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Sightseeing in Munich during ESMO 2018

The The European Society for Medical Oncology Congress takes place this October (19-23) in Munich, Germany. We’ve put up a list with accommodation options you can choose from and also worked on this blog article with what you can do while in Munich. Enjoy!

 

Visit one of the world’s oldest art galleries

The Alte Pinakothek dates back to 1836 and that makes it one of the oldest galleries in the world. Its Neo-Renaissance design served as model for other galleries that appeared later on in Brussels, Rome and St Petersburg.

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Known to house one of the most famous collections of Old Master paintings, the museum’s name Alte (Old) Pinakothek refers to the time period covered by the collection – from the 14th to the 18th century. The construction of the building was ordered by King Ludwig I to house the Wittelsbach dynasty’s exceptional collection, started by Duke Wilhelm IV back in the 1500s.

The Neue Pinakothek, built in 1981, covers nineteenth-century art, and Pinakothek der Moderne, opened in 2002, exhibits modern art.

What you will see here are around 800 German, French, Dutch, Flemish, Italian and Spanish paintings from the 1200s to the 1800s by famous painters like Peter Paul Rubens, Albrecht Dürer and van Dyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Hans Baldung Grien, Hieronymous Bosch and Rembrandt.

 

Take a breath of fresh air at Englischer Garten

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The Englischer Garten’s size will quickly strike you. Dating back to the 18th century, the park begins on the left bank of the Isar in the north behind the Residenz and just seems to never end. The truth is you’re walking in one of the world’s biggest urban parks – bigger than New York’s Central Park.

You can see the Japanese teahouse added for the Olympics in 1972 and the Chinese Tower based on Kew Gardens’ pagoda and first erected in 1790. Last but not least, you’ll be amazed to find surfing here. The Eisbach River has a strong current, forming a static wave that experienced surfers can ride for up to a minute.

 

Visit Pinakothek der Moderne

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This modern art museum is situated in central Munich’s Kunstareal. It’s sometimes referred to as the Dritte (“third”) Pinakothek after the Old and New.

The museum was inaugurated in September 2002 after almost a decade of construction work. Its galleries are filled with art by the most celebrated names of the last 100 years – artists like Kirchner, Kandinsky, Klee, Franz Marc, Emil Nolde, Francis Bacon, Braque, Otto Dix, Picasso, Magritte, Max Ernst and Joan Miró.

 

See Munich’s oldest church

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St Peter’s Church was first built at the end of the 1100s but destroyed by fire in 1347. It was then rebuilt in Gothic style. Given that many extensions have been added along the years, St Peter’s now has Renaissance and Baroque elements as well.

The high altar boasts a figure of St Peter sculpted by Erasmus Grasser at the turn of the 16th century.

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In the world of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events), Congress Bookers provides a whole range of services needed to organize a group for a medical congress. On our website, you will find a full list of hotel allotments for the most important medical congresses in 2018, regardless of their location. We operate internationally!

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Top Medical Congresses to Attend in Germany in 2018

According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, the global MICE industry was valued at USD 752 billion in 2016, and is projected to reach USD 1,245 billion in 2023, registering a CAGR of 7.5% from 2017 to 2023.

In 2016, Europe dominated the global market with more than 42% market share, in terms of value. Medical events have played an important part.

In 2018, Germany will host some of the biggest medical events in Europe: EAACI 2018, ESC 2018, EASD 2018, ECTRIMS 2018, ESMO 2018.

 

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Annual Congress | 26-30 May

The 2018 edition will take place in Munich, Germany at the ICM – Internationales Congress Center München.

The EAACI Congress is organised by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), and provides attendees with a one of a kind opportunity to learn more about the latest discoveries in the field of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology.

Munich is seen as one of the most research-focused cities in Germany. It’s well-known for important advances through R&D and innovation centres, being an environment which encourages proactive development work and close cooperation among clinics, universities and research organizations.

Book your accommodation for EAACI 2018 at one of the best hotels in Munich!

 

The 54th European Association for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting | 1-5 October 2018

EASD’s 2018 congress will take place in Berlin, Germany at the Messe Berlin Exhibition Halls in Berlin-Charlottenburg.

The European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) was founded in 1965 as a non-profit, medical scientific association, based in Duesseldorf, Germany.

