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How 2 scientific pioneers teamed up to run AskBio, Bayer's new gene therapy division

Bio Pharma Dive

Katherine High and Jude Samulski, two well-known gene therapy researchers, were longtime collaborators and competitors. Now they're colleagues at one of the world's largest drugmakers

The importance of your product website

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: Among US adults who looked for health information and used the internet for their most recent search, the percentage who reported accessing health information without frustration was stable during the study period (from 37.2% in 2008 to 38.5% in 2017).

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Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Covid-19 Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses

NY Times

After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.

Brain cell network supplies neurons with energy

Scienmag

Researchers identify important function of the so-called oligodendrocytes Credit: © Group Steinhäuser; from: Cerebral Cortex, January 2018;28: 213-222; doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw368 The human brain has about as many neurons as glial cells.

Cancer-focused biotech turns its tools to building a 2nd-generation coronavirus vaccine

Bio Pharma Dive

As worries about coronavirus mutations grow, Gritstone Oncology will work with the NIH to develop a shot capable of stimulating a broad immune response

Pharma’s move to digital Part 2 DTC Marketing

World of DTC Marketing

OPENING : DTC marketers have relied too much on TV advertising. Despite data that shows that people are watching more TV than usual during the pandemic , there has been an overall and steady decline in traditional TV viewing in the past few years.

Allergic reactions prompt Moderna COVID vaccine pause in California

Pharma Phorum

Public health authorities in California are seeking a halt on dosing of one lot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine after reports of allergic reactions at one immunisation clinic.

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Pfizer, BioNTech say vaccine effective against fast-spreading UK coronavirus variant

Bio Pharma Dive

BioNTech's CEO has also promised data will soon be available on the shot's protection against a South African variant that's worried public health experts

Pharma’s move to digital Part 1 HCP Marketing

World of DTC Marketing

OPENING: Pharma companies are starting to embrace digital marketing forced, in large part, by changes brought on by the pandemic. There is, however, a difference between an evolutionary move to digital and a revolutionary move to digital. Digital marketing is becoming a valuable tool.

Biotech In-Demand Jobs: Project Managers

BioSpace

Project managers in the biotech industry play an especially important role on a daily basis

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Thrombocytopenia Drugs Market: What Newer Agents Are Expected To Enter The Market?

Delveinsight

The launch of a novel drug in the market is not less than a celebration in the pharmaceutical and healthcare market; however, it also brings the real challenge of sustenance in the market. Similar is the picture of the Thrombocytopenia Drugs Market.

Lilly's antibody drug prevents COVID-19 in study, but hurdles to use remain

Bio Pharma Dive

Results from a clinical trial in nursing home residents and staff offered the first evidence Lilly's bamlanivimab could protect against, as well as treat, COVID-19

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Unlocking the potential in rare disease research with decentralised trials

Pharma Phorum

A survey by rare disease patient network Raremark found that 86% of the community members asked were interested in taking part in clinical trials. CEO Jeremy Edwards looks at how decentralised trial models can solve some of the challenges for clinical trial recruitment in rare disease.

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Genome editing to treat human retinal degeneration

Scienmag

Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers New Rochelle, NY, January 19, 2021–Gene editing therapies, including CRISPR-Cas systems, offer the potential to correct mutations causing inherited retinal degenerations, a leading cause of blindness.

Seasonal Flu Nearly Eradicated During Pandemic, Despite Rising COVID-19 Cases

BioSpace

Despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases reported across the globe, rates of influenza have virtually flatlined across the Northern Hemisphere, leading many doctors and researchers to wonder how this could be replicated in non-pandemic times

Long-acting HIV drug secures FDA approval, giving GSK a competitive boost

Bio Pharma Dive

Rather than a once-a-day pill, Cabenuva comes as a once-a-month injection. That convenience could become a valuable tool for GSK as it tries to broaden adoption of two-drug treatments

Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe for elderly people, says WHO

BioPharma Reporter

The World Health Organizationâs Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety says it has not seen any unexpected or untoward increase in fatalities in frail and elderly individuals who have received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Markets & Regulations

Eliminating microplastics in wastewater directly at the source

Scienmag

A research team from INRS has developed a process for the electrolytic treatment of wastewater that degrades microplastics at the source Credit: INRS A research team from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) has developed a process for the electrolytic treatment of wastewater that degrades microplastics at the source.

