During a recent investor event related to early drug development, Basel, Switzerland-based Roche Holding AG touted research by the firm’s Genentech unit into the cancer target known as TIGIT, or T-cell immunoreceptor with Ig and ITIM domains, and the pharma giant is hardly alone in the sizzling space.
New York-based Kadmon Holdings Inc.’s recent oral late-breaker session on KD-025 in chronic graft-vs.-host disease (cGVHD) at the Transplantation & Cellular Therapy (TCT) meeting – along with data that rolled out from two studies testing competitor Jakafi (ruxolitinib) from Incyte Corp. – signaled potential advantages in the former’s candidate, already highly regarded.
Artificial intelligence still has a lot to prove when it comes to its relevance in improving health care. But one bright spot was a deal last July between Dublin-based Medtronic plc and San Francisco-based startup Viz.ai Inc. to use the latter’s AI system that’s designed to spot a large vessel occlusion automatically in CT angiogram images.
Nevro Corp.’s stock was up following encouraging results detailed during its fourth-quarter earnings call. Management predicted a positive 2020, highlighting the potential of the U.S. spinal cord stimulation (SCS) market. Keith Grossman, chair, CEO and president of the company, noted that the SCS market slowed last year as a result of stocking issues – a challenge that affected both it and its competitors.
While the staff at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently all hands-on-deck in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, some of the agencies in the department may have to divert resources to get sponsors of drug and device clinical trials to fill in nearly a decade-long data gap on Clinicaltrials.gov. That’s if a judge’s decision handed down this week stands.
PERTH, Australia – Sydney-based Immutep Ltd. reported positive interim data for its phase II basket trial in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma for its lead immunotherapy in combination with Merck & Co. Inc.’s anti-PD-1 therapy, Keytruda (pembrolizumab).
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Berlin-based Biotronik SE & Co. reported new data from the BIOFLOW-V trial showing that its Orsiro ultrathin strut drug-eluting stent (DES) continued to outperform Abbott Laboratories’ Xience DES through three years’ follow-up.