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BI commences late-stage clinical trial for breast cancer treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

INGELHEIM, Germany Boehringer Ingelheim has started a late-stage clinical trial of a drug for treating breast cancer, the German drug maker said Friday.

 

The phase 3 trial, dubbed the “LUX-Breast 1” trial, will evaluate the drug afatinib in patients with advanced breast cancer. The drug is a tablet that BI said was the first to inhibit two chemicals involved in tumor growth — the epidermal growth factor receptor, or EGFR, and the human epidermal receptor, also known as HER2.

 

 

“We have seen positive results in our proof-of-concept studies for afatinib in breast cancer, and are glad to advance the program into pivotal phase 3,” BI corporate SVP medicine Klaus Dugi said. “We are delighted to be able to initiate this important trial together with a range of leading investigators to assess the value of afatinib for women with advanced breast cancer.”

 

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Water Quality Association certifies ZeroWater as copper-reducing filter

BY Allison Cerra

BENSALEM, Pa. Zero Technologies’ new filter pitcher has received a special certification from the Water Quality Association for the reduction of copper found in tap water.

The company said that since water can pick up dissolved solids, including copper and lead, as it travels through numerous pipes to the faucet, its ZeroWater filter pitcher can eliminate such potentially dangerous levels from being consumed, with patented five-stage, dual ion-exchange water filtration technology.

 

Doug Kellam, CEO of Zero Technologies, said, “This latest certification underscores the evolution of water filtration technology available directly to the consumer to improve the taste and safety of their tap water. ZeroWater can now take yet another step forward in delivering a great-tasting, economic alternative to purified bottled water. Anyone making the transition from bottled water or conventional carbon-based filtration can now make a better informed choice when it comes to comparing the various possibilities for at-home water filtration systems.”

 

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Fresh & Easy kicks off annual Shop for Schools program

BY Allison Cerra

FRESNO, Calif. A regional supermarket chain’s third annual fundraising program, designed to benefit schools across three states, commenced at a Fresno, Calif., store opening on Thursday.

Fresh & Easy’s Shop for Schools program allows schools in California, Arizona and Nevada to sign up to receive donations from the supermarket chain. How it works: Participating schools will receive a $1 cash donation for every $20 receipt collected from any Fresh & Easy store through Dec. 31. At the end of the program, Fresh & Easy will award the top fundraising school in each state with a $5,000 bonus.

In addition to collecting receipts, registered schools can participate in Shopping Nights, which provide an opportunity to raise even more money. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on each school’s designated shopping night, 5% of the total sales at the local Fresh & Easy store are donated to the school.

“We’re excited that Shop for Schools has played such an important role over the past two school years in bringing needed funds to neighborhood classrooms,” said Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy CEO. “We are happy to be able to help, and we hope schools are even more successful through this year’s program.”

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