Cytheris SA, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on research and development of new therapies for immune modulation, the Centre Léon Bérard (Lyon), the major cancer research and treatment center for the Rhône-Alpes region of France, and ImmunID Technologies SAS (Grenoble), a diagnostic company specialized in innovative immunomonitoring tests and services, today announced initiation of a Phase IIa clinical trial that will evaluate multiple combinations of recombinant human interleukin-7 (CYT107), the investigational multifunctional cytokine under development by Cytheris, and a chemotherapeutic agent, XELODA (R) (capecitabine, Roche/Genentech), in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.


Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved linagliptin tablets, a prescription medication used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. 1 The FDA has approved linagliptin as a monotherapy or in combination with other commonly prescribed medications for type 2 diabetes—such as metformin, sulphonylurea and pioglitazone — to reduce haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c or A1c) levels by a mean of up to -0.7 percent (compared to placebo). 2 HbA1c is measured in people with diabetes to provide an index of blood sugar control for the previous two to three months. It is used as a marker of efficacy of antihyperglycaemic therapies.

Biogen Idec announced that the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has issued a positive opinion recommending the approval of AVONEX(R) PEN(TM) for patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) and patients with a single demyelinating event. The CHMP recommendation provides the basis for a European Commission licensing decision, which is expected within 75 days from the opinion. The company also announced an authorisation for AVONEX PEN from Health Canada.


Allosteric modulation company Addex Pharmaceuticals (SIX:ADXN) announced today the initiation of a Phase IIa clinical trial to evaluate dipraglurant in patients with Parkinson’s disease levodopa-induced dyskinesia (PD-LID), a debilitating movement disorder caused by long-term treatment with levodopa, the gold standard therapy for Parkinson’s disease. The U.S. and European study is supported in part by a grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research. Results are expected to be announced during the first half of 2012.


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