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Oct 31, 2006

Avecia Tapped to Produce Illumigen’s Hepatitis C Drug

  • Avecia and Illumigen Biosciences entered into an agreement for the process development and manufacture of Illumigen's lead development product, IB657, for the treatment of Hepatitis C and other RNA viruses.

    Avecia will carry out development work to optimize the drug manufacturing process and conduct initial cGMP manufacture of IB657. This manufacturing agreement will provide Illumigen with IB657 in sufficient quantities to complete Phase Ia trials in Hepatitis C-infected patients.



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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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