NIH works with Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly

NIH collaborate with Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Eli LillyFierce Biotech reported that The National Institutes of Health today unveiled a collaborative program that will match researchers with a selection of pharmaceutical industry compounds to help scientists explore new treatments for patients.

NIH’s new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) has partnered initially with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Eli Lilly. The drug companies will offer up their data and investigators will have a chance to explore new uses, with a set of deal templates in place to help speed the process on 20 programs.

The investigators will have access to failed drugs to see if they can be repurposed for new uses.

Rod MacKenzie, group senior vice president, head of Pfizer PharmaTherapeutics Research and Development said “Pfizer has a rich history of partnering with the academic and public sectors to discover and develop innovative medicines…We believe that participating in this unique program, and making well researched molecules available to NIH’s broad network of researchers, is another important step in advancing a vibrant biomedical ecosystem.”

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Eli Lilly gives $100,000 to American Red Cross Tornado Disaster Relief Efforts

As reported by Pharmiweb, The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation yesterday gave $100,000 to the American Red Cross for its tornado disaster relief efforts.

This pledge will support families and communities affected by the tornadoes that blazed through Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama, and Georgia on March 2, 2012.

Robert L. Smith, president of the Lilly Foundation said “Our hearts go out to those affected by these tornadoes, including those in our home state of Indiana. We’ve been moved by the acts of kindness by people who have sought to help those in need. Today, we join the ranks of many others in answering the call to help”

In addition to this pledge, through its matching gifts program, the Lilly Foundation will provide a 1:1 match of employee donations to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.  The Foundation is encouraging U.S. Lilly employees who want to donate to tornado relief efforts to do so through one of these organizations, thereby doubling the impact of their giving.

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Eli Lilly to Cut Pharmaceutical Science Jobs

Pharmaceutical Science Job CutsPharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly has signed a new five-year agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific which could cut pharmaceutical jobs in America.

As part of the deal, by summer 2010 the Fisher Clinical Services business of Thermo Fisher will be taking responsibility for Eli Lilly’s in-house clinical trial materials manufacturing, packaging and labelling operations. Not only this, but by the end of 2010, Fisher Clinical Services will handle the distribution of clinical trial materials for Lilly throughout North America.

Speaking of the move, Ralph Lipp, PhD, Vice President of Pharmaceutical Sciences Research and Development for Lilly, said, “Transitioning work like the manufacturing, packaging and labeling of clinical trial materials to Fisher Clinical Services helps us also reach Lilly’s corporate goals of reducing the costs of drug development and speeding innovative medicines to patients.”

As a result of this agreement, Lily is to cut approximately 115 pharmaceutical jobs from it’s workforce. Those employees effected will be given the opportunity to apply for pharmaceutical jobs with Fisher Clinical Services.

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