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Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Big Pharma retreat from RNAi therapeutics continues

Tweet  On July 29, 2011, Merck announced that It was shutting down the San Francisco research laboratory that it had acquired as part of its $1.1 billion acquisition of therapeutic RNAi specialist company Sirna Therapeutics. This announcement was covered in a July 29, 2011 article in Xconomy, and in a news brief in the 4…

Vemurafenib (Plexxikon/Roche’s Zelboraf; PLX4032) approved by the FDA for advanced melanoma

Tweet    On August 17, 2011 the FDA announced that it had approved the oral targeted therapy vemurafenib (Daiichi Sankyo/Plexxikon/Roche’s Zelboraf; also known as PLX4032) for first-line treatment of metastatic and unresectable melanomas. The drug is indicated for use in patients whose tumors carry the BRAFV600E) mutation. Approximately 50% of melanoma patients have tumors that…

Development of personalized therapies for deadly women’s cancers

Tweet  Two recent research reports may point the way to developing more effective, personalized therapies for two deadly women’s cancers for which their are currently few treatment options–triple-negative breast cancer and ovarian cancer. The approach followed in both reports is to use gene expression analysis to stratify each of the two diseases into subtypes. Researchers…