Volunteers Sought For Drug Trial

Posted: November 09, 1998

Inflammatics Inc., a drug-development firm at the Great Valley Corporate Center in East Whiteland, is looking for volunteers for FDA-approved clinical trials of a drug to manage rheumatoid arthritis.

The Chester County company believes the drug, called LeukoVAX, could serve as a long-term therapy for the disease, in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks soft tissue in joints to cause pain, stiffness and swelling.

LeukoVAX, derived from white blood cells, is injected into the forearm once every five weeks. The current clinical trial is being conducted at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. For details, call Jefferson at 215-955-1413.

The efforts of Inflammatics to develop LeukoVAX got a boost this fall when Viragen Inc. joined the Chester County company in a strategic alliance. Viragen, a publicly held company based in Florida, also uses white blood cells in drug development.

LAW FIRMS * Denise R. Yarnoff of Rydal and John A. Jaros Jr. of Avondale have become senior shareholders at Riley, Riper, Hollin & Colagreco, which has offices in Paoli and Kennett Square. Yarnoff has been with the firm since 1987, and Jaros has practiced there since 1989.

JOINING THE CHAMBER * The Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester has 147 new members this year, 22 of them having joined during a recent half-day membership blitz. The recruitment drive brought the organization's roster total to 682 members.

* The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, with 1,400 members, has set 2,000 as its membership goal for 2000. Volunteer recruiters plan to gather Nov. 17, 18 and 19 at American College in Bryn Mawr to work the telephones and attract new members.

ON THE MOVE * Colburn Insurance Service has left Media and occupied 36,000 square feet of office space at One International Plaza in Tinicum, formerly called Scott Plaza. Colburn is an insurance administration and brokerage firm that has grown steadily and has a work force of 114.

EVENTS * Delaware County Community College will hold an open house from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 to showcase programs in occupational technology at its Malin Road center in Broomall. For information, call the college at 610-359-5050.

You can send suburban business news to Mary Blakinger by e-mail at mary.blakinger@phillynews.com; fax it to 610-313-8227; mail it to her at The Inquirer, 800 River Rd., Conshohocken, Pa. 19428; or call 610-313-8205.

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