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MIPS researcher awarded fellowship to enhance anti-parasitic drug discovery

Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ (MIPS) Dr Darren Creek has been awarded a NHMRC R.D. Wright Biomedical Career Development Fellowship. The Fellowship will support his work to improve our understanding of how current antimalarial drugs work and identify new ways drugs can kill malaria parasites. The Fellowship is valued at $476,728 over four years.

MIPS partner, Starpharma, announces positive phase 1 clinical results for DEP® Docetaxel

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11 October 2017

Scientists within Professor Chris Porter’s group at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Science have been working for a number of years with the Australian Biotechnology company, Starpharma, to develop advanced drug delivery systems. One result of those programs has been the development of the DEP® delivery platform with broad application including for improved cancer treatments. The DEP® delivery technology, based on Starpharma’s star-shaped polymers or dendrimers, has been shown to improve drug efficacy and reduce toxicity in a number of pre-clinical oncology models.  Starpharma has applied this technology in its own development programs (such as DEP® docetaxel) and in partnership with pharmaceutical companies, for example AstraZeneca (see http://starpharma.com/news/340).

MMIC Advisory Board to help Victorian Manufacturing Innovate

10 October 2017

Monash University’s Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) announced the members of its Industry Advisory Board. Following the announcement an expert panel asked if pharmaceutical manufacturing is keeping pace with the advances of 21st century medicine. The event was hosted by the BioMelbourne Network.

Rethink on beta blockers for heart attack survivors who take their other heart medication

20 September 2017

Beta blockers were found to offer no additional survival benefit for heart attack survivors who take two other medicines as prescribed, according to a new study involving Monash University’s Centre for Medicine Use and Safety.

Honorary doctorate conferred to ground-breaking biological scientist, Jean-Pierre Changeux

19 September 2017

Jean-Pierre Changeux, one of the world’s most eminent biological scientists, will receive the highest accolade from Monash University, an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Laws; Honoris Causa).

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