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From SCRIP Intelligence: Complementary strategies: Scripps, Johnson & Johnson collaborate

The Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center in California is the first collaborator under Scripps Advance, an initiative created by The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in San Diego to translate academic discoveries into commercial therapies.

It looks like a match made in biotechnology heaven: Scripps wants to negotiate more specific agreements with pharma and biotech partners, and J&J's Innovation Centers are looking for early-stage research that complement the company's pipeline priorities. TSRI hopes to negotiate up to four collaborations under Scripps Advance and J&J isn't asking the institute to exclude the company's competitors from the initiative.

"Our number one priority is to deliver for our existing partner," TSRI vice president of business development Scott Forest told Scrip. "Number two is negotiating collaborations with two or three additional partners."

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From SCRIP Intelligence: PhRMA 2014: Biopharma's Challenges Enormous, But Prospects Tremendous

As the population ages and the rates of patients with metabolic diseases, cancer and Alzheimer's increases, there's a tsunami of healthcare costs looming, "which has the real potential to destabilize economies all over the world," said Robert J Hugin, chairman and CEO of Celgene, who also serves at the chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

"These are probably the most challenging times in healthcare in American that has ever been," Mr Hugin said on 9 April in opening PhRMA's 2014 annual meeting, which is being held over three days in Washington.

But even in the current difficult times, he also emphasized there's "a tangible feeling of tremendous promise."

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UC San Diego's Rady School of Management Announces TriNet Challenge Winners

The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego announces the winners of the Triton Innovation Network (TriNet) Challenge, a business competition aimed at fostering creativity and translation of new ideas and discoveries to market. SymbiO2, a Rady StartR Accelerator team, represented  by Anil Sadarangani (Rady 2015 Flex Evening) and Andres Volker (Rady 2013 Flex Evening), won the $6,000 first place prize in the Technology Venture track.

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La Jolla Institute Discovers New Mechanism for Unleashing Immune System Against Cancer

Finding Could Lead to New Tumor Immunotherapy Targeting Pivotal CTLA-4 Protein

SAN DIEGO – (April 7th, 2014) A major discovery that brings a new drug target to the increasingly exciting landscape of cancer immunotherapy was published yesterday by researchers from La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology and their collaborators from other institutes.  

The study, led by Amnon Altman, Ph.D., and Kok-Fai Kong, Ph.D., is particularly noteworthy because it reveals a new way to block the function of CTLA-4, an immune inhibitory checkpoint receptor already generating huge interest in the pharmaceutical and research communities due to its potential in fighting cancer.  An antibody that blocks CTLA-4 is already in use for advanced melanoma.


Bonnie Ward


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The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego to Host the Ambassadorial Roundtable’s 2014 World Diplomatic Forum

The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego will host the Ambassadorial Roundtable’s 2014 World Diplomatic Forum conference on May 8th and 9th. This two-day event brings together over 200 international diplomats and business leaders to collaborate on key global issues. The conference will provide an open, non-partisan venue in which the international diplomatic community, business organizations and academia can work together to form valuable business networks and achieve critical, development goals sought by the international community.

International and local leaders will collaborate towards advancements in international cybersecurity, healthcare, banking, defense/diplomacy, education, tourism, cleantech and bio-pharma. Over 15 notable global ambassadors including, Nathalie Cely Suárez, Ambassador of Ecuador, Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran, Ambassador of Jordan, Dennis Hays, U.S. Ambassador and Said Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan will attend the conference. Over 10 leaders from academia, business and specialty fields including Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor, University of California San Diego, Joe Panetta, BIOCOM Chairman and Eduardo Orenes, Spanish Navy (Lieutenant) will also be in attendance.

The Ambassadorial Roundtable is an organization which connects international diplomacy with investment capital, business, academia and government while providing access to high level foreign government officials. They aim to create a welcoming atmosphere in which open and efficient lines of communication can lead to vast opportunities and collaborative efforts between established and emerging powers.

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