Nanoparticles: The Next Generation of Vaccine Technology

BioSpace

One approach that is being developed by researchers at Stanford University leveraged nanoparticles. Preclinical research was recently published on it in the journal ACS Central Science

Merck, Bayer win FDA approval for heart failure drug

Bio Pharma Dive

The drugmakers could face an uphill battle, however, to market the medicine, which showed a more modest benefit than expected in a key study

Gilead says Veklury should work against COVID-19 variants

Pharma Phorum

Gilead Sciences says its antiviral Veklury should be effective against the new, more contagious COVID-19 variants discovered in the UK and South Africa.

Cretaceous amber fossil sheds light on bioluminescence in beetles

Scienmag

Credit: YANG Dinghua Bioluminescence has fascinated people since time immemorial. The majority of organisms able to produce their own light are beetles, specifically fireflies, glow-worm beetles, and their relatives.

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FDA Action Alert: Merck, Aurinia and Amgen

BioSpace

After a start-of-the-year lull, activities at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are starting to pick up. Here’s a look

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Lilly expands its cancer drug work with bet on dual-acting antibodies

Bio Pharma Dive

An alliance with Merus, a Dutch biotech, continues Lilly's push to revitalize its oncology research under the leadership of former Loxo Oncology executives

Pfizer/BioNTech ‘encouraged’ by new data on vaccine effectiveness against UK strain

BioPharma Reporter

Pfizer and BioNTech have re-iterated that their COVID-19 vaccine appears to be effective against the UK strain, with the publication of new data today. Bio Developments

Climate and carbon cycle trends of the past 50 million years reconciled

Scienmag

Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Williams Predictions of future climate change require a clear and nuanced understanding of Earth’s past climate. In a study published today in Science Advances, University of Hawai’i (UH) at M?noa

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Study: Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 Antibody Protects the Most Vulnerable from Infection

BioSpace

Protecting the most vulnerable, Eli Lilly’s bamlanivimab significantly reduced COVID-19 risk for nursing home residents in a Phase III trial

Beam, Verve stockpile cash as investors bank on gene editing progress

Bio Pharma Dive

Beam expects to receive $260 million through a private stock placement, while Verve raised $94 million to support initial studies of its heart disease treatment

Eli Lilly Claims Drug Prevents Coronavirus Infection in Nursing Homes

NY Times

A monoclonal antibody protected residents and staff members in facilities where the virus had appeared. Antibodies Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Nursing Homes Disease Rates Elderly Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Elder Care Deaths (Fatalities) Eli Lilly and Company United States

Antibiotic resistance may spread even more easily than expected

Scienmag

Credit: Jan Zrimec/Chalmers University of Technology Pathogenic bacteria in humans are developing resistance to antibiotics much faster than expected.

Race to Vaccinate Increases as COVID-19 Virus Mutates Again

BioSpace

New variants of COVID-19 are popping up all across the globe, including here in the United States

Meet key members of the Biden healthcare team

Bio Pharma Dive

Many officials in the administration will be focused on the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which Biden has named as his top priority as cases and deaths remain near record highs

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In the pipeline: What the next wave of COVID-19 vaccines could look like

BioPharma Reporter

We take a look at some of the COVID-19 vaccine candidates moving through Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials - and how they could offer a point of difference to authorized vaccines. Bio Developments

Lack of physical exercise during COVID-19 confinement may lead to a rise in mortality

Scienmag

47% of Americans Still Hesitant to Get COVID-19 Vaccine, New Poll Says

BioSpace

Americans are still hesitant to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to just-released research from Invisibly

Pricing challenge looms for Novartis as cholesterol drug's US fate remains unclear

Bio Pharma Dive

Pricing inclisiran roughly on par with injectable medicines Repatha and Praluent would be cost-effective, an ICER analysis found. But the FDA recently delayed a decision on the Novartis therapy, leaving it in regulatory limbo

20 most popular prescription painkillers UK

Druggist

The main focus of today’s post is to review the most popular prescription painkillers in the UK. I previously reviewed the popularity of different drugs in the UK, which may interest you: Top 15 most prescribed drugs in the UK & most popular antidepressants in the UK.