Tue.Nov 23, 2021

AstraZeneca, after years of delays, opens UK hub meant to recharge drug research

Bio Pharma Dive

Formally unveiled five years after originally planned, the $1 billion headquarters will become the British drugmaker's second-largest R&D center by headcount

Insulin costs ignore the root cause of diabetes

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OPENING: As the NY Times recently reported , obesity is the leading cause of mortality in the United States. Obesity costs the nation $1.72 trillion every year.

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GSK dives into NASH, RNA interference with Arrowhead deal

Bio Pharma Dive

GSK has secured rights to a genetic medicine in early-stage human testing for NASH, a disease thought to affect millions of people and which has proven to be a tough target for drugmakers

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For a fungus, the right “accessories” can make or break a relationship with a plant

Scienmag

For a fungus, the right “accessories” can make or break a relationship with a plant Credit: APS For a fungus, the right “accessories” can make or break a relationship with a plant Plants interact with a diversity of organisms over the course of their lifetime, but even very similar microbes can cause opposite reactions. Two […].

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An Innovative & Creative Problem Solver Approach to Selling in the Medical Device Space

Speaker: Steve Goldstein, Sales Leader

Currently in sales or involved in a business that depends on strong sales results? Join Steve Goldstein, Sales Success Coach, Motivational Speaker and Medical Device Sales Leader from Gold Selling LLC. You will absorb critical strategies to become a trusted partner in greater sales success.

UK-wide whole genome sequencing for newborns is feasible – but there are some key questions to answer first

Pharma Phorum

Genomics England, the Department of Health and Social Care’s genome-sequencing hub, has this year announced that support for whole genome sequencing (WGS) has reached a level at which its national rollout on the NHS may someday become a reality.

Understanding Eraser Enzymes

Scienmag

University of Delaware biochemist Jeff Mugridge is trying to figure out how so-called mRNA eraser enzymes work in our cells, why those erasers can sometimes misbehave and lead to cancer, and how science can pave the way for possible solutions to this problem.

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Neurobiologists reveal how value decisions are coded into our brains

Scienmag

In 2019 University of California San Diego researchers discovered the area of the brain where “value decisions” are made. Credit: UC San Diego In 2019 University of California San Diego researchers discovered the area of the brain where “value decisions” are made.

Bonus BioGroup’s MesenCure Shows Promise Against COVID-19 Pneumonia

BioSpace

Bonus BioGroup’s product is back in the news again as its cell therapy promises to treat late-stage COVID-19

New chip hides wireless messages in plain sight

Scienmag

Emerging 5G wireless systems are designed to support high-bandwidth and low-latency networks connecting everything from autonomous robots to self-driving cars. But these large and complex communication networks could also pose new security concerns.

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AstraZeneca cuts the ribbon on its $1bn R&D lab in Cambridge

Pharma Phorum

After years of delays and rising costs, AstraZeneca has formally unveiled its $1 billion R&D facility in Cambridge, said to be the biggest science lab of its kind in the UK.

Mandatory COVID Vaccination Policy Template

The federal government is developing a rule requiring employers with more than 100 employees ensure their workers are vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test weekly before entering the workplace. So, what can your organization do to prepare? Get Paycor’s COVID Vaccination Policy Template to help communicate important details to your employees.

New species of green microalga identified in São Paulo

Scienmag

A group led by researchers affiliated with the Phycology Laboratory at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, have discovered a new species of green microalga in a reservoir located in the northwest of the state.

Chinese tech giant Baidu licenses mRNA algorithm to Sanofi

Pharma Phorum

Sanofi has bolstered its push into mRNA-based therapies with a new licensing deal – but not as might be expected with some up-and-coming biotech company.

When bees get a taste for dead things

Scienmag

A little-known species of tropical bee has evolved an extra tooth for biting flesh and a gut that more closely resembles that of vultures rather than other bees.

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USDA Cautiously Optimistic About SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Wildlife Populations

BioSpace

A preprint in bioRxiv from Penn State showed SARS-CoV-2 was detected in 33% (94) of the 283 white-tailed deer tested in Iowa between November 23, 2020 and January 10, 2021

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Dopamine plays key role in songbird mating

Scienmag

In humans, the dopamine system has been tied to rewards and pleasurable sensations. As well as to memory and learning.

