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GSK Joins UK–South African Effort to Target Non-communicable Diseases

By Casey McDonald. GSK will weigh in on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa with a £1m contribution and a commitment of internal R&D expertise supporting researchers from South African institutions, the company announced this month.
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Ebola Crisis Could Spur Broader R&D Efforts

Up until a few months ago, there was little industry interest or public support for developing vaccines and treatments to combat the Ebola virus. Now the rush is on to launch clinical trials of therapies with some potential effectiveness against the disease. The situation has also encouraged FDA and regulatory authorities to facilitate these efforts […]
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Healthcare Reform in China: A Doubled-Edge Sword for Foreign Firms?

The Chinese market is attractive to foreign investors for many reasons. It is the world’s third largest market for pharmaceuticals with annual sale of US$71 billion.  In fact, it is poised to become the second largest market in 2015 given that its annual growth rate of sales is between 15 and 20%, according to Yanzhong […]
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Drugmaker Trains “Diabetes Ambassadors” in Africa

German drugmaker Merck KGaA has begun the second year of its five-year project to provide diabetes management courses for medical and pharmacy students in African Universities. The Merck Capacity Advancement Program (CAP) will be provided at the Universities of Nairobi, Makerere, Uganda, and Namibia, before moving to Tanzania and Ghana. Merck is also offering every healthcare provider in […]
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Positive Results for Ebola Vaccine

Immunovaccine Inc., a clinical stage vaccine company, announced on Aug. 25 positive results for a vaccine formulated in its DepoVax technology in an Ebola virus challenge study performed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the NIH. In a preliminary study, four vaccinated cynomolgus macaque, which are particularly sensitive to the Ebola […]
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