July, 2021

Celldex pins its hopes for a comeback on skin disease drug

Bio Pharma Dive

After several setbacks, most notably the failure of a brain cancer vaccine, Celldex has a chance at reinvention should early drug results pan out for the 16-year-old biotech

HCPs use of digital

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: 62% of HCPs spend 3 hours per day accessing digtal resources. More HCPs chose to use smartphones to access digital resources as well and usage has increased when accessing a wide variety of professional content.

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Gene Therapy and Pharmacokinetics

Camargo

How and When to Incorporate PK Design into Your Gene Therapy Development Plan. Gene therapy, which was in its infancy around 30 years ago, is now becoming a more prominent treatment method in many therapeutic areas, from personalized therapy to mass vaccinations against COVID-19.

Regular monitoring may be only way to prevent large COVID-19 outbreaks in schools

Scienmag

New simulations suggest that waiting until a student tests positive is too late for prevention Credit: Paul Tupper (CC BY 4.0, [link] A new study examines factors that underlie COVID-19 outbreaks in schools and suggests that large outbreaks can only be prevented with regular monitoring of everyone in the school setting.

Incyte to Report Second Quarter Financial Results

BioTech 365

Incyte to Report Second Quarter Financial Results Incyte to Report Second Quarter Financial Results WILMINGTON, Del.–(BUSINESS –(BUSINESS WIRE)–Incyte (Nasdaq:INCY) announced today that it has scheduled its second quarter financial results conference call and webcast for 8:00 a.m.

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Virtual reality therapy: The future of chronic pain management?

Pharma Phorum

Could virtual reality tools be effective in helping patients ‘unlearn’ their chronic pain? p harmaphorum speaks to Professor Christopher Eccleston from the University of Bath’s Centre of Pain Research to find out how digital therapeutics are shaping the future of pain management.

Social health: The future of healthcare marketing

Bio Pharma Dive

Approximately 79% of patients look to connect through social media to find answers to their health questions

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The State of Pediatric Clinical Research: An Interview with Paidion CEO Barry Mangum, PharmD, FCP

Camargo

Barry Mangum talks the importance of pediatric research, its evolution over the years, and the obstacles and opportunities that the industry faces as it moves forward. How long have you been in pediatric clinical research, and how did you enter the field?

USC study shows dire impacts downstream of Nile River dam

Scienmag

A Rationally Designed Therapeutic Vaccine for Herpes

BioSpace

The designation was awarded for RVx201, a live-attenuated therapeutic vaccine the company is developing for genital herpes resulting from the herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2) virus

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Sunscreen Because of Benzene Traces

NY Times

The company said it had determined that daily exposure to five Neutrogena and Aveeno sprays would not cause adverse health effects, but recalled the products out of an abundance of caution.

5 FDA decisions to watch in the third quarter

Bio Pharma Dive

The agency is under pressure to grant full approvals to two coronavirus vaccines and faces important questions on how to handle the next Alzheimer's drugs after Aduhelm. A safety review of several arthritis medicines, meanwhile, is ongoing

Is pharma hiring the right people?

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: Older, more experienced employees are being shoved aside in favor of more inexperienced ones. The culture within pharma is driving people away, including new hires. More and more meetings are based on ROI, not the voice of the patient.

In the News: June 2021 Regulatory and Development Updates

Camargo

Each month, Camargo’s “In the News” series highlights important changes and advancements in the regulatory and development space and explores how those changes could impact your program. Old Antidepressants Being Repurposed to Treat Cancer .

In the absence of genetic variation, asexual invasive species find new methods of adapting to their environment

Scienmag

Preclinical Data on New Pancreatic Cancer Drug Shines with over 90% Efficacy

BioSpace

Preclinical data for its drug candidate, LP-184, reportedly showed over 90 percent efficacy in shrinking pancreatic cancer tumors in mouse models in vitro, in-vivo, and ex-vivo

New hope for long COVID blood tests after antibody discovery

Pharma Times

Researchers discover presence of 'autoantibodies' in people with persistent COVID-19 symptoms

Bluebird preps for split by selling manufacturing plant to well-funded startup

Bio Pharma Dive

The startup manufacturing specialist National Resilience, which raised $800 million when it launched last year, will pay Bluebird $110 million for the North Carolina facility, bringing its North American network up to 10

Is it time for vaccination mandates?

