Tue.Jun 15, 2021

CRISPR, with new partner, to develop gene editing therapies for ALS, nerve disorder

Bio Pharma Dive

A deal with biotech startup Capsida, which recently raised $140 million, gives CRISPR access to a Caltech technology that aims to improve the delivery of genetic medicines

Telehealth use drops as hype expires

World of DTC Marketing

QUICK POINTS: Telemedicine claims as a proportion of all commercial health insurance claims decreased by 5.1% nationwide from February to March, after a steeper decline of 15.7% from January to February as vaccination efforts increased and COVID-19 increased. Cases declined as a result.

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Sage antidepressant succeeds in key study, but data raise questions

Bio Pharma Dive

The trial, called WATERFALL, is the most important test of zuranolone, a drug that's crucial for Sage's future and the focus of a recent multi-billion dollar bet by Biogen

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Patient-Centric Approach and FDA Expertise Lead to Orphan Approval

Camargo

Challenge. An international company developing an orphan drug product needed support navigating the US regulatory process from beginning formulation to NDA approval from a partner with experience in FDA interactions and a deep understanding of the Agency’s evolving thinking. Background.

Former FDA chief Hahn joins venture firm that launched Moderna

Bio Pharma Dive

Hahn's appointment as chief medical officer of Flagship Pioneering is another example of FDA officials joining industry after their government service. Hahn's predecessor, Scott Gottlieb, sits on Pfizer's board of directors

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A roadmap for adopting New Science 

Pharma Phorum

The pandemic’s disruption galvanised the biopharma industry into unprecedented action, demonstrating what’s possible when the global scientific community collaborates in exceptional ways and public-private partnerships drive innovation to address a common need.

Biogen gene therapy deal has yet to bear fruit

Bio Pharma Dive

Another gene therapy from Nightstar Therapeutics, which Biogen bought for $800 million in 2019, has failed in a key clinical study

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Nematic transition and nanoscale suppression of superconductivity in an iron chalcogenide

Scienmag

Nematic fluctuations can be “pinned” by structural disorder, which hinders superconductivity in particular regions of a high-temperature superconductor Credit: Ilija Zeljkovic/Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass.

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Brains Bioceutical Corp. Completes a USD $31.9 Million Capital Raise with Lead Investor DSM Venturing

BioTech 365

Brains Bioceutical Corp. Completes a USD $31.9 Million Capital Raise with Lead Investor DSM Venturing Brains Bioceutical Corp. Completes a USD $31.9 Million Capital Raise with Lead Investor DSM Venturing VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Brains Bioceutical Corp.

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Semiconductor technology mitigates fire risk in electric vehicle batteries

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Scientist.com Partners with Top CROs to Offer Disease Models for Cancer Research

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Invention uses machine-learned human emotions to ‘drive’ autonomous vehicles

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Janux Therapeutics Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering and Full Exercise of Underwriters’ Option to Purchase Additional Shares

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Janux Therapeutics Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering and Full Exercise of Underwriters’ Option to Purchase Additional Shares Janux Therapeutics Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering and Full Exercise of Underwriters’ Option to Purchase Additional Shares LA JOLLA, Calif.–(BUSINESS

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Drone footage reveals social secrets of killer whales

Scienmag

Credit: University of Exeter Killer whales have complex social structures including close “friendships”, according to a new study that used drones to film the animals.

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ICON Shareholders Vote in Favour of All Resolutions at its Extraordinary General Meeting

BioTech 365

ICON Shareholders Vote in Favour of All Resolutions at its Extraordinary General Meeting ICON Shareholders Vote in Favour of All Resolutions at its Extraordinary General Meeting DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ICON plc (NASDAQ: ICLR) (“ICON”), a global provider of outsourced drug and device … Continue reading → Business Wire

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Enormous flock of declining shorebird discovered in South Carolina

Scienmag

Small island hosts world’s largest night roost for whimbrel Credit: Matt Aeberhard/Cornell Lab of Ornithology CHARLESTON, S.C. June 15, 2021) – It’s not every day that someone discovers a new-to-science bird migration spectacle.

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Columbia Care Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Medicine Man, a Rapidly Growing, Vertically Integrated Operator in the Denver Metro Area

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Columbia Care Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Medicine Man, a Rapidly Growing, Vertically Integrated Operator in the Denver Metro Area Columbia Care Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Medicine Man, a Rapidly Growing, Vertically Integrated Operator in the Denver Metro Area … Continue reading → Business Wire

EU Clinical Trial Regulation: What, When, Who, Why, How?

CATO Research

The long-anticipated European Union (EU) Clinical Trial Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 536/2014) (CTR), intended to improve and coordinate the submission and review process for clinical trials via a centralized portal, is finally knocking at our doors.

Data and safety review board reports how it monitored the COVID-19 vaccine trials

Scienmag

Responsibility for the safety, integrity and scientific validity of the trials fell to 12 experts of the COVID-19 Vaccine Data and Safety Monitoring Board, who now have taken the unusual step of publishing details of their review process Credit: UAB BIRMINGHAM, Ala.