Nowadays, EASD is one of the largest networks for diabetologists worldwide with more than 5,000 active members from over 100 countries. EASD holds its Annual Meeting in a different European city each year with more than 15,000 delegates from over 130 countries attending. The scientific programme includes more than 1,200 talks and presentations on the latest results in diabetes research by leading experts in the field.

Berlin is an international city that has a long-standing tradition of more than 300 years in medical research.The city boasts extraordinary architecture, a mix of historical buildings and contemporary design. Known for its young and experimental spirit, Berlin has always been home to an active and unique art scene.

Book your accommodation for EASD 2018 at one of the best hotels in Berlin!

 

The 34th European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis Congress | 10-12 October

The 34th Congress of the ECTRIMS will take place in the bustling and lively European city of Berlin at the City Cube Messe.

As a non-profit organisation, ECTRIMS is Europe’s and the world’s largest professional organisation dedicated to the understanding and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Its goal is to improve basic and clinical research and clinical outcomes in MS by creating a network of researchers and clinicians and partnering with other organisations that share similar missions and objectives.

Some of the topics covered in the Scientific Programme of the 2018 edition are: Treatment of relapsing and progressive MS, Risk management with MS therapies, Immunopathology of MS, Molecular imaging, and many more.

Book your accommodation for ECTRIMS 2018 at one of the best hotels in Berlin!

 

The European Society for Medical Oncology Congress | 19-23 October

The ESMO 2018 Congress will take place between 19-23 October 2018, in Munich, Germany at Messe Munich.

ESMO was founded in 1975 and is now the leading European professional organisation for medical oncology. Comprising 17,000 oncology professionals from over 150 countries, ESMO is the network of reference for oncology education and information worldwide.

The programme for the 2018 edition is available online here.

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About Congress Bookers

In the world of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events), Congress Bookers provides a whole range of services needed to organize a group for a medical congress. On our website, you will find a full list of hotel allotments for the most important medical congresses in 2018, regardless of their location. We operate internationally!

  • EASL 2018 – 210 rooms in seven 4-star hotels
  • EAACI 2018 – 615 rooms in fourteen 4-star hotels
  • EHA 2018 – 1200 rooms in thirty 4-star hotels
  • ERS 2018 – 615 rooms in twenty 4-star hotels
  • EURETINA 2018 – 460 rooms in twelve 4-star hotels
  • EASD 2018 – 765 rooms in sixteen 4-star hotels
  • ECTRIMS 2018 – 620 rooms in ten hotels
  • ESMO 2018 – 1092 rooms in twenty-one 4-star hotels.

Top Pharma News and Developments that Made Headlines in July

These are last month’s pharma news and developments brought to you by Congress Bookers, a reliable accommodation partner for lead pharma companies worldwide.

 

Amgen signs collaboration agreement with Array BioPharma

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Amgen and Array BioPharma announced a preclinical license and collaboration agreement in inflammation.

Under the agreement, the two companies will collaborate on the discovery and development of new drugs for autoimmune disorders. Amgen will be responsible for clinical development and commercialization, having exclusive rights to Array’s preclinical program. In turn, upfront and milestone payments will be made by Amgen.

 

Bavarian Nordic partnered with Johnson & Johnson for HIV, HBV shots

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Danish company Bavarian Nordic and Johnson & Johnson have signed a deal worth USD 879M  to develop HIV, HBV shots.

Under the terms of the deal, Bavarian Nordic is granting J&J’s Janssen unit the rights to combine MVA-BN with Janssen’s own AdVac platform in the HIV and HBV programs. In return, Janssen will pay Bavarian Nordic $10 million upfront and up to $836 million in milestones. Bavarian Nordic will design, produce and deliver the MVA needed, while Janssen will handle R&D.

 

Samsung and Merck launched Remicade biosim

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Samsung and Merck & Co. launched Renflexis in the US. Renflexis is 35% cheaper than J&J’s anti-inflammatory med.

Last year, Pfizer launched its version, Inflectra, at a 15% discount. Renflexis is the third biosim to launch in the US after Inflectra and Sandoz’s Zarxio, a biosimilar to Amgen’s Neupogen.

