Addressing the Preclinical Development Challenges of Gene Therapy

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While the concept of gene therapy has been around for decades, gene therapy companies are just beginning to convert the promise of gene therapy into reality for patients suffering from a variety of rare diseases and cancer, among others.  The gene therapy industry went into dormancy after a high profile patient death in 1999 but is now making a resounding … Read More

European Style Housing of Nonhuman Primates

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In the United States, laboratory animal research requirements are defined by a combination of the Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWAR), PHS Policy, and the performance standards promulgated in The Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals or its agricultural counterpart. While The Guide is in use by numerous academic and biomedical research institutions worldwide (in over 41 countries) … Read More

Reflections on the state of the CRO Industry

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Mimicking the decade-long trend of consolidation in the pharmaceutical industry, the past two years have seen a series of major mergers and acquisitions among preclinical CROs.  LabCorp procured Covance; Harlan and Huntingdon Life Sciences merged to form Envigo; and this year WIL Research was acquired by Charles River.  This recent era of consolidation has been overlaid on trends that have … Read More