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Developed by Alizyme, a specialist biopharmaceutical company in collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceutical, cetilistat (ATL-962) is an experimental treatment for obesity. Cetilistat restricts pancreatic lipases and acts as an agent to treat obesity and related diabetes or dyslipidemia.

After discovering a potential molecular "target" for leukemia, Australian researchers say a drug to fight the disease is "in their sights," although it is still very early days. Writing in the journal Blood, they describe how the interaction of two proteins - Myb and p300 - appears to be essential to the development of acute myeloid leukemia.

Adocia (Euronext Paris: FR0011184241 - ADOC) announces positive results from a phase IIa clinical trial evaluating its innovative ultra-fast formulation of insulin Lispro in comparison to Eli Lilly’s Humalog(R) commercial insulin. Adocia’s formulation incorporates proprietary BioChaperone(R) technology which enables accelerated absorption of prandial insulins. Humalog, which is now off-patent, has annual sales of USD 2.6 billion .

A recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) examined the future of pharma and revealed essential technological and IT strategies. Developments in manufacturing, research and development (R&D), and IT will shape the future of pharma, as Ingrid Maes of PwC elaborates.

Trophos and AFM-Telethon (The French Muscular Dystrophy Association) today announce that data from the pivotal clinical trial of Trophos’ lead product candidate olesoxime in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) will be presented during the 66th American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting to be held in Philadelphia, PA, USA, from April 26 to May 3 2014.

Immune cells undergo 'spontaneous' changes on a daily basis that could lead to cancers if not for the diligent surveillance of our immune system, Melbourne scientists have found. The research team from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute found that the immune system was responsible for eliminating potentially cancerous immune B cells in their early stages, before they developed into B-cell lymphomas (also known as non-Hodgkin's lymphomas). The results of the study were published in the journal Nature Medicine.

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