 

Gilead’s Vosevi got US FDA Approval

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gilead Sciences’ Vosevi tablets, a single-tablet regimen for the re-treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adults with genotype 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 previously treated with an NS5A inhibitor-containing regimen, or with genotype 1a or 3 previously treated with a sofosbuvir-containing regimen without an NS5A inhibitor.

The approval is based on data from the Phase 3 POLARIS-1 and POLARIS-4 studies, which evaluated Vosevi during an interval of 12 weeks.

 

Novo Nordisk and Glooko launch co-marketed app

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As a result of Novo Nordisk’s partnership with diabetes health tech startup Glooko a new app was launched. It’s dubbed Cornerstones4Care Powered by Glooko, or the C4C app.

The app allows diabetes patients to measure and track blood glucose, activities and meals. It syncs blood glucose and activity data from a wide array of diabetes or exercise devices.

The app is free for registered C4C online users and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google app stores.

 

AstraZeneca partners with Merck to develop and commercialise cancer drugs

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AstraZeneca and Merck & Co have entered a global oncology collaboration to co-develop and co-commercialise the AstraZeneca’s Lynparza and selumetinib for various cancer types.

Under the agreement, the companies will develop and commercialise Lynparza jointly, as monotherapy and in combination with other potential medicines. Furthermore, they will develop and commercialise Lynparza in combination with their own PD-L1 and PD-1 medicines, Imfinzi and Keytruda.

AstraZeneca and Merck will also co-develop and commercialise selumetinib, the former’s selective inhibitor of MEK, that’s being developed for several indications including thyroid cancer.

The 2 companies will share development and commercialisation costs as well as profits from product sales.

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Congress Bookers provides a whole range of services needed to organize a group for a medical congress. On our website, you will find a full list of hotel allotments for the most important medical congresses in 2017 and 2018, regardless of their location. The biggest congresses next year are:

  • EASL 2018 – 210 rooms in seven 4-star hotels
  • EAACI 2018 – 615 rooms in fourteen 4-star hotels
  • EHA 2018 – 1200 rooms in thirty 4-star hotels
  • ERS 2018 – 615 rooms in twenty 4-star hotels
  • EURETINA 2018 – 460 rooms in twelve 4-star hotels
  • EASD 2018 – 765 rooms in sixteen 4-star hotels
  • ECTRIMS 2018 – 620 rooms in ten hotels
  • ESMO 2018 – 1092 rooms in twenty-one 4-star hotels.

 

How 6 Big Pharma Companies Use Twitter to Engage with Audiences

This article is brought to you by Congress Bookers, a reliable accommodation partner for lead pharma companies worldwide.

Pharma companies have begun to embrace different communication channels, including social media, to promote their products, present their drug development initiatives and engage with audiences worldwide.

However, make no mistake, social media is not the same for pharma companies as it is for regular users. Without proper planning, controls and staff training, firms risk fines, sanctions and worse, damage to their reputation.

Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are the main online networks that pharmaceutical companies are eyeing. In this article, we’ll take a look at how pharma companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Merck and Novartis use Twitter to maintain a close connection with their existing and potential patients.

 

Bristol-Myers Squibb

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@bmsnews is the name of New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Twitter account. The latter was opened in April 2009 and has now has 108.000 followers. The company’s Twitter feed covers everything from drug research results and analysis, clinical collaborations with other pharma companies, to features about the company’s supply chain, and many more.

 

AstraZeneca

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Apart from the main @AstraZeneca Twitter account, the company also has accounts for different countries (UK, US, Canada, etc) and a Twitter profile dubbed @AZhelps. The latter is destined to help people manage and support their health more confidently. The account was opened in 2009 and it currently has over 3000 followers. On the official company account, AstraZeneca posts articles and press releases related to drug discovery, tweets from different conferences, research data, etc. The account now boasts 126.000 followers.

 

GlaxoSmithKline

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@GSK was one of the first pharma companies to be on Twitter. They created their account 10 years ago, in 2007, and now have 146.000 followers. The UK-based company also has a US version @GSKUS that it started in March 2009 and has 73.800 followers. They post R&D updates, info about conferences and events that they’re attending, studies, interviews with patients and employees, etc.