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: 99 percent of covid-19 deaths in June were among the unvaccinated. 29 percent of Americans said they were unlikely to get vaccinated — up from 24 percent three months earlier.

Moderna plans triple vaccine targeting flu, COVID and RSV

Pharma Phorum

Buoyed by the success of its COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna has started a phase 1/2 trials of its mRNA-based shot for seasonal influenza, targeting four different flu strains. .

UTA researcher explores 3D printing of multilayered materials for smart helmets

Scienmag

A better helmet to protect soldiers in combat Credit: UT Arlington A mechanical and aerospace engineering professor at The University of Texas at Arlington is developing advanced helmets to ensure that members of the military are as protected as possible from blasts and other types of attacks.

As Lebanon’s Crisis Deepens, Lines for Fuel Grow, and Food and Medicine Are Scarce

NY Times

The World Bank said the financial crisis could rank among the world’s three worst since the mid-1800s. The currency has lost more than 90 percent of its value and unemployment has skyrocketed.

Oxford researchers launch HIV vaccine trial

Pharma Times

Vaccine will be evaluated in 13 HIV-negative adults aged 18-65 years old

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Gene therapy for Fabry: early stages, promising results

Bio Pharma Dive

Three companies are testing their gene therapies in early clinical trials, with initial results due later this year. Others are in preclinical stages and aim to follow soon

How to choose the right digital agency

World of DTC Marketing

INTRODUCTION: One of the most important factors in your digital initiatives’ success, or failure, is the agency you choose. A lot of agencies are competing for our business.

AI-driven ‘clock’ predicts aging-related illness and mortality

Pharma Phorum

Scientists in the US have developed an artificial intelligence-powered ‘clock’ that can estimate a person’s chance of developing an illness or dying based on the pattern of cytokines in their blood.

COVID-19 antibodies persist at least nine months after infection

Scienmag

Credit: Andrea Crisanti Testing of an entire Italian town shows antibody levels remain high nine months after SARS-CoV-2 infection, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic.

ACD/Labs, Science Data Experts establish AI partnership

Outsourcing Pharma

The two companies will work together to come up with solutions that use machine learning and artificial intelligence to help accelerate innovation in R&D. Clinical Development

Koselugo: The First Non-Surgical Alternative for Rare Plexiform Neurofibroma

BioSpace

Notably, Koselugo was studied in pediatric populations first, a reversal of the typical development path taken by the majority of drugs

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A biotech startup raises $117M to deliver gene therapies in a new way

Bio Pharma Dive

Flagship Pioneering, the biotech incubator that created Moderna, is helping fund Ring Therapeutics, a startup hoping to disrupt gene therapy development through the use of a different viral vector

The debate on DTC marketing is going to heat up again

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: DTC marketing is not the reason why prescription drugs cost so much. DTC ads raise awareness around health conditions. DTC ads do NOT lead to unnecessary Rxs. The FDA needs to study what people do when they see a DTC ad.

UK biotech ‘booming’ as sector rakes in £1.6bn in Q2 financing

Pharma Phorum

The UK’s biotechnology sector is going through a purple patch, attracting almost £1.6 billion ($2.2 billion) in financing in the three months to end-May – which is a record for the industry.

Belowground microbial solutions to aboveground plant problems

Scienmag

Credit: Stéphane Hacquard Land plants – plants that live primarily in terrestrial habitats and form vegetation on earth – are anchored to the ground through their roots, and their performance depends on both the belowground soil conditions and the aboveground climate.

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The FDA Should Fully Approve Pfizer and Moderna's Vaccines

NY Times

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective. Full approval from the F.D.A. will help stop the spread of Covid-19. Clinical Trials Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Food and Drug Administration

EU backs approval of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in 12-17 year-olds

Pharma Times

Study in adolescents met it primary endpoint, successfully bridging immune responses to those observed in an efficacy study in adults

A well-funded cancer drug startup brings on GSK's Axel Hoos as CEO

Bio Pharma Dive

Hoos, who led cancer R&D at GSK, will take over as head of Scorpion Therapeutics, a new biotech company that's raised $270 million in venture funding since launching last October

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What DTC marketers can learn from people who refuse a COVID vaccination

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: Even though the Delta variant of COVID is highly contagious, people are still choosing not to get vaccinated. Concerns about safety, fear of unknown side effects, and misinformation about COVID-19 are some reasons why people may not accept the vaccine.