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Sep 24, 2020
Speeding the Delivery of CAR-T Therapies While Cutting the CostSeptember 24, 2020
CAR-T therapies are an area of great promise for improving outcomes for cancer patients, but the process of preparing cells taken from a patient and genetically modifying them is time consuming and costly. Exuma Biotech believes it can address the cost and time involved in the preparation of these products with its rapid, point-of-care platform technology. We spoke to Greg Frost, chairman and CEO Exuma Biotech, about CAR-T therapies, how its technology works, and how it is working to cut the...
Sep 17, 2020
Transforming Infused Biologics into InjectablesSeptember 17, 2020
The administration of biologics can be challenging because of the sheer volume of product needed to deliver a dose to a patient. It is for this reason that many of these therapies must be infused into a patient, a process that is disruptive, costly, and can take several hours. Halozyme’s Enhanze drug delivery technology has been used by a number of biologics producers to take a therapy that would otherwise need to be infused to allow it to be administered with a subcutaneous injection. We...
Sep 10, 2020
A Novel Approach to NASH That May Have Benefits for COVID 19 As WellSeptember 10, 2020
NASH, a form of fatty liver disease, causes progressive damage and can lead to inflammation, fibrosis, and the development of cancer. It has become an increasing health concern as the Western diet has spread throughout the globe. Today it is estimated that as much as 5 percent of the world’s population has NASH with a greater percent of people with the condition in the United States. There is no simple blood test to diagnose NASH, which means it often progresses to a fibrotic stage before it...
Sep 03, 2020
Will a Focus on Protein Dysregulation Help Prothena Break from the FoldSeptember 03, 2020
The complexity of neurodegenerative diseases has made it a challenging area for drug developers. Gene Kinney, CEO of Prothena, has long been involved in the pursuit of therapies for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and believes there has been great progress in understanding and targeting these conditions. In fact, he says we are entering a golden age of neuroscience. We spoke to Kinney about the state of drug development for neurodegenerative conditions, Prothena’s pipeline, and its effort to...
Aug 27, 2020
After FDA Set Back, AI Driven Drug Company Advances with New CEOAugust 27, 2020
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration delivered a blow to Pharnext in 2019 when it told the company it should conduct an additional late-stage study of its experimental therapy for the rare neurological condition Charcot-Marie Tooth disease. A manufacturing problem that affected the dose delivered to some patients invalidated one the arms of its study. The company uses artificial intelligence and network pharmacology to identify molecules that may be involved in modulating a disease and searches...
Aug 20, 2020
A Gamified Therapy System Helps People with Brain Injury RecoverAugust 20, 2020
MindMotion GO is a first-of-its-kind mobile neurorehabilitation therapy system that helps people regain motor and task functions through a gamified approach. While the game playing aspects of the technology may help engage patients in activities designed to help them recover from brain injury, the technology is validated by clinical studies and has won regulatory clearance. It should not be confused with conventional video games. We spoke to John Krakauer, chief medical advisor for MindMaze,...
Aug 13, 2020
Genentech Drug Offers Oral, at-Home Option for SMA PatientsAugust 13, 2020
People with the rare and fatal genetic disease spinal muscular atrophy in recent years have seen the approval of an antisense therapy as well as a gene therapy. Genentech has now won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for Evrysdi, the first oral, at-home treatment for the condition. We spoke to Levi Garraway, chief medical officer and head of global product development at Genentech, about Evrysdi, how it works, and how it fits into the choices physicians and patients have when it comes...
Aug 06, 2020
Enabling Precision Medicine through ProteomicsAugust 06, 2020
While the revolution in genomics has led to rapid improvements in the cost and speed of sequencing and created new insights into the genetic drivers of health and wellness, proteomics has lagged behind. Being able to capture a comprehensive view of the changing level of proteins in an individual could play a significant role in bringing about an era of precision medicine. SomaLogic is providing a push in that direction with its SomaScan Discovery platform, which can read 5,000 protein...
Jul 30, 2020
Battling Drug-Resistant Fungal InfectionsJuly 30, 2020
The problem of drug resistance isn’t limited to bacteria. It is also a growing concern with fungal species that is causing an increasing need for new agents to combat these microbes. Scynexis is developing the experimental therapy ibrexafungerp, the first of a new class of therapies for serious fungal infections. We spoke to Marco Taglietti, president and CEO of Scynexis, about the problem of drug resistant fungal infections, the company’s experimental therapy ibrexafungerp, and why it may...
Jul 23, 2020
Making Colorectal Cancer Screening Less of a Pain in the AssJuly 23, 2020
Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of the cancer. While screening is an effective means of preventing it, many people fail to get a colonoscopy because of the invasive nature of the procedure and the preparation and sedation that goes with it. Check-Cap is a clinical-stage company developing C-Scan, the first capsule-based system for preparation-free, colorectal cancer screening. The capsule uses ultra-low dose X-ray and wireless communication technologies to generate information on...