 

Pfizer

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Apart from having separate Twitter accounts for countries like Belgium, France, Turkey, Germany, Austria, etc, @pfizer has an official Twitter profile started in 2009 which now has 206.000 followers and a channel dedicated to media announcements and investor communications dubbed @pfizer_news. Pfizer’s Twitter account is the most followed of all the big pharma Twitter accounts. It mainly focuses on the company’s initiatives in the greater therapeutic arena (like the #QuitSmoking one), cancer research, health tips, polls and surveys, etc.

 

Sanofi

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@sanofi created its official Twitter profile in 2009 and now has 92.600 followers. The French pharma company has more than 18 Twitter accounts. It has handles for different regions – France, Canada, and the US, as well as accounts for different units like its diabetes franchise and its Genzyme unit. On the company’s official Twitter feed you can find posts related to Big Data and health initiatives, collaborations with startups to develop new health solutions, their anti counterfeiting initiatives, vaccines research and development, etc.

 

Novartis

Similar to the other pharma companies, Novartis has several Twitter handles, one for each division of the company (@NovartisPharma for the pharmaceutical division, @NovartisScience, @NovartisCancer) as well as the official page @Novartis. The latter was created in 2008 and has 216.000 followers.

Also, Novartis has one account devoted entirely to oncology clinical trials @NovartisOncCT that allows patients to find out if they qualify for trials.

On their general Twitter account, they update their audience on the latest drug research and development initiatives, post news related to partnerships and collaborations, etc.

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In June 2014, the FDA released its social media guidance regarding the presentation of risk and benefit information which prevents pharma companies from marketing their drugs on social media without presenting the risks associated with their use. However, pharma players have found creative and useful ways of attracting and keeping their audiences engaged. Chapeau!

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Congress Bookers provides a whole range of services needed to organize a group for a medical congress. On our website, you will find a full list of hotel allotments for the most important medical congresses in 2017 and 2018, regardless of their location. The biggest congresses next year are:

  • EASL 2018 – 210 rooms in seven 4-star hotels
  • EAACI 2018 – 615 rooms in fourteen 4-star hotels
  • EHA 2018 – 1200 rooms in thirty 4-star hotels
  • ERS 2018 – 615 rooms in twenty 4-star hotels
  • EURETINA 2018 – 460 rooms in twelve 4-star hotels
  • EASD 2018 – 765 rooms in sixteen 4-star hotels
  • ECTRIMS 2018 – 620 rooms in ten hotels
  • ESMO 2018 – 1092 rooms in twenty-one 4-star hotels.

Top Pharma News and Developments that Made Headlines in May

These are last month’s pharma news and developments brought to you by Congress Bookers, a reliable accommodation partner for lead pharma companies worldwide.

 

Merck’s Keytruda got FDA approval to treat genetically ID’d tumors

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Merck’s Keytruda was approved by the FDA to treat patients whose cancers have a specific genetic feature, making that the first time the FDA approved a cancer treatment based on a common genetic feature and not on the location where the tumor originated.

Keytruda is used for the treatment of solid tumors that have a biomarker referred to as microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR).

 

The FDA approved first generic Strattera for the treatment of ADHD

The first generic versions of Strattera  have been approved by the FDA to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in pediatric and adult patients.

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Strattera will be marketed by Apotex Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., Aurobindo Pharma Limited and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited.

 

Bristol-Myers Squibb entered strategic collaboration with Array BioPharma

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Bristol-Myers Squibb has entered a clinical research collaboration with Array BioPharma to test the latter’s investigational MEK inhibitor, binimetinib in combination with its Opdivo (nivolumab) and Opdivo + Yervoy (ipilimumab) regimen. This could be a treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer in patients with microsatellite stable tumors.

Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo has recently been accepted for priority review in liver cancer.

 

Sanofi and Regeneron Got FDA Approval for Kevzara

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Sanofi and Regeneron announced FDA approval of Kevzara (sarilumab) for the treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adult patientswho have had an inadequate response or intolerance to one or more disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), such as methotrexate (MTX).

Kevzara is a human monoclonal antibody that binds to the interleukin-6 receptor (IL-6R), and has been shown to inhibit IL-6R mediated signaling. IL-6 is a cytokine in the body that, in excess and over time, can contribute to the inflammation associated with RA.

In the US, Kevzara will be marketed by Regeneron and Sanofi Genzyme, the specialty care global business unit of Sanofi.

