Plexxicon

This week, Certara said that Plexxikon has selected its D360 software solution to support data access and analysis for its drug discovery projects.

Since BRAF inhibitors such as Roche/Plexxicon's vemurafenib, or PLX 4032, are currently in clinical trials for melanoma patients, the authors think there could be a rapid transition of their findings to the clinic.

By exploring a treatment strategy that involves Roche/Plexxikon's investigational pharmacogenomically targeted drug vemurafenib and Bristol-Myers Squibb's newly approved melanoma treatment Yervoy, two large drug developers are hoping to further improve outcomes for a genomically defined patient population.

Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.