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CAR-T for lupus: the ‘tip of the iceberg’ for cell therapy in autoimmune disease

Bio Pharma Dive

Since a landmark paper in 2022, drugmakers have begun nearly a dozen trials of cell therapies for lupus, with more set to start. Here’s why their efforts are worth watching.

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Merck is on the lookout for more opportunities within immunology

Pharmaceutical Technology

At the JP Morgan Healthcare conference, Merck (MSD) indicated its eagerness to continue to establish its place in the immunological space.

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January 8, 2024: Pragmatic Trials Researchers Share Lessons From Collecting Patient-Reported Outcomes in the Electronic Health Record

Rethinking Clinical Trials

In a new article from the NIH Pragmatic Trials Collaboratory, investigators from 6 of the program’s pragmatic clinical trials share case examples of the challenges they encountered in collecting patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in their trials and the strategies they used to address them. The article was published this week in Contemporary Clinical Trials.

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FDA approves Iovance’s Amtagvi as first T-cell therapy for a solid tumor

Fierce Pharma

The T-cell therapy treatment class, which has transformed the treatment of certain blood cancers, has now reached the solid tumor field thanks to an FDA approval for a first-of-its-kind immunothera | The T-cell therapy treatment class, which has transformed the treatment of certain blood cancers, has now reached the solid tumor field thanks to an FDA approval for a first-of-its-kind immunotherapy developed by Iovance Biotherapeutics.

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The New Age of Decentralized Clinical Trials

White paper that delves into the complex topic of Decentralized Clinical Trials and how to master them within the confines of FDA Regulations

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2024 predictions: Experts comment on AI, ML and automation

Drug Discovery World

DDW’s Megan Thomas spoke to experts from the drug discovery industry about their predictions on what 2024 holds for our sector. This is part of a series of predictions based on different themes. Here, experts weigh in on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and automation in the sector. Updesh Dosanjh, Practice Leader for Pharmacovigilance Technology Solutions, IQVIA “In 2024, the traditional pain points of the pharmacovigilance (PV) space will not disappear.

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The opportunities and challenges facing rare disease therapies developers

pharmaphorum

Explore the opportunities and challenges facing rare disease therapies developers, including the impact of Rare Disease Day, FDA regulations, and cutting-edge technologies like CRISPR gene therapy.

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Positive results for MAIA’s SCLC treatment published in Nature Communications

Pharma Times

The aggressive type of cancer accounts for 13% of all lung cancer cases worldwide

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Joining a clinical trial: Helpful hints for discussions with loved ones

Antidote

Individuals living with an illness are likely well-versed in the art of discussing difficult topics with their family and friends. However, for those who are considering taking part in a clinical trial, there may be extra questions to consider when sharing their intent to enroll.

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Novel Approaches in Cancer Immunotherapy — Featuring OncoC4 founder, CEO and CSO Dr. Yang Liu and CFO Abid Ansari – Xtalks Life Science Podcast Ep. 146

XTalks

This episode features an interview with Yang Liu, PhD, founder, chairman, CEO and chief scientific officer; and Abid Ansari, MBA, Chief Financial Officer at OncoC4 , a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel treatments for cancer. This includes first-in-class immunotherapy products such as novel antibodies and CAR T-cell treatments targeting CTLA-4.

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Patient Engagement Collaborative Announces Eight New Members

CTTI (Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative)

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) announced eight newly selected representatives for the Patient Engagement Collaborative (PEC). The group of 16 patients, caregivers, and patient group representatives meets with the FDA several times a year and discusses a variety of topics such as improving communication, education, and patient engagement related to medical product regulation.

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Roles and Responsibilities of Specialized Clinical Supply Experts

When selecting a clinical supply provider, consideration often focuses upon the manufacturing, packaging, storage and distribution capabilities available that will, at face-value, be sufficient to meet the needs of the sponsor and their trial. However, there are human-based and knowledge-driven factors that are often overlooked that go beyond these basic physical capabilities and are integral to the development and delivery of high performing clinical supply chains.

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Alnylam change to heart drug trial sparks doubts, sinking shares

Bio Pharma Dive

Analysts pressed Alnylam executives on the reasons for the changes to HELIOS-B, a Phase 3 study in ATTR amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy that is important to the company’s future.

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MHRA agrees licence change for Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty vaccine

Pharmaceutical Technology

The UK MHRA has granted approval for a variation in licence of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty XBB.1.5 vaccine targeting Omicron variant.

