start-up was the brain child of Roger Ulrich, a Big Pharma veteran with a 20 year…
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Big Pharma Drug Hunters Join Forces with Academic Researchers

GlaxoSmithKline has recently announced the winners of its first North American Discovery Fast Track competition. In a new kind of drug discovery partnership, the pharma giant offers entrants from Canada…
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Empathy, Awareness and Innovation: Big Pharma Marks World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day saw Big Pharma launch several new initiatives to raise awareness about diabetes and fund research on new treatments. Through 4 research grants, Bristol-Myers Squibb investigates the link between depression and diabetes, Abbott launches an empathy-building infographic, and several other industry giants collaborate to develop new drug therapies.

Outsourcing Pharmaceutical R&D: Risks and Rewards

Outsourcing is a popular and profitable strategy that allows large companies to contract out what they consider to be non-critical processes and services – something most of us associate with…
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