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Bio-Rad Labs grabs FDA approval for next-gen HIV test

Bio-Rad Laboratories snagged FDA approval for its next-generation HIV Ag-Ab test for early detection of the virus. The Hercules, CA-based company's BioPlex 2200 HIV Ag-Ab assay distinguishes between HIV-1 and HIV-2 markers in human blood samples, making it the first diagnostic approved by the agency that can differentiate the infections.

UCLA researchers create 3-D-printed smartphone attachment to read molecular Dx assays

Diagnostic assays that usually require a desktop reader that costs several thousand dollars can now be done using a 3-D printed plate that attaches to a smartphone. Even better, the accuracy of the results achieved are comparable to standard laboratory equipment.

Swedish biotech ropes in $11M for automated HIV testing device

Swedish biotech outfit Cavidi snagged a €10 million ($11 million) loan from the European Investment Bank to develop its next-generation automated testing device for HIV.

J&J's HIV vaccine shows promise in monkeys; PhI/IIa to start soon

The search for an HIV vaccine has been long and difficult, but researchers from Johnson & Johnson, Harvard and other groups may have made a leap. J&J's Janssen reported encouraging results Thursday from its preclinical trial of an HIV vaccine in rhesus monkeys. Encouraging enough for the company to sponsor human studies--the first time a Big Pharma is doing so in the HIV space.

HIV investigators at Harvard, J&J see promise in early-stage vaccine

A team of collaborators drawn from Harvard, Johnson & Johnson and other groups published results from a preclinical animal study Thursday afternoon that underscores the potential for developing the world's first HIV vaccine.

Abuse of Endo's second-generation Opana ER formulation implicated in Indiana HIV epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a formulation of Endo's pain med, Opana ER--that's supposed to be difficult to crush--is responsible for an outbreak of HIV in southern Indiana, because the changes made it easier to prepare the drug for more dangerous intravenous or subcutaneous injection.

India's Cipla gets first FDA approval of oral pellet to treat HIV/AIDS in infants

India's Cipla recently got FDA approval for a pediatric formulation of the combo drug lopinavir/ritonavir to treat HIV/AIDS in the developing world, but not in the U.S., where market exclusivity rules apply.

NIH advice on early HIV treatment could boost sales at Gilead, GSK, J&J and BMS

U.S. federal health officials said patients should take antiretroviral meds as soon as they are diagnosed instead of waiting to start therapy, potentially opening the door for increased sales of the drugs.

Aurobindo Pharma submits abbreviated application to FDA for HIV drug production

India's Aurobindo Pharma has submitted an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) to the FDA for the treatment of HIV as part of the country's pharmaceutical industry's efforts to ramp up production of drugs to treat HIV/AIDS.

HIV biotech Calimmune bags $15M to move one-time gene therapy into new trials

After getting started 9 years ago with backing from angel investors, Calimmune just landed a $15 million B round, positioning the biotech to move into the clinic with a gene therapy designed to durably stymie the lethal HIV with one treatment.