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January 3, 2024: Special Biostatistics Series Concludes With Missing Data in Cluster Randomized Trials

Rethinking Clinical Trials

In this Friday's PCT Grand Rounds, Rui Wang of Harvard Medical School will offer the final session in our special series, Advances in the Design and Analysis of Pragmatic Clinical Trials, with "Methods for Handling Missing Data in Cluster Randomized Trials." The session will be held on Friday, January 5, at 1:00 pm eastern. Wang is an associate professor of population medicine and the director of the Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and

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Former Pfizer statistician found guilty of insider trading on Paxlovid trial results

Fierce Pharma

A jury has found a former Pfizer statistician guilty of insider trading after a two-week trial in federal court in the Southern District of New York. | A federal jury has found a former Pfizer statistician guilty of insider trading after a two-week trial in Manhattan. The jury convicted Amit Dagar, 44, of Hillsborough, N.J., of using advance information on successful trial results for Pfizer’s COVID-19 treatment Paxlovid to make more than $270,000 in stock trades.

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How Machine Learning Drives Clinical Trial Efficiency

Clinical trial data management is increasingly challenging as studies grow in complexity. Quickly accessing and analyzing study data is vital for assessing trial progress and patient safety. In this paper, we explore real-time data access and analysis for proactive study management. We investigate using adverse event (AE) data to monitor safety and discuss a clinical analytics platform that supports collaboration and data review workflows.

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The killer instinct: Using investigational natural killer therapy to treat Alzheimer’s

Drug Discovery World

DDW Editor Reece Armstrong speaks to Dr Paul Song , MD, NKGen and Dr Vince DeOrchis , clinician, to find out more about the investigational natural killer therapy SNK01 and the benefit of using a patient’s own cells to treat Alzheimer’s. In October 2023, pharmaceutical company NKGen Biotech released data from its Phase I clinical trial on the use of its investigational natural killer therapy, SNK01, to treat patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

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JPM: Four ways FDA is seeking to buoy gene therapy

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Dr Peter Marks, director of the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research told a packed house in San Francisco for JPM that FDA wants to support gene therapies in 2024.

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Enhancement, Efficiency, Equity, and Engagement: Four Trends Shaping Clinical Trials in 2024

ACRP blog

Historically, patient recruitment and retention have been pressing issues within the clinical trial space. Eighty-five percent of trials fail to recruit enough patients, while 80% are delayed due to other factors like participant dropouts. These high rates are influenced by financial, emotional, and logistical barriers to participation, such as geographic location and travel-related costs, which prevent patients from enrolling in trials and accessing life-changing medicine.

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Stop the Presses! DEA and DOJ Fine eBay for not Reporting Sales of Tableting and Pill Press Machines

FDA Law Blog

By John A. Gilbert — Last week, DEA and DOJ announced a $59 million civil penalty settlement with eBay related to the failure to comply with Controlled Substances Act (CSA) requirements for identifying purchasers, maintaining records, and filing reports of individuals selling/purchasing pill presses and encapsulating machines. As stated in the press release , this was the fourth largest civil penalty settlement under the CSA and, ironically, did not involve the sale or distribution of any contr

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What the FDA's New Dosage Guidance Means for the Future of Clinical Research

Speaker: Dr. Ben Locwin - Biopharmaceutical Executive & Healthcare Futurist

What will the future hold for clinical research? A recent draft from the FDA provides valuable insight. In "Optimizing the Dosage of Human Prescription Drugs and Biological Products for the Treatment of Oncologic Diseases," the FDA notes that "targeted therapies demonstrate different dose-response relationships compared to cytotoxic chemotherapy, such that doses below the Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD) may have similar efficacy to the MTD but with fewer toxicities.

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An overview of endometrial cancer

Antidote

Endometrial cancer, also known as endometrial carcinoma or uterine cancer , is a condition that approximately 66,000 individuals are diagnosed with annually, and instances rise roughly 2% in the United States each year. Because it is often caught early, a person’s prognosis is typically good — but it is still a disheartening diagnosis that significantly impacts the lives of those who experience it.

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What Are the Top Oncology Clinical Trial Trends Through the Lens of ESMO?

XTalks

Oncology is recognized as having the largest drug pipeline of any therapeutic area. Estimates based on publicly available information suggest more than 40 percent of all new therapies in development are cancer treatments. Given this hotbed of activity, innovation in the space to drive faster decisions and more efficient trials is intense. There are many aspects of oncology drug development that are driven by the unique nature of the treatments being developed and the needs of the patients, their

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CellVoyant secures £7.6 million seed funding to develop stem cell therapies with AI

BioPharma Reporter

CellVoyant, an AI-first biotechnology spin-out from the University of Bristol accelerating the development of novel cell therapies, has announced a Â7.6 million seed round.

