Kyowa Hakko Kirin

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Ezose Sciences today said that it has signed an agreement to collaborate with Kyowa Hakko Kirin on glycomics studies using Ezose's GlycanMap platform.

Dicerna Pharmaceuticals this week announced that partner Kyowa Hakko Kirin has decided to advance a second cancer drug candidate into formal development as part of the companies' ongoing alliance.
The move has triggered a $5 million milestone payment to Dicerna.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Activiomics announced recently a research deal with Kyowa Hakko Kirin for use of Activiomics' mass spectrometry-based technology to "elucidate signaling mechanism of lead compounds in relevant cell-based systems."

Dicerna Pharmaceuticals said this week that it has reached another milestone in its collaboration with Kyowa Hakko Kirin after the Japanese pharmaceutical firm “recognized the successful achievement of an in vivo activity milestone” for a second oncology drug candidate.

Dicerna Pharmaceuticals announced this week that it has earned a $5 million milestone payment after partner Kyowa Hakko Kirin decided to further develop an oncology drug candidate covered by the companies' drug-development alliance.

While a handful of pricey deals have dominated the headlines, a handful of other companies over the past year have formed more modest collaborations to see whether they can take advantage of RNAi as a therapeutic modality.

Among these is a deal between Dicerna Pharmaceuticals and Japan's Kyowa Hakko Kirin, which announced this week that they have expanded their drug-development partnership to include work in immunologic and inflammatory diseases.

Rosetta Genomics top executive said this week that the firm expects to forge at least one strategic partnership by year end, although he did not specify whether it would be around its diagnostics, drug research biomarker, or therapeutics efforts.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

In PLOS this week: mechanisms for genes implicated in coronary artery disease, rumen microbes and host genetics influence cow methane production, and more.