Policy makers of MPs visit Leiden Bio Science Park

Published : Tuesday, January 13, 2015

On Monday, January 12th policy makers of MPs on the Economic Affairs committee visited Leiden Bio Science Park. With presentations and tours at Astellas, Ocello and OctoPlus the policy makers got a good impression of innovative life science activities at the park.

New study explains synergy between cancer vaccine ISA101 and chemotherapy

Published : Thursday, January 8, 2015

ISA Pharmaceuticals B.V., a clinical-stage immunotherapy company focusing on rationally designed immunotherapeutics against cancer and persistent viral infections, has announced new findings on the synergy between its synthetic long peptide (SLP®) cancer vaccine and chemotherapeutics. Data published in Clinical Cancer Research* demonstrate that combined chemo-immunotherapy leads to superior T cell-mediated tumor eradication in the absence of T cell immunosuppression.

Pharming and Salix announce first patient treated In clinical study of Ruconest® for prophylaxis of hereditary angioedema

Published : Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pharming Group NV and Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. announced that the first patient was treated in their Phase 2 clinical study of Ruconest®, (C1 Esterase Inhibitor [Recombinant]) 50 IU/kg, for prophylaxis in patients with hereditary angioedema (HAE).

Galapagos starts Phase 2 trial with GLPG1205 in ulcerative colitis patients

Published : Thursday, January 8, 2015

Galapagos NV announced it has initiated a Phase 2 Proof-of-Concept study in ulcerative colitis with GPR84 inhibitor GLPG1205, a potential novel treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. GLPG1205 arises from Galapagos' target discovery platform and is fully proprietary to Galapagos.

Johnson & Johnson announces start of Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Ebola vaccine regimen

Published : Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Johnson & Johnson announced the start of a Phase 1, first-in-human clinical trial of a preventive Ebola vaccine in development at its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. The trial is being led by the Oxford Vaccine Group, part of the University of Oxford Department of Paediatrics. Recruitment in the trial is underway, and the first volunteers have received their initial vaccine dose. Enrollment is expected to be completed by the end of January.

Naturalis buys T. rex

Published : Saturday, December 20, 2014

The skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex comes to the Netherlands and will be admired at Naturalis. The required € 5 million for the purchase and preparation of the skeleton gathered Naturalis last year. More than 23,000 donors of  ‘Tientje voor T. Rex’ donated one or more 10 euro biljets. Naturalis thanks everyone who made the buy of the T.rex possible.
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Galapagos initiates first Phase 1 study in cystic fibrosis and will receive milestone payment from AbbVie

Published : Friday, December 19, 2014

Galapagos NV announces the initiation of the first Phase 1 study with GLPG1837. This novel potentiator is designed as a CFTR targeted therapy for cystic fibrosis (CF) patients who carry class III/IV mutations (e.g., G551D). In combination with corrector GLPG2222, this potentiator will also be developed for patients affected by the F508del mutation, the most prevalent mutation in CF patients. This achievement triggers a milestone payment of $10 million from AbbVie.

Galapagos regains full rights to GPR84 inhibitor GLPG1205

Published : Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Galapagos NV announced it has agreed with Janssen Pharmaceutica NV that Galapagos will regain full and unencumbered rights to the entire GPR84 program going forward, which includes the inhibitor GLPG1205 and its backup compound GLPG2196.  No further details were disclosed.

Galapagos selects second component of its investigational cystic fibrosis combination treatment

Published : Friday, December 12, 2014

Galapagos NV announced that it nominated a first pre-clinical candidate corrector GLPG2222 for clinical development in its cystic fibrosis (CF) program. This corrector, in combination with GLPG1837, forms the core of Galapagos' future combination therapy for the most common mutation in cystic fibrosis. The Galapagos combination has shown higher efficacy in pre-clinical studies than other therapies currently under clinical development.