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Viking data suggest obesity drug could rival Zepbound, Wegovy

Bio Pharma Dive

The biotech’s drug led to significant weight loss in a Phase 2 trial, causing shares to double as analysts compared results to the marks set by drugs from Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk.

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2022 Research: The Rapid Rise of Ocean Freight Visibility

A research study conducted by The Journal of Commerce and FourKites surveyed hundreds of international shippers, exploring how their usage of global supply chain visibility technology has evolved since the onset of global disruptions caused by COVID-19. For international shippers, ocean freight visibility has evolved from optional to essential and satisfaction with visibility varies greatly depending on how it is obtained and delivered.

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Alternative therapies are needed to combat the impending threat of AMR

Pharmaceutical Technology

The potentially disastrous consequences of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) were highlighted at the recent World Economic Forum Meeting 2024.

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Osimertinib Resistance and EGFR Mutations in NSCLC Treatment

Bioengineer

The presence of the T790M mutation during first or second-generation EGFR-TKI treatments is observed in 50-60% of patients. This mutation hinders the drug’s binding to the mutant EGFR protein. Osimertinib, however, can covalently bind to the T790M and cysteine-797 (C797) residue at the protein’s ATP binding site, overcoming resistance mechanisms.

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Millions of doses of Pfizer's Paxlovid will go to waste in UK, EU as COVID demand plummets

Fierce Pharma

On the heels of a major Paxlovid inventory write-off in the United States, many more doses of Pfizer's COVID-fighting antiviral are going to waste overseas. | At the end of November, more than 1.5 million courses of Pfizer’s Paxlovid had expired unused in European countries, analysts at Airfinity said in a new report. The total tally of expired doses in Europe is expected to hit 3.1 million by the end of next month, representing a value of $2.2 billion.

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DDW Winter 2023/2024

Drug Discovery World

The DDW Winter issue asks whether AI can deliver better immunotherapies for cancer and includes expert predictions on what to expect from the sector in 2024, alongside a supplement looking at SLAS2024 and an exclusive guide exploring therapeutic antibodies. DDW Winter 2023/2024 The post DDW Winter 2023/2024 appeared first on Drug Discovery World (DDW).

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

Speaker: Steve Goldstein, Sales Leader

Are you currently in sales, or involved in a business that depends on strong sales results? What about the extremely competitive world of medical device sales? What are some of the top challenges your customers face and how do you approach understanding what’s most important to them? Join Steve Goldstein, Sales Success Coach, Motivational Speaker and Medical Device Sales Leader from Gold Selling LLC., to discover critical strategies and approaches you can take to engage your customers, achieve g

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Why amplifying the patient voice is crucial to clinical trial success

pharmaphorum

Amplifying the patient voice is essential for the success of clinical trials. Learn why it is crucial for patient engagement, recruitment, and overall trial success, and how it can address challenges such as transportation and financial barriers.

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Long-Acting Injectable Cabenuva Found More Effective Than Daily ART at Suppressing HIV in Patients With Adherence Challenges

Pharmaceutical Commerce

Cabenuva (cabotegravir + rilpivirine) showed superior efficacy in maintaining viral load suppression in patients with HIV compared with standard of care daily oral antiretroviral treatment.

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Legislative Proposals to Tackle Improper Pharmaceutical Patents in the Orange Book

Drug Patent Watch

A recent article published in Health Affairs, delves into the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) concerns regarding the inclusion of improper patents in the FDA’s Orange Book by pharmaceutical manufacturers. The… The post Legislative Proposals to Tackle Improper Pharmaceutical Patents in the Orange Book appeared first on DrugPatentWatch - Make Better Decisions.

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Rare Disease Day: Understanding the power of diagnosis and connection

Antidote

Rare Disease Day, typically observed on February 28th, will be celebrated this year on February 29th! Rare Disease Day is an awareness holiday intended to generate change for the 300 million people who are diagnosed with a rare disease worldwide, as well as their families and caregivers.

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Mandatory COVID Vaccination Policy Template

New vaccine mandates and testing policies will affect employers with more than 100 workers. Get Paycor’s free, customizable vaccination policy template to communicate critical details and new requirements to your employees. Get Paycor’s Template today!