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Biogen and PML

Another Partner for Biogen
By Brian Lawler
September 21, 2006

It seems that not a week goes by when I'm not writing about Biogen IDEC (Nasdaq: BIIB) licensing a drug or signing up a new partner. For a biopharmaceutical company of its size, Biogen definitely takes the cake as the most prolific drug-acquirer.

After the market closed yesterday, Biogen added another collaboration agreement with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ALNY) to its long list of partners. This ...
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Merck financial news

Found this info kind of interesting considering Merck's MS candidate seems to have failed.

Merck to take control of Swiss drug maker
By Carter Dougherty International Herald Tribune

Published: September 21, 2006

FRANKFURT Merck of Germany announced Thursday that it would take control of Serono, a Swiss pharmaceutical maker, for €10.6 billion after failing to secure a merger with Schering, its German competitor, this year.

A deal with Schering would have created a German powerhouse ...
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DIRECT-MS sponsors a vitamin D trial

A Dose/Safety Study of Vitamin D for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

Introduction – Beginning in 2000, Direct-MS has strongly advocated the use of adequate vitamin D supplementation for the prevention and treatment of multiple sclerosis. Since that time we have also actively promoted the need for clinical research to test the effectiveness of vitamin D for preventing and treating MS. Before clinical trials to test the efficacy of vitamin D for MS can be done, ...
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DIRECT-MS funding a clinical trial to test the Best Bet Diet

Testing the Effectiveness of the Best Bet Diet for Decreasing Disease Activity in Multiple Sclerosis

Introduction Direct-MS is very pleased to be funding a rigorous clinical trial which will test the effectiveness of the Direct-MS recommended nutritional strategies, often referred to as the Best Bet Diet for MS (BBD), for affecting MS disease activity. Such research is of critical importance for determining if the recommended nutritional strategies are of value for MS and thus ...
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Frea of having PPMS - Please help me

I am new to this forum and new to the whole concept of MS. I hope to get some help from people with experience with PPMS. I am truly desperate and need some guidance.

I have had many symptoms in the last 7 months that I would like to know if they can be PPMS.

Ok, so here it goes. Seven months ago I was as new. No problems, nothing. The only problem I would ...
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As I was raised a protestant, I have no time for nuns (can't see the point of them and they are exempt from paying taxes). Nevertheless, I'm having a bad day and came across the following story. This nun was dx in 1970 but is still teaching and doesn't look to bad for someone who has had MS for 36 years. I still don't like nuns ( would force them to marry monks if I ...
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Positive stem cells for a change

A story from my local newspaper. Professor Scolding is my neurologist and all round good egg. At my last appointment with him he intimated that he hopes to be starting human trials within a year.

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Hey Ian, if you start machine gunning MS researchers could you leave the Prof til last? I actually believe that he may be one of our best hopes for full restitution from MS ...
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Biogen deal for PML

from the Boston Globe

Alnylam, Biogen to partner on brain disease treatment
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Cambridge said it will collaborate with Biogen Idec Inc. to develop a treatment for a rare brain disease found in three patients taking Biogen Idec's multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri. Alnylam said Biogen Idec, also of Cambridge, would fund research to find a treatment for the disease, progressive multifocal encephalopathy. Alnylam will receive $5 million upfront and could earn up ...
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Prozac (fluoxetine) & neurogenesis ?

I followed an old article found here, that i raised a question on in the thread, and kept on hitting research that found that Prozac and related drugs caused new neurons to be made. I am guessing with prozacs proliferation, that some people here could have been on it at some time.

My question is, did you notice anything?

Although most if not all talk is on the hippocampus specifically.
Dr Anthony Hannan ...
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