Tue.May 11, 2021

FDA unexpectedly grounds a gene therapy for a rare heart disease

Bio Pharma Dive

Rocket Pharma’s Danon disease treatment — key to the company's quiet rise over the past year — is the latest gene therapy to be put on hold by the agency. Executives predict only a short delay, however

The responsibility for chronic health issues

World of DTC Marketing

IN SUMMARY: Hypertension, diabetes, and obesity drive a lot of healthcare costs, and the obesity epidemic may be one of the root causes of the rise in rates of hypertension, diabetes and even certain types of cancer.

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Gingko Bioworks to go public through $2.5B SPAC deal

Bio Pharma Dive

Bellco Capital, led by Kite Pharma and Allogene Therapeutics founder Arie Belldegrun, will co-sponsor the transaction alongside Eagle Equity Partners

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New Cell Therapy Shows Promise in Treating HIV

BioSpace

At the Seraph Research Institute, scientists presented new research at the 2021 ASGCT that shows promise in treating HIV

Biogen looks to build better gene therapies through latest deal

Bio Pharma Dive

The collaboration with Capsigen hands Biogen rights to a technology that could support the development of gene therapies for central nervous system and neuromuscular disorders

Tiny, wireless, injectable chips use ultrasound to monitor body processes

Scienmag

Going to Work Could be Safer than Staying Home in a Pandemic, U of Chicago Study Finds

BioSpace

Staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic actually increased the spread of infection, according to new study published by the University of Chicago and, soon, by the National Bureau of Economic Research

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Caris Life Sciences Closes Whopping $830 Million Growth Equity Round

BioSpace

The company has raised approximately $1.3 billion in external financing over the past three years, including $310 million in 2020

Gene therapy offers potential cure to children born without an immune system

Scienmag

New Drugs Could Help Treat Obesity. Could They End the Stigma, Too?

NY Times

The hope is that new treatments will encourage people to think of obesity as a chronic disease, like high blood pressure or diabetes.

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Eliminating bias from healthcare AI critical to improve health equity

Scienmag

Decoding the Trends in COVID-19 Variants: Vaccines and Regions of Concern

BioSpace

New mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are continuing to be discovered. As we’ve seen from the most common variants of the virus, infectiousness appears to be the trait most familiar to all of them

Southern African dinosaur had irregular growth

Scienmag

Credit: Dorling Kindersley Anyone who’s raised a child or a pet will know just how fast and how steady their growth seems to be. You leave for a few days on a work trip and when you come home the child seems to have grown 10cm! That’s all well and good for the modern household, […].

AI in action: Report highlights the real-world benefits of AI in healthcare

Pharma Phorum

Joined up thinking is the key to converting AI-driven advances into real benefits for healthcare systems, say NHSX. Healthcare systems the world over have been facing the same challenges for some time – and the pandemic has only served to compound them.

Researchers find target to fight antibiotic resistance

Scienmag

Significance of molecule in bacteria was previously unknown Credit: Ali Ennis Gram-negative bacteria are the bane of health care workers’ existence. They’re one of the most dangerous organisms to become infected with–and one of the hardest to treat.

Two New Life Sciences VC Funds Established as Investment Appetite Grows

BioSpace

Two new venture capital funds, Droia Ventures and Perceptive Advisors closed on new funds to invest in early-stage life science companies

Heme is not just for Impossible Burgers

Scienmag

Variation in how animals and bacteria use heme reveals potential target for new antibiotics Credit: (Courtesy of Robert Kranz) It took an unlikely food innovation — earth-friendly vegetarian patties, made to taste and “bleed” like the familiar meaty ones — to make people aware of heme.

Cities and States Go All Out on Incentives to Encourage COVID-19 Vaccination

BioSpace

In the U.S., many states and organizations are using unique tactics to improve vaccination rates including setting up mobile vans, offering $100 incentives, and free beers

Low temperature physics gives insight into turbulence

Scienmag

Credit: Lancaster University A novel technique for studying vortices in quantum fluids has been developed by Lancaster physicists.

Charles River: Understanding and mitigating underlying mechanisms behind unwanted toxicities in CAR T cell therapies

BioPharma Reporter

Charles River says the combination of Distributed Bioâs platform, which the CRO recently acquired, with its own downstream characterization capabilities, enables identification of the best lead candidate in CAR T cell therapies â balancing efficacy and safety for optimal therapeutic outcome.

