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Two new osteoarthritis biomarkers eyed for predictive Dx

U.K. researchers say they've zeroed in on two new biomarkers that could help predict who will develop osteoarthritis. The hope is that the biomarkers could form the basis of a blood test that enables earlier medical intervention before the condition causes too much damage.

Anika pops after the FDA finally approves its arthritis jab

After two stinging rejections sent it back to the lab, Anika Therapeutics has secured the FDA's blessing for an osteoarthritis pain injection, propelling the biotech's shares up more than 40%.

Merck KGaA scouts for deep-pocketed partners to leverage its R&D budget

The head of the pharma division, Stefan Oschmann, tells the Financial Times that the Darmstadt-based drug developer is looking to stretch its $1.5 billion annual research budget with some additional cost-sharing deals that might include private equity groups as well as other industry partners.

Nektar Therapeutics shares crash on PhII pain drug trial flop

Shares of Nektar Therapeutics took a nasty plunge Thursday evening after the biotech failed to convince investors that the Phase II flop of a top pain drug didn't tarnish the program's promise.

Imprimis to begin osteoarthritis cream PhIII, snags transdermal wound treatment

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals took two major steps this week, gaining approval to begin Phase III clinical trials for its lead osteoarthritis topical cream candidate and getting hold of a novel transdermal treatment for wound management.

NEA backs Cartiva amid osteoarthritis trial

New Enterprise Associates (NEA) has dipped into its ample coffers to provide Cartiva with $4.3 million. The capital infusion backs the startup's ongoing clinical trial of a cartilage replacement implant in patients with osteoarthritis.

Flexion's FX006 delivers long-term steroids in knee joint

Flexion Therapeutics' FX006, a sustained-release formulation of the steroid triamcinolone, has been able to deliver drug to the knee joint in people with osteoarthritis for 6 weeks or more.

Flexion banks $20M VC round, shifts focus to late-stage osteoarthritis drugs

Instead of taking assets to proof-of-concept in a fast march through the clinic and then striking deals for their programs, as originally planned, Flexion's top execs have seized on the success of their clinical-stage osteoarthritis drugs and plan to stay focused on their pipeline--pursuing late-stage work, perhaps all the way through Phase III.

Array shares crater as pain drug disappoints in PhII

Array BioPharma  touted its latest mid-stage study of a key pain drug as an unqualified success, beating a placebo and hitting its primary endpoint when tested in patients suffering from osteoarthritis. But when investors dug down into the release and found that its experimental med did no better than a standard treatment, its shares slid more than 11%.

Knee, hip replacement can heighten heart attack risk, study concludes

Total hip and total knee replacement surgeries may be a boon to patients with osteoarthritis, restoring mobility and greatly reducing pain. But within the first two weeks after the surgical procedures are performed, these patients face a greater risk of heart attack, according to a new study in the Netherlands evaluating data from thousands of Danish patients.