LONDON – Support is growing for human challenge trials in COVID-19 to be approved in order to speed up development of effective vaccines against the pandemic infection. The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released guidelines for assessing the ethical acceptability, saying such trials would allow for more rapid and standardized testing, accelerating development and enabling candidates to be prioritized.
Quanterix Corp., of Billerica, Mass., reported that researchers have developed a COVID-19 antibody test with 1,000 times the sensitivity of current tests using its Simoa bead-based immunoassay platform.
Two companies developing nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) therapies found themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum Tuesday, with Cymabay Therapeutics Inc. potentially getting a second chance while the door slammed on Genfit SA’s hopes.
Clinical updates, including trial initiations, enrollment status and data readouts and publications: Galderma, Galera, Gamida, Genfit, Glenmark, Marker, Minoryx, Neurana, Ocular Therapeutix, Rocket, Sanofi.
ERTH, Australia – A recent study conducted at the University of Western Australia (UWA) Centre for Sleep Science shows that facial features analyzed from 3D photographs could predict the likelihood of having obstructive sleep apnea.
The phase III pivotal trial of mavacamten, an oral, allosteric cardiac myosin modulator for treating symptomatic, obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, from Myokardia Inc., of Brisbane, Calif., hit its primary and all of its secondary endpoints.
DUBLIN – Tolerogenixx GmbH is on track to move its cell-based immune tolerance induction therapy for kidney transplant recipients into a 200-patient phase IIb trial, following the publication of promising data from a phase Ib trial, in 10 patients, in which all participants had a successful transplant at one-year follow-up.
Clinical updates, including trial initiations, enrollment status and data readouts and publications: 4D Pharma, Infinity, Kiniksa, Lilly, Merck, Myokardia, Oyster Point, Protalix, Strongbridge, Tolerogenixx.
Boston Scientific Corp. reported positive results for its Emblem subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD) system and next-generation Watchman Flx left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device at the Heart Rhythm Society scientific sessions, which were online only this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.