Inhibition of proteins activated by nitric oxide reverses aortic aneurysm in Marfan syndrome

Scienmag

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Pharma Marketing Network

Carol Patel is a digital native that advocates for customer-centricity at every opportunity. She enjoys the challenge of working agency-side, currently leading the Digital Performance Group at Havas Health & You: Village X.

NTU study of ancient corals in Indonesia reveals slowest earthquake ever recorded

Scienmag

Study highlights missing factors or mismodelling in global risk assessments Credit: NTU Singapore A ‘slow-motion’ earthquake lasting 32 years – the slowest ever recorded – eventually led to the catastrophic 1861 Sumatra earthquake, researchers at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have found.

HiltonHead Retina Specialist Surgeon Diabetic Retinopathy Macular Degeneration

BioTech 365

HiltonHead Retina Specialist Surgeon Diabetic Retinopathy Macular Degeneration HiltonHead Retina Specialist Surgeon Diabetic Retinopathy Macular Degeneration The opening of the Hilton Head Retina Institute in Hilton Head, South Carolina, has just been announced.

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Defining climate-smart pathways towards tree crop yield intensification

Scienmag

The trajectory for palm oil production in Indonesia raises sustainability concerns due to deforestation and biodiversity impacts; researchers modeled climate-smart approaches for climate change mitigation in oil palm and other tropical tree crops Credit: Adapted from Monzon et al.

CORRECTING and REPLACING Former FDA and NIH Leader Dr. Vicki Seyfert-Margolis Joins Penrose TherapeuTx Scientific Advisory Board

BioTech 365

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New study: Kefir package claims don’t always accurately reflect composition of commercial products

Scienmag

Researchers reporting in JDS CommunicationsTM found overstated microorganism density and nonlabelled bacterial species, potentially misleading consumers Credit: B.N. Metras, M.J. Holle, V.J. Parker, M.J. Miller, and K.S.

BISTel Showcases Smart Pharma Innovation Award Winner GrandView APM at 2021 Manufacturing Assets and Reliability Conference

BioTech 365

Petting therapy dogs enhances thinking skills of stressed college students

Scienmag

Credit: Washington State University For college students under pressure, a dog may be the best stress fighter around.

Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

BioTech 365

Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results Conference Call to be held Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 5:00 pm EDT DUBLIN, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

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COVID-19 vaccine does not damage the placenta in pregnancy

Scienmag

Study adds to growing evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are safe in pregnancy Credit: Northwestern University CHICAGO — A new Northwestern Medicine study of placentas from patients who received the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy found no evidence of injury, adding to the growing literature that COVID-19 vaccines are safe in pregnancy.

Biodesix Announces First Quarter 2021 Results

BioTech 365

Biodesix Announces First Quarter 2021 Results Biodesix Announces First Quarter 2021 Results First Quarter 2021 Record Revenue of Approximately $28.9

‘Pre-bunk’ tactics reduce public susceptibility to COVID-19 conspiracies and falsehoods

Scienmag

Credit: University of Cambridge A short online game designed to fight conspiracies about COVID-19 boosts people’s confidence in detecting misinformation by increasing their ability to perceive its “manipulativeness” compared to genuine news, according to a study. Go Viral!,

Incyte and MorphoSys Announce First Patient Dosed in Phase 3 frontMIND Study Evaluating Tafasitamab Combination as a First-Line Treatment for Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

BioTech 365

Incyte and MorphoSys Announce First Patient Dosed in Phase 3 frontMIND Study Evaluating Tafasitamab Combination as a First-Line Treatment for Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Incyte and MorphoSys Announce First Patient Dosed in Phase 3 frontMIND Study Evaluating Tafasitamab Combination as … Continue reading → Business Wire

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Study examining biodiversity loss calls for urgent global economy ‘rethink’

Scienmag

New research examining the major causes of the world’s biodiversity loss calls for an urgent and profound re-organisation of the global post-pandemic economy to prevent further planetary harm.

Labcorp and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Join Forces to Raise Awareness of COVID-19 Treatments

BioTech 365

Labcorp and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Join Forces to Raise Awareness of COVID-19 Treatments Labcorp and the U.S.

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Rooting the bacterial tree of life

Scienmag

Credit: The University of Queensland Scientists now better understand early bacterial evolution, thanks to new research featuring University of Queensland researchers.