Month: October 2020

World first: focused ultrasound opens blood-brain barrier for delivery of therapeutic in Parkinson’s disease


Excerpt from the Article: In a groundbreaking, world-first clinical trial, a team of researchers from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and University Health Network are using focused ultrasound technology to deliver a therapeutic directly to affected brain regions in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Parkinson’s affects more than 6 million people around the world. It is…

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IncellDx to Study Maraviroc, a CCR5 antagonist, in a COVID-19 Phase 2 Clinical Trial


Excerpt from the Press Release: SAN CARLOS, Calif., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — IncellDx will collaborate on the SARS-CoV2 Clinical Trial NCT04435522 involving Pfizer’s FDA-approved CCR5 antagonist Maraviroc.  The trial “Open-Label Study of Maraviroc in Hospitalized Individuals Diagnosed With SARS-CoV-2″seeks to establish whether a one week treatment with Maraviroc, used at its approved dosage for…

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Atea Pharmaceuticals Announces Strategic Collaboration with Roche to Develop and Distribute AT-527 for Patients with COVID-19 Roche Obtains Exclusive Right to Develop and Distribute AT-527 Outside the United States


Excerpt from the Press Release: BOSTON, Oct. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Atea Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing antiviral therapeutics to improve the lives of patients suffering from life-threatening viral infections, today announces that the company has entered into an agreement with Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX:…

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Fabric Genomics Launches GEM Algorithm to Accelerate Genetic Disease Diagnosis, Provide Comprehensive Clinical-Decision Support


Excerpt from the Press Release: OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fabric Genomics, a global leader in clinical interpretation of genomic data, announced today the launch of Fabric GEM, a novel algorithm that quickly and efficiently identifies the likely genetic cause of rare diseases from next-generation sequencing data – enabling faster diagnosis and the possibility of faster and more…

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Moderna enrolls final volunteers into key coronavirus vaccine study


Excerpt from the Article: When Moderna began research on a vaccine for the virus now known as SARS-CoV-2 in late January, confirmed cases of infection were largely contained within China and the public health catastrophe that’s since unfolded was a threat, not reality.  The prospect of designing, testing, and proving a vaccine within a year…

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Listen: How the FDA thinks about Covid-19 vaccines, biotech’s SPAC fascination, & Biogen’s case in Alzheimer’s


Check out the latest from The Readout Loud podcast: “Whose voice rings loudest at the FDA? Is it wise to give hedge funds a blank check? And how will the Biogen saga end? We discuss all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, STAT’s Helen Branswell joins us to…

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Gene Therapy Company AavantiBio Launches with $107 Million Series A Financing from Perceptive Advisors, Bain Capital Life Sciences, RA Capital Management and Sarepta Therapeutics


Excerpt from the Press Release: CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A premier syndicate of life sciences investors including Perceptive Advisors, Bain Capital Life Sciences (“Bain Capital”), and RA Capital Management (“RA Capital”) (collectively the “Investor Group”) together with Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (“Sarepta”) (NASDAQ: SRPT), a leader in precision genetic medicine for rare…

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Ask us Anything In Clinical Research – Contract Research Organizations & Outsourcing


Last week we held our fourth virtual networking meeting in our ongoing series called Ask us Anything In Clinical Research. For our fourth meeting we covered the topic of Contract Research Organizations and Outsourcing. Our guest for this meeting was Peter Heessels, Vice President of Business Development for JSS Research. Thank you to everyone who…

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Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) Authorizes Sorrento Therapeutics’ Large Phase 2 Clinical Trial of Abivertinib in Mild, Moderate and Severe COVID-19 Patients


Excerpt from the Press Release: SAN DIEGO, Oct. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SRNE, “Sorrento”) today announced receipt of clearance from the Brazilian regulatory agency (ANVISA) to proceed with a Phase 2 clinical trial of Abivertinib in mild, moderate and severe COVID-19 patients. The Brazil study is a Phase 2, Randomized,…

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Lactiga Announces NIH-Funded Partnership with Mount Sinai to Advance its Patented Biologic for COVID-19 Treatmen


Excerpt from the Press Release: PRINCETON, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lactiga Inc., a biotechnology company advancing its patented anti-infective biologic, LCTG-001, announced today a collaboration agreement with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to advance preclinical research into LCTG-001 as a potential treatment for COVID-19 patients. The collaborative team, led by Dr. Rebecca Powell, Assistant Professor…

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