COVID-19

We Thought It Was Just a Respiratory Virus

08/05/2020

Excerpt from the article: “In late January, when hospitals in the United States confirmed the presence of the novel coronavirus, health workers knew to watch for precisely three symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. But as the number of infections climbed, the symptom list began to grow. Some patients lost their sense of smell…

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San Diego’s Truvian enters COVID-19 testing game with low-cost kit that delivers results in 10 minutes

08/04/2020

Excerpt from the Article: “San Diego start-up Truvian Sciences has received federal emergency approval for a blood test that detects COVID-19 antibodies in as little as 10 minutes. Called Easy Check, the portable test will be sold by Truvian to health professionals for about $15 and has an accuracy rate in excess of 98 percent,…

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Inovio stock surges after experimental Covid-19 vaccine shows long-term protection in animals

08/02/2020

Excerpt from the article: “Inovio’s stock climbed as much as 15% in pre-market trading Thursday after the Montgomery County biopharmaceutical company announced its Covid-19 vaccine candidate was effective in protecting non-human primates from the virus 13 weeks after the last vaccination. The stock was up more than 6% to $20.73 per share at Thursday’s close.…

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Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine proves successful with primates

08/01/2020

Excerpt from the article: “A single-shot vaccine for COVID-19 being developed by a group of scientists, led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) immunologist Dan H. Barouch, has proven successful in tests on primates and could begin phase 3 trials as early as September. The results of the tests on the vaccine, developed at…

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Selva Therapeutics Announces $3 Million Series A Financing to Advance a Novel Broad Spectrum Antiviral for Infectious Diseases, Including COVID-19

07/31/2020

Excerpt from the Press Release: “SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Selva Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that the company has raised $3 million in a Series A financing round from private investors. The proceeds of the financing will be used to rapidly advance SLV213 into clinical trials as a leading oral drug candidate for the treatment of COVID-19, the…

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PerkinElmer Releases New Dried Blood Spot Based COVID-19 Serology Test

07/30/2020

Excerpt from the Press Release: “WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE:PKI), a global leader committed to innovating for a healthier world, today announced the launch of a dry blood spot (DBS) based test for SARS-CoV-2 IgG using its GSP®/DELFIA® platform, enabling processing of up to 5,000 samples per day. The finger-prick sample collection device allows for…

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Two COVID-19 Clinical Trials Seek to Enroll Pregnant Women

07/29/2020

From The Scientist comes this exciting new development in clinical research into COVID-19: “Upon seeing pregnant women sick with COVID-19 at a University of Pennsylvania hospital, researchers there wrote trial protocols for blood transfusions to treat the disease that include expecting mothers. As a translational infectious disease researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School…

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Innovation Pharmaceuticals’ Brilacidin Inhibits Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) by Almost 90% at the Lowest Concentration Tested to Date in a Human Lung Cell Line

07/27/2020

Excerpt from the Press Release: “WAKEFIELD, MA – July 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Innovation Pharmaceuticals (OTCQB:IPIX) (“the Company”), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, reports today receiving new data from ongoing laboratory testing being conducted at a U.S. Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL). The data is helping to inform the planned Phase 2 clinical trial of Brilacidin…

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‘Planning to vaccinate everyone in the US,’ Moderna outlines efforts to supply their Covid-19 vaccine as manufacturing ramps up ahead of PhIII

07/24/2020

Excerpt from the article: “Twelve days from the planned start of their Phase III pivotal trial, the executive crew at Moderna has set up the manufacturing base needed to begin production of the first 500,000 doses of their Covid-19 vaccine with plans to feed it into a global supply chain. But the initial batches will…

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Heron Therapeutics Announces Initiation of Phase 2 Clinical Study of CINVANTI® for the Treatment of COVID-19

07/22/2020

Excerpt from the Press Release: “SAN DIEGO, July 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Heron Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: HRTX), a commercial-stage biotechnology company focused on improving the lives of patients by developing best-in-class treatments to address some of the most important unmet patient needs, today announced the initiation of the GUARDS-1 Study, a Phase 2 clinical study…

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