 

Novartis receives FDA approval for expanded use of Zykadia

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The US Food and Drug Administration approved the expanded use of Zykadia (ceritinib) to include the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors are anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive.

Zykadia first received accelerated approval in 2014 for patients with ALK-positive metastatic NSCLC who progressed on or are intolerant to crizotinib.

In January 2017, the FDA granted Zykadia Breakthrough Therapy designation for the first-line treatment of patients with ALK-positive metastatic NSCLC with metastases to the brain, and Priority Review for first-line ALK-positive metastatic NSCLC.

 

AstraZeneca’s Imfinzi was shown to reduce the risk of disease worsening or death in the Phase III PACIFIC trial

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AstraZeneca and MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, revealed positive results for the Phase III PACIFIC trial of Imfinzi (durvalumab) as sequential treatment in patients with locally-advanced, unresectable (Stage III) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who had not progressed following standard platinum-based chemotherapy combined with radiation therapy.

AstraZeneca also received accelerated approval from the US FDA for Imfinzi in previously treated patients with advanced bladder cancer.

 

Congress Bookers provides a whole range of services needed to organize a group for a medical congress. On our website, you will find a full list of hotel allotments for the most important medical congresses in 2017 and 2018, regardless of their location. The biggest congresses next year are:

  • EASL 2018 – 210 rooms in seven 4-star hotels
  • EAACI 2018 – 615 rooms in fourteen 4-star hotels
  • EHA 2018 – 1200 rooms in thirty 4-star hotels
  • ERS 2018 – 615 rooms in twenty 4-star hotels
  • EURETINA 2018 – 460 rooms in twelve 4-star hotels
  • EASD 2018 – 765 rooms in sixteen 4-star hotels
  • ECTRIMS 2018 – 620 rooms in ten hotels
  • ESMO 2018 – 1092 rooms in twenty-one 4-star hotels.

Top 3 Cities For Medical Congresses in 2018

Time flies. The first half of 2017 has elapsed and we’re slowly but surely preparing for 2018. That’s the thing when you’re operating inside the MICE industry, you need to plan in advance….yes, sometimes a year in advance!

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With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to use our website http://www.congressbookers.com/ and see where some of the biggest medical congresses will take place in 2018. You know, just in case you’re also interested in visiting some amazing cities next year while travelling for a congress.

 

Barcelona

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Home of the following big medical congresses in 2018:

If you’re in Barcelona for one of these congresses, be sure to also visit some of the city’s iconic sites.

 

Sagrada Família

The a large Roman Catholic church is designed by Antoni Gaudí. The latter dedicated more than 40 years (the last 14 of them exclusively) to the project, and is buried beneath the nave.

Construction began in 1882 and when Gaudí died in 1926 less than a quarter of the project was complete. It is hoped the masterpiece will be completed in 2026 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death.

Gaudí’s work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Picasso Museum

This is Barcelona’s most famous museum. The Picasso family moved to Barcelona in 1895 and Picasso lived here until 1904. You can see a unique collection of 4000 works with early sketches and canvases.

 

Vienna

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Home of the following big medical congresses in 2018:

Vienna is a city you’ll fall in love with from the first moment you set foot on its streets. Here are some things that any Vienna visitor should see (although keep in mind that the number of museums in Vienna is truly impressive!):

 

MuseumsQuartier

Designed by Fischer von Erlach, MuseumsQuartier is essentially an ensemble of museums, cafes and restaurants inside former imperial buildings. Its 60,000 sq metres of exhibition space host the Leopold Museum, MUMOK, Kunsthalle, Architekturzentrum and Zoom. The site is considered a true cultural hub.

 

Sigmund Freud Museum

Founded in 1971, the museum is actually where Freud spent his most prolific years and developed his groundbreaking theories. Freud moved here in 1891 but left in 1938 when he was forced into exile by the Nazis. The appartment was later turned into a museum by his daughter Anna.

 

Schloss Schönbrunn

From the 18th century to 1918, Schönbrunn was the residence of the Habsburg emperors. It was designed by the architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Nicolaus Pacassi. The palace is now a Unesco World Heritage site. Of the palace’s 1441 rooms, 40 are open to the public. Its historical importance, beautiful location and gardens make this palace one of the very top sights in Vienna.

