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A New H1N1 Strain From China May Trigger Another Pandemic

Biospace news - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:00
Another pandemic may be building in China. This time, it’s a new strain of the H1N1 swine flu and it’s already jumped to humans.

FDA Gives Pfizer and Merck KGaA’s Bavencio a Thumbs-Up for Urothelial Cancer

Biospace news - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:00
Bavencio is an anti-PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitor co-developed by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, German and Pfizer via EMD Serono, a business unit of the two companies.

Biopharma Update on the Novel Coronavirus: July 1

Biospace news - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:00
Please check out the biopharma industry coronavirus (COVID-19) stories that are trending for July 1, 2020.

Bolt Biotherapeutics Pushes Forward with Initiatives Following $93.5 Million Series C

Biospace news - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:00
Clinical-stage biotechnology company Bolt Biotherapeutics announced today that it has completed a $93.5 million Series C round of financing, led by Sofinnova Investments.

Justice Department Charges Glenmark Pharma with Price Fixing for Generic Drugs

Biospace news - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:00
The U.S. Justice Department charged Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in India, with conspiring with other generic drug companies to increase and hold prices for the cholesterol drug pravastatin between May 2013 and December 2015.

Strategies to Help You Get the Most Value from Regulatory Affairs Professionals

Biospace news - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:00
Meet with regulatory affairs professionals early and often. That’s the message from Neelu Gibson, VP, regulatory affairs, at BD, speaking at Biocom’s June virtual meeting, “Regulatory Affairs…Engagement Do’s & Don’ts.”

Top 12 Biotech Companies Hiring Now

Biospace news - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:00
According to BioSpace research, 55% of biotech professionals feel they are not appropriately paid for their job title/level. Is it time for you to start looking for a new job? Check out the top companies who are looking for candidates like you right now!

Whole-town study reveals more than 40% of COVID-19 infections had no symptoms

World Pharma News - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 15:00
A study of COVID-19 in the quarantined Italian town of Vò, where most of the population was tested, reveals the importance of asymptomatic cases.

The authors of the new research, from the University of Padova and at Imperial College London, published today in Nature, suggest asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people are an important factor in the transmission of COVID-19.

FDA Takes Action to Help Facilitate Timely Development of Safe, Effective COVID-19 Vaccines

World Pharma News - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 12:00
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took important action to help facilitate the timely development of safe and effective vaccines to prevent COVID-19 by providing guidance with recommendations for those developing COVID-19 vaccines for the ultimate purpose of licensure.

Takeda and Carmine Enter $900 Million Non-Viral Gene Therapy Collaboration

Biospace news - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:00
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Carmine Therapeutics inked a research collaboration deal with Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical to develop and commercialize non-viral gene therapies for two rare diseases.

FDA Sets Bar for COVID-19 Vaccine Approval at 50% Effectiveness

Biospace news - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:00
The FDA guidelines also indicated a vaccine would not be approved unless it had “clearly demonstrated” proof of the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness in a clinical trial.

Inovio’s COVID-19 Vaccine Suggests Overall Immune Responses in Phase I Trial

Biospace news - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:00
INO-4800 is one of the experimental vaccines included in the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed that has a goal of having a vaccine available by January 2021.

Merck’s Keytruda Approved for First-Line Treatment of Colorectal Cancer

Biospace news - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:00
The anti-PD-1 therapy was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alone for first-line treatment of unresectable or metastatic microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) colorectal cancer.

Mutated COVID-19 Viral Strain in U.S. and Europe 10 Times More Contagious than Original Strain

Biospace news - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:00
Researchers have found that the strains spreading so quickly in Europe and the U.S. have a mutated S “spike” protein that makes it about 10 times more infectious than the strain that originally was identified in Asia.

Freeline Raises $120 Million to Advance Gene Therapy Programs

Biospace news - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:00
This was on top of Syncona’s previously announced Series C investment in Freeline of $40 million, with another $80 million in new capital.

Could Interferons Be A Potent Weapon Against COVID-19?

Biospace news - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:00
Interferons are proteins produced by the body to fight viral infections by inhibiting its replication in the body.

Biopharma Companies Continue to Expand, Add Jobs Despite Ongoing Pandemic

Biospace news - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:00
Amidst the pandemic, the biopharma industry continues to surge ahead. Jobs look plentiful. Check out these companies that have made recent job announcement expansions.

4 Ways to Stay Productive if You’ve Been Furloughed

Biospace news - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:00
If you’ve been furloughed, it’s normal to feel some apprehension, fear and/or doubt about your employment. These are four ways to stay productive if you’ve been furloughed.

Even in the worst COVID-19 cases, the body launches immune cells to fight back

World Pharma News - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 12:00
A new study from researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) and Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) shows that even the sickest COVID-19 patients produce T cells that help fight the virus. The study offers further evidence that a COVID-19 vaccine will need to elicit T cells to work alongside antibodies.

Existing drugs can prevent SARS-CoV-2 from hijacking cells

World Pharma News - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:00
An international team of researchers has analysed how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, hijacks the proteins in its target cells. The research, published in the journal Cell, shows how the virus shifts the cell's activity to promote its own replication and to infect nearby cells. The scientists also identified seven clinically approved drugs that could disrupt these mechanisms, and recommend that these drugs are immediately tested in clinical trials.