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NIH Study Unable to Confirm Benefit of Humanigen’s Lenzilumab in COVID-19

Biospace news - Wed, 07/13/2022 - 02:00
An NIH-sponsored trial assessing a combination of Humanigen's lenzilumab and Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir in hospitalized COVID-19 patients failed to achieve the primary endpoint.

Sanof, Pfizer and More Use Upskilling to Solve the Life Science Talent Shortage

Biospace news - Wed, 07/13/2022 - 02:00
Sanofi, Certara, Pfizer and Thermo Fisher are facing hiring challenges head-on with a common strategy: upskilling programs. They use these programs to fill open roles while training and retaining existing talent.

Research shows investigational drug fosters nerve repair after injury

World Pharma News - Tue, 07/12/2022 - 10:00
Scientists from the University of Birmingham have shown that a brain-penetrating candidate drug currently in development as a cancer therapy can foster regeneration of damaged nerves after spinal trauma.

The research, published in Clinical and Translational Medicine, used cell and animal models to demonstrate that when taken orally the candidate drug, known as AZD1390, can block the response to DNA damage in nerve cells and promote regeneration of damaged nerves, so restoring sensory and motor function after spinal injury.

CRISPR Pioneer Goes Small to Transform Genetic Medicine with Epigenetic Engineering

Biospace news - Tue, 07/12/2022 - 02:00
Epic Bio aims to transform genetic medicine by developing a new class of drugs that target the epigenome to alter gene expression.

Knopp, Population Health Launch Areteia to Breathe New Life into Old Molecule

Biospace news - Tue, 07/12/2022 - 02:00
Backed by biopharma royalty, Areteia Therapeutics will focus on developing an old molecule for a very prevalent disease - asthma.

Verve Tests First One and Done Gene Editing Treatment for Hereditary Killer

Biospace news - Tue, 07/12/2022 - 02:00
Verve Therapeutics dosed its first patient with VERVE-101, a one-time treatment that aims to permanently lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in patients and prevent heart disease.

Moderna mRNA Portfolio on Track to Hit 2025 Goal with Nipah Virus Trial Launch

Biospace news - Tue, 07/12/2022 - 02:00
Moderna has dosed its first participant in a Phase I clinical trial of mRNA-1215, a vaccine designed to fight the Nipah virus (NiV), a virus contracted in humans through animals.

Nanoscope Zooms in on Retinitis Pigmentosa and Stargardt Disease at ASRS

Biospace news - Tue, 07/12/2022 - 02:00
Nanoscope Therapeutics will make two presentations at the 2022 ASRS meeting on their gene therapy programs to treat degenerative retinal diseases, retinitis pigmentosa and Stargardt disease.

Pliant and Annexon Seek and Secure Funds for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Autoimmune Treatments

Biospace news - Tue, 07/12/2022 - 02:00
Annexon and Pliant Therapeutics both made efforts to secure additional financing to support their R&D endeavors.

Bicycle Rides Genentech Partnership to Another Immuno-Oncology Milestone

Biospace news - Tue, 07/12/2022 - 02:00
Genentech has exercised the second option in its potentially $1.7 billion agreement with Bicycle Therapeutics, triggering a $10 million payment.

Well-Versed Sharkey Ready to Take GeoVax from Buyer to Seller

Biospace news - Tue, 07/12/2022 - 02:00
Partnering is an important way to grow a business, and John Sharkey, Ph.D., newly-hired VP of business development for GeoVax, is well-positioned to identify strong partners.

Aldeyra Scores Late-Stage Clinical Win in Competitive Dry Eye Space

Biospace news - Tue, 07/12/2022 - 02:00
Aldeyra Therapeutics announced results from a crossover clinical trial, showing that its drug candidate reproxalap was effective in improving ocular redness and tear production in patients with dry eye disease.

Worms: They’re a Lot Like Us, and that’s Good for Drug Development

Biospace news - Tue, 07/12/2022 - 02:00
Roundworms are the cornerstone of scientific discoveries that have helped shape how we understand human disease and treatment. BioSpace takes a look at advances in C. elegans research.

What You Need to Know to Become a Medical Scribe

Biospace news - Tue, 07/12/2022 - 02:00
There is a growing demand for medical scribes, and for good reason. Read on to discover how and why to become a medical scribe in our complete guide.

The Top 12 Biopharma Companies Hiring Now

Biospace news - Tue, 07/12/2022 - 02:00
The latest employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that employment for healthcare workers is returning to pre-pandemic levels, and biopharma employers appear to be in equally good shape.

NIH launches clinical trial of mRNA Nipah virus vaccine

World Pharma News - Mon, 07/11/2022 - 10:00
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched an early-stage clinical trial evaluating an investigational vaccine to prevent infection with Nipah virus. The experimental vaccine is manufactured by Moderna, Inc., (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and was developed in collaboration with NIAID's Vaccine Research Center. It is based on a messenger RNA (mRNA) platform - a technology used in several approved COVID-19 vaccines.

Vertex Buys ViaCyte in Synergistic Deal Aimed at Curing Type 1 Diabetes

Biospace news - Mon, 07/11/2022 - 02:00
Vertex Pharmaceuticals plans to acquire ViaCyte for $320 million in cash. ViaCyte focuses on stem cell-derived cell replacement therapies that they hope will cure type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Exelixis to Approach FDA with Mixed Renal Cell Carcinoma Data

Biospace news - Mon, 07/11/2022 - 02:00
Exelixis' Cabometyx, in combination with two BMS-owned drugs, hit the primary endpoint of progression-free survival but missed the secondary endpoint of overall survival in renal cell carcinoma.

Innoviva Snags Lucrative La Jolla Portfolio in $149M Deal

Biospace news - Mon, 07/11/2022 - 02:00
Innoviva Inc. and La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company announced Monday that they had entered into a $149-million merger agreement.

HRA Pharma Seeks Approval for OTC Birth Control as Biden Mulls Emergency Action

Biospace news - Mon, 07/11/2022 - 02:00
HRA Pharma, a Perrigo company, has submitted an application to the FDA seeking approval for the country’s first-ever over-the-counter (OTC) birth control pill.