 

Munich

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Home of the following big medical congresses in 2018:

An epicentre for rich culture, art and history, Munich has a museum for every interest under the sun. No matter where you are in the city, you are surrounded by its intriguing history.

 

Munich’s Residenz

The former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs is situated in the centre of Munich and it is the largest city palace in Germany. Visitors can admire its architecture, room decorations, and displays from the former royal collections. The complex of buildings contains ten courtyards and displays 130 rooms.

 

Frauenkirche: The Cathedral of Our Dear Lady

Munich’s huge and imposing Frauenkirche was completed in 1488 as a Late Gothic church. The cathedral is 109 meters long by 40 meters wide, with high walls and sturdy twin 100-meter-tall towers. The building has a volume of about 200,000 m³ and  it is said to having had capacity to house 20,000 standing people. A rich collection of 14th to 18th century artwork of artists like Erasmus Grasser, Jan Polack, Hans Leinberger, Hans Krumpper and Ignaz Günther decorates the interior of the cathedral.

 

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Top Pharma News and Developments that Made Headlines in April

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FDA approved Brineura for a specific form of Batten disease

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Brineura as a treatment for a specific form of Batten disease. Being an enzyme replacement therapy, Brineura’s active ingredient (cerliponase alfa) is a recombinant form of human TPP1, the enzyme deficient in patients with CLN2 disease.

Brineura is set to slow loss of walking ability in pediatric patients aged 3 and older suffering from late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 (CLN2), also known as tripeptidyl peptidase-1 (TPP1) deficiency.

The FDA granted approval of Brineura to BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

 

Novartis entered clinical trial agreement with Allergan

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Novartis entered into a clinical trial agreement with Allergan to use its FXR agonist and Allergan’s cenicriviroc (CVC) for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) as part of a Phase IIb study.

NASH is known to be one of the biggest triggers of liver diseases leading to liver transplants worldwide. At the moment, there aren’t any approved treatments for NASH.

As part of the agreement, Novartis and Allergan will conduct a Phase IIb clinical trial to assess the safety, efficacy and tolerability of their combines therapies for NASH.

 

Bristol-Myers Squibb enters into separate agreements with Biogen & Roche

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Bristol-Myers Squibb entered into two separate agreements with Biogen and Roche to License anti-eTau and anti-myostatin compounds.

Under the agreements, Bristol- Myers Squibb plans to license BMS-986168, an anti-eTau compound in development for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), to Biogen, and BMS-986089, an anti-myostatin adnectin in development for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, to Roche.

 

Roche’s Tecentriq won FDA OK

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Genentech, a unit of Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG, got approval from the FDA for its already approved immunotherapy drug, Tecentriq, to treat advanced bladder cancer. The FDA granted Tecentriq an accelerated approval as an initial treatment for patients with advanced bladder cancer who are not eligible for standard cisplatin chemotherapy.

Tecentriq belongs to PD-1 inhibitors drug class. The latter helps the immune system fight cancer by blocking a mechanism used by tumors to escape attack.

 

GlaxoSmithKline’s malaria vaccine Mosquirix to undergo pilot studies in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi

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GlaxoSmithKline’s Mosquirix is set to undergo real-world pilot studies in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, 3 African countries selected by the World Health Organization, starting next year.

The pilots will enroll babies aged between 5 to 17 months. Besides testing the vaccine’s efficacy, the study will also focus upon whether it’s possible or not to deliver 4 doses in the sub-Saharan areas.

World Health Organization selected the three African countries because of their high malaria rates despite broad use of insecticidal bed nets and well-functioning immunization programs.

 

Takeda partners Harrington Discovery Institute for rare disease therapeutics development

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Pharma company Takeda has partnered with Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, to advance breakthrough therapeutic discoveries in rare diseases.

Under the agreement, Takeda will leverage Harrington Discovery Institute’s established operating model to set up a new programme to advance the development of medicines for rare diseases.

The Harrington programme will assist US MD and PhD researchers to carry out disruptive and transformative research, that may lead to the development of new treatments.
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Congress Bookers provides a whole range of services needed to organize a group for a medical congress. On our website, you will find a full list of hotel allotments for the most important medical congresses in 2017, regardless of their location. The biggest congresses next year are: