Sosei Acquires Heptares Therapeutics for $180 Million

Sosei Acquires Heptares Therapeutics for $180 MillionJapan’s Sosei have announced today that they have acquired Heptares Therapeutics, a UK based biotechnology company, in a deal that could be worth up to $400 million.

Heptares Therapeutics specialises in creating medicines targeting G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs).  Sosei have agreed to pay $180 million of that upfront to gain access to Heptares’ GPCRs, a group of 375 receptors which are linked to a wide range of diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, ADHD, diabetes, schizophrenia and migraines.

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Clinical Professionals Holds Heart Themed Day to Raise Money for The Silver Line Charity

Clinical Professionals Holds Heart Themed Day to Raise Money for The Silver Line CharityThe Clinical Professionals Group yesterday held their first event this year to raise money for their 2015 corporate charity, The Silver Line.

Clinical Professionals is proud to announce that its team raised over £250 for The Silver Line from their themed Valentine’s Day event.

Employees paid £1 to come to work wearing red clothing, or a £2 penalty if they forgot!  Cakes were baked by employees to be sold throughout the day.  All team members of Clinical Professionals could also donate £5 to pop a “Love Balloon” which were filled with prizes donated by the company such as additional days holiday and cash prizes.

The Silver Line Charity offer information, friendship and advice to older people within the UK, helping combat the widespread issue of loneliness within the older generation.  Many staff at Clinical Professionals in addition to fund raising events are also donating their time to be “friends of The Silver Line”.Employee popping a balloon at Clinical Professionals' Heart Themed Day

The Clinical Professionals Group’s CEO, Yvette Cleland, commented:
“Our choice of corporate charity is very important to us, there was a unanimous response to working with The Silver Line by our teams here at Clinical Professionals, which was amazing. We will be working hard this year to ensure we play a large role in raising funds for this amazing charity and Clinical Professionals will match the £250 raised by our staff contributing a total of £500.”

Genmab Announce Positive Results for Daratumumab to Treat Multiple Myeloma

Genmab Announce Positive Results for Daratumumab to Treat Multiple MyelomaGenmab and their partner Johnson & Johnson have today announced positive mid-stage clinical data on daratumumab for multiple myeloma.

The preliminary results are from a 124-patient Phase II client trial of daratumumab in double refractory multiple myeloma conducted by J&J’s Janssen Biotech unit.

The results show an overall response rate of 29.2% in the 16 mg/kg dosing group.  The median duration of response was 7.4 months.

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Clinical Professionals to Support The Silver Line as their 2015 Corporate Charity

Clinical Professionals to Support The Silver Line as their 2015 Corporate CharityThe Clinical Professionals Group is delighted to announce that it has selected The Silver Line as its corporate charity for 2015.

Clinical Professionals’ feels that any charity selected as a corporate partner must have the full support of the employees.

Clinical Professionals CEO Yvette Cleland presented the work of The Silver Line as a contender for our 2015 charity at our Xmas event and the response from all staff was overwhelming in support of raising funds for The Silver Line.

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BioInvent Signs Clinical Trials Agreement with UK Cancer Charities

BioInvent Signs Clinical Trials Agreement with UK Cancer CharitiesBioInvent International have announced that they have signed a clinical trial partnership with Cancer Research UK, Cancer Research Technology, and with Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The clinical trial partnership will assess BioInvent’s experimental antibody, BI-1206, in reducing resistance to rituximab treatment in patients with certain blood cancers.

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Clinical Professionals Referral Scheme

Clinical Professionals Referral SchemeClinical Professionals have launched a new online form, allowing people to easily refer a friend or colleague who may be looking for a new role within the life sciences industry.

The Clinical Professionals Group offers a generous referral scheme of £250 vouchers (or the European equivalent) for anyone who refers someone that we then go onto place in a role.*

As Europe’s leading independent life science recruitment company, The Clinical Professionals Group are constantly looking for ways to improve the job search experience for both candidates and clients.

If you know anyone who may be looking for a new role, with European experience working in the life sciences industry, please complete the form at:

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Johnson & Johnson and Vectura to Collaborate on Asthma / COPD Agreement

Johnson & Johnson and Vectura to Collaborate on Asthma / COPD AgreementJohnson & Johnson and Vectura have announced a new partnership to develop anti-inflammatory therapies for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Vectura, who are respiratory specialists, confirmed that the collaboration will primarily focus on a Phase II treatment, but may also include additional clinical-stage candidates.

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Clinical Professionals Christmas 2014 Opening Hours

The Clinical Professionals Group will be closed from the afternoon of the 24th December 2014 until Friday 2nd January 2015.

We would like to wish all our clients and candidates a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Clinical Professionals Group have had a very successful 2014 and we would like to thank everyone we have worked with in the past year.  We look forward to working with you in 2015.

If you need to contact us over the holidays, please leave a message on our voicemail and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

The Clinical Professionals Team

Clinical Professionals Raise Money for Save the Children

Clinical Professionals Raise Money for Save the Children

On Friday, the Clinical Professionals Group took part in Christmas Jumper Day, raising money for Save the Children.

Employees paid £1 to wear their Christmas jumper (or outfit) to work, with employees who forgot being fined £2.  Employees also baked cakes to bring in and sell, raising more money for the charity.

2014 was the third Christmas Jumper Day, raising money for the charity, Save the Children.

Save the Children works across in 120 countries.  The charity helps children who are in emergency situations, in poverty, missing out on school, suffering from hunger and health problems, or in danger of exploitation or neglect.  The charity helped 15.4 million children through their work in 2013.

Clinical Professionals’ CEO, Yvette Cleland, commented:
“This Xmas Clinical Professionals has filled 60 toy boxes for under privileged children and to round our activities up we also decided to support the wonderful Save the Children Charity. The spirit and generosity of all of our team members has again been outstanding in supporting those less fortunate than us this Xmas.”

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Positive Early-Stage Clinical Data for Biogen Alzheimer’s Drug

Positive Early-Stage Clinical Data for Biogen Alzheimer's DrugBiogen Idec has announced plans to move their investigational Alzheimer’s drug into Phase III trials, after receiving promising early-stage clinical data.

Douglas Williams, Biogen Idec’s R&D chief, noted that in the interim analysis of their Phase Ib clinical trial, aducanumab (also known as BIIB037) showed a significant reduction in the beta-amyloid protein in early-stage patients.  After 54 weeks, results showed that patients exhibited statistically significant cognitive improvements.

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