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COVID-19: Dire Predictions from WHO and Good News for Older Patients

BioSpace

Although vaccines and effective therapeutics are powerful tools in preventing and treating COVID-19, we’re not done battling the disease just yet. For those stories and more, read on

Deeper defense against cyber attacks

Scienmag

To address the growing threat of cyberattacks on industrial control systems, a KAUST team including Fouzi Harrou, Wu Wang and led by Ying Sun has developed an improved method for detecting malicious intrusions.

FDA Greenlights First Treatment for Refractory Post-transplant CMV

BioSpace

The FDA approved Takeda’s Livtencity (maribavir) for adults and children 12 years or older with post-transplant cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection

Cooled RFA relieves pain after knee replacement

Scienmag

CHICAGO – A minimally invasive ablation procedure offers long-term relief for patients who experience chronic and debilitating pain after knee replacement surgery, according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Merck and Dragonfly, Together Again

BioSpace

Merck opted to license its second TriNKET immunotherapy candidate from Dragonfly Therapeutics. The option came one year after Merck licensed its first immunotherapy candidate

Autism changes brain’s white matter over time

Scienmag

Allorion Debuts with $40 Million to Enhance and Discover Precision Targets

BioSpace

The precision medicine company is developing mutant selective and isoform-specific drugs in non-conventional ways for well-known targets in the oncology and autoimmune spaces

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Global warming, not just drought, drives bark beetles to kill more ponderosa pines

Scienmag

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., November 23, 2021—In California’s Sierra Nevada, western pine beetle infestations amped up by global warming were found to kill 30% more ponderosa pine trees than the beetles do under drought alone.

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Money on the Move: November 17 – 23

BioSpace

Plenty to be thankful for this week for these biopharma companies, especially with the influx of cash

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Research at MDI Biological Laboratory sheds new light on effects of dietary restriction

Scienmag

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – In new research, Aric N. Rogers, Ph.D.,

AML Study Placed Under Partial Hold Following Patient Death

BioSpace

Shares of Kura Oncology have plunged nearly 30% in premarket trading after the FDA placed a partial clinical hold on the company’s Phase Ib leukemia study following the report of a patient's death

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eDNA sequencing will enable scientists to explore piscine diversity in the Amazon without catching fish

Scienmag

A scientific expedition in the Javari River basin on the border between Brazil, Colombia and Peru has shown use of environmental DNA sequencing to be feasible to investigate fish diversity in the Amazon.

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Buoyed by new data, Santhera preps filing for DMD drug vamorolone

Pharma Phorum

A year ago, Swiss biotech Santhera was slashing staff to cut costs after it abandoned lead Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) therapy idebenone. Now, it’s ready to file replacement drug vamorolone, armed with new data from a pivotal trial, in what looks like a reversal of its fortunes.

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Robotics and artificial intelligence to improve health rehabilitation

Scienmag

A Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) spin-off, Inrobics Social Robotics, S.L.L., has developed a robotic device that provides an innovative motor and cognitive rehabilitation service that can be used at health centres as well as at home.

Novartis may have found a buyer for Sandoz; report

Pharma Phorum

Just a few weeks after Novartis revealed it was considering a sale of its generics business Sandoz, there are reports that a potential buyer has already come forward.

Reboot and recall: new brain hub for memory restoration identified

Scienmag

Christchurch, November 23, 2021 – The mammalian brain houses a complex network of structures that support memory, and a small region called the anterior thalamus is a critical part of this system.

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CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Perpetuated Opioid Crisis, Jury Finds

NY Times

This is the first jury verdict in an opioids case. The decision embraced a key legal argument that judges in other opioids cases had recently rejected.

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NASA provides update on Webb telescope launch

Scienmag

The launch readiness date for the James Webb Space Telescope is moving to no earlier than Dec. 22 to allow for additional testing of the observatory, following a recent incident that occurred during Webb’s launch preparations.

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AstraZeneca opens new advanced therapeutics R&D facility in Cambridge

BioPharma Reporter

AstraZeneca has built a new R&D facility - The Discovery Centre (DISC) - in Cambridge in the UK. Bio Developments

A new snow tracking sensor

Scienmag

Roofs collapsing under heavy snow, mini-avalanches in cities, and flash floods are just some of the winter headaches that could be resolved if there were a better way to track snow cover.