Joris Slaets joins managing board of Leyden Academy

Published : Thursday, December 11, 2014

During the symposium The Longevity Revolution it was announced that prof. dr. Joris Slaets, Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University Medical Center Groningen, will join the board of Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing. He replaces prof. dr. Rudi Westendorp who will start as Professor of Medicine at Old Age at the University of Copenhagen on January 1.
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InnoLife-consortium winning bid of KIC Health

Published : Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Medical Delta the Co-Location Centre for the Netherlands and Belgium InnoLife, a consortium of 144 European companies, research institutes and universities, has been selected by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) as the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for EIT Health. With a total volume of EUR 2.1 billion it is one of the largest public funded initiatives for health worldwide.

New Year’s reception Leiden Bio Science Park

Published : Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thursday 22 January 2015 the second edition of Leiden Bio Science Park New Year’s reception will take place in ‘De Stal’, Darwinweg 1, Leiden. People working at Leiden Bio Science Park are invited to join. The reception starts at 18.00, following the Life Sciences Café, and ends at 22.30 at the latest. Registration is required!

Leiden Bio Science Park foundation closed due to Christmas holiday

Published : Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Leiden Bio Science Park foundation wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy new year! Due to Christmas holiday, our office will be closed from the 19 December 2014 until 5 January 2015.

New licensing opportunities from Leiden University and LUMC

Published : Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) are seeking commercial partners for collaborative development or licensing on a number of innovative technologies. Luris is the Knowledge Exchange office for both organisations. Luris represents the interests of academics while at the same time helping societal partners, industry and users of Leiden research and technology to become more successful and enhance Leiden’s impact on the world.

Bio Europe 2014 Frankfurt

Published : Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Leiden Bio Science Park was present at Bio Europe Frankfurt 2014, the largest Life Sciences conference in Europe, together with Innovation Quarter. Also leading biotech companies for Leiden Bio Science Park were present including Galapagos, BBB Therapeutics, Proteonic, Sinensis and many others.

Prosensa wins Scrip 'Biotech Company of the Year' 2014 Award

Published : Monday, December 8, 2014

Prosensa Holding N.V., the biopharmaceutical company focusing on RNA-modulating therapeutics for rare diseases with a high unmet medical need, is delighted to have won the Scrip 'Biotech Company of the Year' Award for 2014.

Hayabusa2 with cosine sensors on the MASCOT lander successfully launched

Published : Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December 2 the Hayabusa2 spacecraft has been successfully launched. Hayabusa2 is now on its way to asteroid 1999 JU3 and is expected to arrive in 2018, and will then send its Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) to the surface. The spacecraft is reported to operate nominally, so we look forward to seeing our sensors in action during the landing in 4 years from now!

TNO companies and InnoSer announced collaboration in facilitating biomedical research in Leiden

Published : Thursday, November 27, 2014

TNO companies and InnoSer announced a collaboration in facilitating biomedical research in Leiden, involving GA in vivo models, pre-clinical studies and contract research activities.

Publication in Nature supports ISA Pharmaceuticals´ synthetic long peptide immunotherapeutic approach to treat cancer

Published : Thursday, November 27, 2014

ISA Pharmaceuticals B.V., a clinical-stage immunotherapy company focusing on rationally designed immunotherapeutics against cancer and persistent viral infections, announced that a recent scientific paper in Nature supports the company´s therapeutic approach to using synthetic long peptides in cancer therapy. It could be shown that personalized SLP® immunotherapy is as capable of inducing efficient tumor eradication as are T cell checkpoint inhibitors such as anti-PD-1 and anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibodies.

Prosensa to be acquired by BioMarin

Published : Monday, November 24, 2014

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. and Prosensa Holding N.V. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement in which BioMarin will offer to purchase all of the outstanding ordinary shares of Prosensa for $17.75 per share, for a total up front consideration of approximately $680 million. In addition, two approximately $80 million contingent milestones are payable for the approval of drisapersen in the U.S. no later than May 15, 2016 and Europe no later than February 15, 2017, respectively.

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