The RSA Group, a leading Life Sciences executive search firm, announced today that Mark Johnson has joined the company as a Partner. Mark is a respected life sciences search professional with particular expertise in the cell and gene therapy sector.

Cambridge, UK, 04 February 2019: Avacta Group plc (AIM: AVCT), the developer of Affimer® biotherapeutics and reagents, is pleased to announce that ModernaTX, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNA) has exercised its option to enter into an exclusive licensing agreement with respect to certain Affimers against a potential therapeutic target that has been part of an ongoing research collaboration between the two companies.

Tokyo, Japan and London, UK, 4 February 2019 – Sosei Group Corporation (“the Company”; TSE: 4565), announces it has entered into a structured financing agreement1 with Medicxi, a venture fund dedicated to financing asset-centric companies, to form two independent companies, Orexia  Limited (“Orexia”) and Inexia  Limited (“Inexia”), that aim to develop novel therapies based on positive modulators of the G protein-coupled receptors Orexin OX1 and OX2 for neurological diseases.

PRINCETON, NJ – Jan. 29, 2019 – Certara®, the global leader in model-informed drug development, regulatory science, real-world evidence and market access services, today announced the launch of version 18 of its Simcyp® Population-based Simulator. 

“I am delighted to introduce Simcyp Simulator v18, which includes several major modeling and simulation advances to help improve the safety and efficacy of new drugs – both small molecules and biologics – under development,” said Certara’s Simcyp President and Managing Director Steve Toon, PhD.

Cambridge and London, UK, 29 January 2019: Metrion Biosciences Limited (Metrion), the specialist ion channel CRO and drug discovery company, and LifeArc, a leading UK medical research charity, today announced they have entered into a collaboration agreement for an ion channel drug discovery project in the field of neuroscience. The project aims to identify novel selective small molecule modulators of a specific ion channel target, which human patient gene association studies have identified as likely to be involved in neurological pathogenesis.

Cambridge, UK, 28 January 2019: Horizon Discovery Group plc (LSE: HZD) (“Horizon” or “the Group”), a global leader in gene editing and gene modulation technologies, today announces that it has entered into an exclusive strategic partnership with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (US), to develop and commercialise a novel gene editing technology, known as base editing. The technology potentially has applications in the development of new cell therapies and will augment Horizon’s research tools and services.

The pharma industry has changed dramatically in recent decades, not only in terms of the vast strides that have been made in science, but also in terms of the leadership landscape. In the 1970s, it was highly unlikely that a woman would be running one of the world’s largest pharma companies, and today we have Emma Walmsley at the helm of GlaxoSmithKline.

AMSBIO has added new experimental cell lines to its CAR T cell research range. 

Recent FDA approval of CAR T cells for treatment of leukemia and lymphoma has resulted in rapid growth in research on the therapeutic uses of such cells. The new AMSBIO experimental cell lines provide you with the power to screen antibodies and ligands against your target, enhancing your search for new CAR T therapies.

The AMR Centre has today welcomed the UK Government’s announcement of a new plan to cut inappropriate use of antibiotics and reduce drug resistant infections.

The national action plan, announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock at the World Economic Forum in Davos, sets out how the UK will achieve its new 20 year vision for a world in which AMR is contained and controlled by 2040, covering health, animals, the environment and the food chain.

Arecor Limited, the specialty pharmaceutical company leveraging its innovative and proprietary formulation technology to develop superior treatments for a range of disease areas, including diabetes, is pleased to announce that a feature profile by the highly regarded industry publication, SCRIP, is now available on the news section of the company’s website via the following link: