HONG KONG – A researcher at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has developed a test that identifies those carrying the COVID-19 virus in less than a minute. And it is both affordable and works with greater than 90% accuracy to boot.
Shares of Entera Bio Ltd. (NASDAQ:ENTX), a lightly traded Israeli drug delivery specialist, fell 27% on May 21 after the company said an ongoing phase II trial of its oral parathyroid hormone (PTH) candidate in osteoporosis patients found the two lowest doses tested demonstrated "suboptimal increases" in P1NP, an important biomarker of bone formation.
Gilead Sciences Inc. and partner Galapagos NV touched off a round of Wall Street chin-scratching as they disclosed phase IIb/III data showing that JAK1 inhibitor filgotinib in ulcerative colitis (UC) at the 200-mg dose achieved all primary endpoints in the study called Selection.
BEIJING – CAR T-cell therapeutics developer Carsgen Therapeutics Co. Ltd., of Shanghai, won IND clearance from the FDA for its first-in-class CT-041 for advanced gastric and pancreatic cancers. The company said it is the first claudin18.2 (CLDN18.2)-targeted CAR T-cell therapy cleared for clinical trials in the world.
Saying it’s too early to gauge the potential economic benefit of a marketed COVID-19 therapy for his firm, Aldeyra Therapeutics Inc. CEO Todd Brady cited “a strong feeling of altruism” among researchers addressing the crisis, as they turn over discoveries likely to be helpful beyond it.
LONDON – MGB Biopharma Ltd. is looking for new investors or a commercialization partner to take its lead program, MGB-BP-3, through to market, after reporting 100% initial and sustained cure of Clostridium difficile infections in a phase IIa dose-ranging study.
BEIJING – Shandong, China-based Luoxin Pharmaceuticals Group Stock Co. Ltd. said its PIK3α inhibitor, LX-086, has been approved by China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) to enter clinical trials for advanced solid tumors.