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Biotech Briefing: Advancing Biotechs Forging Ahead With Breaking News Developments: Alliqua, OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, EnteroMedics, Unilife, Amarin
Date:12/4/2013

rcialize up to six anti-cancer stem cell (CSC) product candidates from OncoMed's biologics pipeline, including demcizumab (OMP-21M18, Anti-DLL4). OncoMed will control and conduct initial clinical studies at which point Celgene has an option to license worldwide rights to up to six novel anti-CSC therapeutic candidates. OncoMed retains global co-development and U.S. co-commercialization rights for five of the six anti-CSC product candidates with 50/50 U.S. profit sharing, and royalties to be received in other territories. Celgene will also have research, development and commercialization rights to small molecule compounds in an undisclosed cancer stem cell pathway.  

EnteroMedics Inc. (NASDAQ: ETRM) the developer of medical devices using neuroblocking technology to treat obesity, metabolic diseases and other gastrointestinal disorders, has announced 18 month efficacy and safety results from its 5 year ReCharge Pivotal Trial of VBLOC® vagal blocking therapy for the treatment of obesity.  Patients in the VBLOC group (n=117), achieved excess weight loss (EWL) of 25%, or 10% total body weight loss (TBL), compared to 12% EWL, or 4% TBL for sham control group patients (n=42). The 13% difference in EWL demonstrated statistical superiority over sham control (p < 0.001). In total, 54% of patients in the VBLOC group achieved at least 20% EWL and 41% achieved at least 25% EWL, compared to 26% and 17%, respectively, for the sham control group at the 18-month interval. Significantly, approximately 78% of the patients who reported for their 18-month visit remained under the clinical trial's randomized blind.   

Unilife Corporation (NASDAQ: UNIS) recently announced an agreement with Novartis to supply clinical products from one of its platforms of i
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