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Evotec AG announced that it has entered into a strategic alliance with PsychoGenics Inc. to provide integrated CNS drug discovery solutions to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. The two companies will work together in a seamless fashion to provide existing and new clients access to their complementary drug discovery platforms for the identification and development of new therapeutics to treat CNS disorders.

Amgen announced primary results of a pivotal Phase 3 trial ('147) demonstrating that XGEVA(TM) (denosumab) significantly increased bone metastasis-free survival for more than four months in men with castrate-resistant metastatic prostate cancer that has not yet spread to bone. Full results of the '147 study were presented for the first time today in a late-breaking plenary session at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Lycera Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company pioneering innovative approaches to developing novel oral medicines to treat autoimmune diseases, announced that it has entered into an exclusive research collaboration with Merck to discover, develop and commercialize small molecules that target T-helper 17 (Th17) cells, key mediators of inflammation. The collaboration will focus on developing drug candidates that have the potential to treat major autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis.

Shire plc, the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced the appointment of two senior Research & Development executives to its Specialty Pharmaceuticals business. Lawson Macartney, DVM, PhD, FRCPath, has been appointed Senior Vice President of the Emerging Business Unit and Mario Saltarelli, MD, PhD, has been named Senior Vice President of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs.

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