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Alnylam elects Fanucci to board

December 9, 2010 5:36 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

RNAi-focused therapeutics firm Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. has elected Marsha H. Fanucci, former chief financial officer of fellow Cambridge-based biotechnology company Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc., to its board of directors.

Alere gets OK for $50M stock buyback

December 9, 2010 5:35 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

The board of directors at Waltham-based Alere Inc., the healthcare management company formerly known as Inverness Medical Innovations, has given it approval of a stock repurchase program for up to $50 million worth of its common or preferred stock.

Manufacturing Growth Forecasted for 2011

December 9, 2010 5:35 am | by Material Handling Industry of America | Comments

The U.S. manufacturing sector will grow in 2011, with manufacturing revenue increasing by 5.6% according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) semi-annual forecast released.The overall forecast projects optimism about the U.S. economy for 2011.

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VirtuoSaph® Plus Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting System from Terumo Continues the Advancement of the Minimally Invasive Technique for Coronary and Peripheral Artery Bypass Graft...

December 9, 2010 5:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 9, 2010 /- Terumo Cardiovascular Systems has announced the introduction of the VirtuoSaph® Plus Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting System following clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20041217/DEF008LOGO)...

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Osseon® Therapeutics Names Gary Coughlen, CPA as New Chief Financial Officer

December 9, 2010 5:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec. 9, 2010 /- Osseon Therapeutics, Inc. today named Mr. Gary Coughlen, CPA as the company's Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Coughlen was most recently the Chief Financial Officer of PolyRemedy, Inc., a private-equity medical device company focused...

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Aromatase Inhibitors Increased Risk of Heart Disease in Postmenopausal Women with Breast Cancer

December 9, 2010 5:34 am | by AACR | Comments

SAN ANTONIO - Postmenopausal women who take aromatase inhibitors as a treatment for breast cancer may be at an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease, according to the results of a meta-analysis.

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Obese Women with ER-positive/HER2-negative Breast Cancer Have Poorer Survival Rates

December 9, 2010 5:34 am | by AACR | Comments

SAN ANTONIO - Obesity was associated with worse overall and disease-free survival in women with operable breast cancer treated with adjuvant chemotherapy, but for the first time, researchers observed this finding in only a specific subset of patients – those with estrogen receptor...

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Estrogen Alone is Effective for Reducing Breast Cancer Risk

December 9, 2010 5:34 am | by AACR | Comments

SAN ANTONIO - While endogenous estrogen (i.e., estrogen produced by ovaries and by other tissues) does have a well-known carcinogenic impact, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) utilizing estrogen alone (the exogenous estrogen) provides a protective effect in reducing breast cancer risk,...

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PROTECT II Interim Results Demonstrate That Impella Is Not Superior to the Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump in Reducing Major Adverse Events in High Risk Patients Receiving Percutane...

December 9, 2010 5:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

MAHWAH, N.J., Dec. 9, 2010 /- MAQUET Cardiovascular, the leading distributor of intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABP) worldwide, learned that the PROTECT II clinical trial, sponsored by Abiomed, that compared the safety and effectiveness of the Impella percutaneous ventricular assist device...

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HeartWare International, Inc. Announces Concurrent Public Offerings of Convertible Senior Notes and Common Stock

December 9, 2010 5:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. and SYDNEY, Dec. 9, 2010 /- HeartWare International, Inc. (Nasdaq: HTWR, ASX: HIN) ("HeartWare") announced today its intention to offer, subject to market and other conditions, $100 million principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2017 (the "notes") pursuant to...

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New Subgroup Analysis of LUX-Lung 1 Trial Suggests Afatinib Increases Progression-Free Survival in Advanced Lung Cancer Patients More Likely to Have EGFR Mutations

December 9, 2010 5:32 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., Dec. 9, 2010 /- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that new data from a subgroup analysis of the phase IIb/III LUX-Lung 1 trial show that afatinib (BIBW 2992) reached a four-fold extension (4.4 months vs. 1.0 month for placebo) in progression-free...

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Cancer Treatment Centers' Oncology Information System Options Expand with New MOSAIQ Connectivity

December 9, 2010 5:31 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 2010 /- Customers using Elekta's MOSAIQ® oncology information system (OIS) experience success with seamless integration to Varian's TrueBeam ™ system for radiation therapy delivery. The MOSAIQ interface to this linear accelerator is the most recent example of...

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States Now Fund Majority of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

December 9, 2010 4:33 am | by Georgia Tech Institute of Technology | Comments

States, not the federal government, now fund the majority of human embryonic stem cell research conducted in the United States, according to a study by Aaron Levine in the journal Nature Biotechnology.  In addition, much of the research performed in the states could likely have been...

Clarient Launches Insight® Dx Mammostrat® Breast Cancer Recurrence Test

December 9, 2010 3:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Dec. 9, 2010 /- Clarient, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLRT ), a premier technology and services resource for pathologists, oncologists and the pharmaceutical industry, today announced the commercial launch of Mammostrat, a patented, novel test designed to help quantify the...

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Docs show Calif.'s worldwide execution drug search

December 9, 2010 1:45 am | by PAUL ELIAS - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The e-mail from one California prison official to another almost reads like something out of a spy novel: "May have a secret and important mission for you."Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation undersecretary Scott Kernan sent that message to assistant secretary Anthony Chaus on Sept....

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