Aqualung Therapeutics Corp. Awarded $300 Thousand From National Institute of Health (NIH) to Develop a Novel Therapeutic for Pregnant Women at Risk for Preterm Births

TUCSON, AZ / ACCESSWIRE / September 22, 2020 / Aqualung Therapeutics, an early-stage biotech company developing an immune-focused, anti-inflammatory therapeutic platform for unchecked inflammation in patients with serious acute and chronic diseases, has been awarded a one year NIH FAST-TRACK AWARD (1R41 HD101202-01A1) to support development of a humanized antibody therapy for pregnant women with intrauterine infection at risk for preterm birth.Continue reading

C-Path Launches Consortium to Accelerate Medical Product Development in Sickle Cell Disease

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 17, 2020 — The Critical Path Institute (C-Path) today announced the launch of the Critical Path for Sickle Cell Disease (CP-SCD) Consortium to support collaboration and regulatory endorsement of new medical product development tools for sickle cell disease. These tools will help to optimize and de-risk clinical trials to increase efficiency in developing and delivering safe, effective treatments for people living with sickle cell disease.Continue reading

Lilly announces proof of concept data for neutralizing antibody LY-CoV555 in the COVID-19 outpatient setting

– Primary endpoint of viral load change from baseline at day 11 was met for one of three doses; consistent effects of viral reduction seen at earlier time points

– Rate of hospitalizations and ER visits was 1.7 percent (5/302) for LY-CoV555 versus 6 percent (9/150) for placebo–a 72 percent risk reduction in this limited population

– LY-CoV555 was well-tolerated across all doses with no drug-related serious adverse events reported
INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced proof of concept data from an interim analysis of the BLAZE-1 clinical trial, showing a reduced rate of hospitalization for patients treated with LY-CoV555. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 study evaluated LY-CoV555, a SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody, for the treatment of symptomatic COVID-19 in the outpatient setting. The trial enrolled mild-to-moderate recently diagnosed COVID-19 patients across four groups (placebo, 700 mg, 2800 mg, and 7000 mg).Continue reading

Roche receives FDA approval for expanded use of the CINtec PLUS Cytology test to aid clinicians in preventing cervical cancer

  • Next-generation biomarker cytology test supports World Health Organization’s goal to eliminate cervical cancer, which is nearly 100 percent preventable with proper screening, vaccination and treatment –
  • New indication allows this first FDA-approved biomarker-based test to be used as triage for positive cobas HPV tests run on cobas 6800/8800 Systems in primary screening or co-testing programs
  • More sensitive than traditional Pap cytology, this test allows clinicians to determine which HPV-positive women require further diagnostic procedures to prevent disease progression

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