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Health Care

Princeton’s Advaxis feels building solutions for multiple cancer types is a key to finding a cure

Women suffering from breast cancer. The two diseases may appear unrelated, but the Princeton-based biotech company Advaxis Inc. is eager to exploit the connection: Dogs with bone cancer express the same antigen — a harmful substance that causes the body to produce antibodies — as women with certain forms of breast cancer. Encouraging data with ...

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CommVault anchoring Fort Monmouth project

The Oceanport-based software company is inching closer to opening its new Tinton Falls location, a 55-acre campus that will house headquarters about triple the size of its current home. The transition, expected to begin later this year, can’t start soon enough for CommVault, which executives say is bursting out of its existing Crescent Place facility. ...

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Empowered to fight

The newfound optimism stems from clinical results showing improved survival rates among patients receiving immunotherapy, fueling hope that cancer can become more manageable and less of a death sentence. That someday there could be a cure. “It is the hottest area of cancer research today,” said Daniel O’Connor, the CEO of Advaxis, a company we ...

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Quest Diagnostics to form research partnership with UC San Francisco

Initial areas will focus on autism, oncology, neurology and women’s wealth, according to a news release from both organizations. They say the idea is to combine the academic expertise of UCSF with Quest’s national testing database and clinical resources. Scientists from both organizations will conduct joint research and develop products focused on improving precision medicine, ...

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Amneal Pharmaceuticals appoints new CFO

According to the announcement, Fuhrmann was most recently senior vice president for finance at Warner Chilcott plc. She was responsible for the oversight and direction of the finance and accounting functions including corporate accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, risk management, and internal audit as well as investor relations. Stay informed: Subscribe to free ...

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Forest Laboratories acquires Aptalis for $2.9B

Forest Laboratories will acquire Aptalis from its private equity owner, TPG, pending required reviews by antitrust authorities. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2014. Aptalis CEO Frank Verweil said in a statement that the company has grown under TPG’s ownership though internal product development and acquisitions, “and now our new, ...

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Pappajohn named new chairman of Cancer Genetics

Cancer Genetics said Pappajohn has been involved with more than 100 start-up companies, 50 initial public offerings, and served as a director for more than 40 public companies, many in bioscience and health-related industries.“My personal goal for CGI is to help the company become the world leader in DNA-based diagnostics,” Pappajohn, a shareholder of Cancer ...

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Soligenix appoints chief medical officer

According to the announcement, Straube is a board-certified pediatrician with clinical research experience in host-response modulation. He has 35 years of experience in academia and industry, including positions at Centocor, Ohmeda Pharmaceuticals, INO Therapeutics, and Stealth Peptides Inc.Straube received his medical degree and residency training at the University of Chicago, completed a joint adult and ...

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Healthcare Corporation of America names new CEO

According to the announcement, Giordano, whose appointment is effective Friday, succeeds Gary Sekulski. Giordano was also elected a director of the company’s board. In addition, the company announced the appointment of Yaron Eitan as chairman, also succeeding Sekulski, who will continue to assist the Company with its business development activities. Ms. Giordano brings over 20 ...

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STORY OF THE YEAR The Affordable Care Act

One event almost always stands out. This year is no exception. The NJBIZ 2013 Story of the Year has to be the Affordable Care Act. How big is the story? You could say it influenced and impacted every person and every business in the state in 2013. Or you could say this: It’s hard to ...

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Immunomedics awarded antibody patent

According to the announcement, the company received U.S. patent no. 8,617,558 for additional claims under the patent family “Camptothecin-binding moiety conjugates,” and U.S. patent no. 8,617,518 with additional claims for the patent family “Methods and compositions for improved F-18 labeling of proteins, peptides and other molecules.”Patent 8,617,558 relates to our proprietary linker technology for conjugating ...

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Report ACA signups in NJ more than doubled in November

“We are hearing anecdotally from different states that their signups are picking up steam,” said Hector De La Torre, executive director of TCHS. “So you may see a big jump in the December figures for people who want coverage starting Jan. 1.” Depending on their income, individuals and families get federal subsidies to help them ...

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