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Eden, Crucell ink manufacturing agreement

BY Alaric DeArment

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. Watson Pharmaceuticals biotech subsidiary Eden Biodesign has signed a manufacturing agreement with Dutch biotech company Crucell that will give Watson access to Crucell’s cell line technology, the two companies announced Wednesday.

 

Under the agreement, Eden will provide process development and current good manufacturing practice services using Crucell’s PER.C6 technology to licensees using the technology to develop vaccines and gene therapies.

 

 

“We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with Crucell and to be able to offer Eden Biodesign’s services to Crucell’s PER.C6 licensees,” Eden CEO Crawford Brown said. “We have demonstrated that the combination of Crucell’s proven and valuable technology and Eden Biodesign’s expertise in vaccine and gene therapy development and manufacturing delivers tremendous value to our customers by accelerating progression of products into and through clinical development, while maintaining the ability to scale up production and achieve highly attractive cost of goods.”

 

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FDA grants fast-track designation for CDI vaccine

BY Alaric DeArment

SWIFTWATER, Pa. A vaccine for a bacterial infection that affects the gastrointestinal tract has been granted expedited approval by the Food and Drug Administration.

 

French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis announced Tuesday that it had received fast-track designation from the FDA for its investigational Clostridium difficile vaccine. The FDA grants the designation to ease the development of new drugs and vaccines for serious or life-threatening conditions or unmet medical needs.

 

 

C. difficile infection, or CDI, is one of the most common hospital-acquired infections in the developed world. The bacteria are present without causing symptoms in around 60% of infants and 3% of adults. Antibiotic treatments sometimes can disrupt the bacteria in the gut, causing C. difficile to multiply and release toxins that cause the symptoms associated with CDI.

 

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American Greetings’ Yakety Yaks cards talk back

BY Allison Cerra

CLEVELAND Everyday objects are taking center stage in a new line from American Greetings.

The new Yakety Yaks line features innovative music and motion technology in which quirky characters belt out hilarious songs that are perfect for celebrating any occasion, the company said.

 

"[Yakety Yaks] definitely put a smile on our faces while we were working on the line, and they are sure to put a smile on any recipient’s as well," said Carol Miller, executive director of new product concepts at American Greetings.

 

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