Alvotech Reaches Primary Completion Date in Its Switching Study for AVT02, a Proposed Interchangeable Biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira®

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PSMA-targeted radiotracer pinpoints metastatic prostate cancer across anatomic regions

Scienmag

Newly FDA-approved imaging agent now available for patients Credit: Images courtesy of Lantheus Holdings, Inc., Billerica, MA. Reston, VA (Embargoed until 3:00 p.m.

Phase Genomics Releases Platform for Discovering New Viruses in Microbiome Samples

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Balanced rocks set design ground motion values for New Zealand dam

Scienmag

Credit: Mark Stirling For the first time, researchers have used precariously-balanced rocks to set the formal design earthquake motions for a major existing engineered structure–the Clyde Dam, the largest concrete dam in New Zealand.

Biological Dynamics to Participate in the Nephron Research Liquid Biopsy Innovation Symposium

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Biological Dynamics to Participate in the Nephron Research Liquid Biopsy Innovation Symposium Biological Dynamics to Participate in the Nephron Research Liquid Biopsy Innovation Symposium Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 12:10 p.m. ET / 9:10 a.m.

At underwater site, research team finds 9,000-year-old stone artifacts

Scienmag

Inscopix Unveils First Demonstration of Optical-based ‘Wearable’ for Real-Time Measurement of Brain Activity in Non-Human Primates

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For transplant recipients, third time may be the charm for better COVID vaccine protection

Scienmag

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say study findings suggest booster doses should be investigated for those who are immunocompromised Credit: Graphic created by M.E. Newman, Johns Hopkins Medicine, with public domain images and background artist rendition of SARS-CoV-2 courtesy of the U.S.

MedTech Innovator Unveils Top 50 Medtech Startups Selected for Annual Showcase and Accelerator

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MedTech Innovator Unveils Top 50 Medtech Startups Selected for Annual Showcase and Accelerator MedTech Innovator Unveils Top 50 Medtech Startups Selected for Annual Showcase and Accelerator 2021 Cohort to Prominently Feature the Industry’s Best and Brightest Startups Working to Transform … Continue reading → Business Wire

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Bending light for safer driving; invisibility cloaks to come?

Scienmag

Optical cloaks hide objects in plain view by controlling the flow of electromagnetic radiation around them Credit: Figure reproduced with permission from Sci.

Visus Therapeutics Announces Executive Leadership Appointments in Operations, Research, Clinical Operations and Intellectual Property

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Main gland in hormonal system ages due to process that can potentially be slowed down

Scienmag

Credit: © KU Leuven – Emma Laporte (first co-author of the study). Image created with BioRender. Stem cell biologist Hugo Vankelecom (KU Leuven) and his colleagues have discovered that the pituitary gland in mice ages as the result of an age-related form of chronic inflammation.

Sermo Acquires Minter Group to Meet Growing Demand for HCP Insights in APAC Region

BioTech 365

Sermo Acquires Minter Group to Meet Growing Demand for HCP Insights in APAC Region Sermo Acquires Minter Group to Meet Growing Demand for HCP Insights in APAC Region Acquisition Adds 50,000+ HCPs to Global Research Panel NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sermo, the … Continue reading → Business Wire

NSF CAREER Award, Department of Energy grant to study atmospheric gases

Scienmag

Credit: Virginia Tech “The picture we have in our mind of air pollution is black smoke billowing out of a smokestack or tailpipe,” said Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. “But the truth is that it is much more complicated.”

EchelonDx and Oncocyte Announce Collaboration to Create Seamless Informatics Software to Scale Proprietary Clinical Test Offerings

BioTech 365

EchelonDx and Oncocyte Announce Collaboration to Create Seamless Informatics Software to Scale Proprietary Clinical Test Offerings EchelonDx and Oncocyte Announce Collaboration to Create Seamless Informatics Software to Scale Proprietary Clinical Test Offerings RENO, Nev.–(BUSINESS

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Soaking up the sun: Artificial photosynthesis promises clean, sustainable source of energy

Scienmag

Credit: Purdue Univeristy/Rebecca McElhoe Humans can do lots of things that plants can’t do. We can walk around, we can talk, we can hear and see and touch. But plants have one major advantage over humans: They can make energy directly from the sun.

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Real Chemistry Appoints Mary Stutts as Global Chief Inclusion and Health Equity Officer

BioTech 365

Real Chemistry Appoints Mary Stutts as Global Chief Inclusion and Health Equity Officer Real Chemistry Appoints Mary Stutts as Global Chief Inclusion and Health Equity Officer Healthcare Industry Veteran and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Pioneer Joins Executive Leadership Team … Continue reading → Business Wire

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Use of PFAS in cosmetics ‘widespread,’ new study finds

Scienmag

Credit: University of Notre Dame Many cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada likely contain high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a potentially toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame.