Abbott Laboratories had a winning week, scoring U.S. FDA approval of its Infinity directional deep brain stimulation (DBS) system in treating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease not adequately managed by medication. The company also reported new data underscoring the benefits of its Proclaim XR neuromodulation system in people living with chronic pain at the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) conference in Las Vegas.
The controversy over the use of paclitaxel-bearing devices in the femoropopliteal arteries is far from over. Now, a new medical journal article makes a similar claim about mortality in connection with the use of these devices in the infrapopliteal arteries, threatening once again to take a bite out of utilization. The first study to generate controversy over paclitaxel in drug-coated balloons and drug-eluting stents appeared in the medical literature toward the end of 2018, and a flurry of activity ensued.
Physician, scientist and investor Patrick Soon-Shiong might be considered a "square peg in a round hole," he admits. But the Abraxane (nab-paclitaxel) inventor's work to enlist natural killer, dendritic and T cells in what he calls a "triangle offense" against cancer is finally coalescing, he recently told BioWorld, with FDA registration filings for a combination immunotherapy approach in bladder, lung, Merkel cell and pancreatic cancer all within sight over the next several years.
BEIJING – With promising phase II data in hand – and newly designated FDA orphan drug status – Suzhou, China-based Tennor Therapeutics Suzhou Co. Ltd. is gearing up to move into pivotal testing with TNP-2092 to treat prosthetic joint infections. TNP-2092 is a multitargeting drug conjugate designed to exert antibacterial activity by inhibiting three essential targets in bacterial biofilms, namely RNA polymerase, DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV.
Nearly 70% of men with locally recurrent prostate cancer who received radiation therapy initially could delay androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for at least five years following stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with Accuray Inc.’s Cyberknife system, according to a study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics.
It was a trifecta to remember for Neurotrope Inc. on Wednesday as the company cast revealing light on a seemingly failed clinical program involving its lead candidate, had the NIH offer a grant to create a phase II trial to explore the program’s strengths, and then found institutional investors and individuals to pony up an $18 million registered direct offering for the company’s securities. It was a re-examination of data that resurrected Neurotrope’s hopes for its lead candidate months after a confirmatory phase II of bryostatin-1 failed to outperform a placebo in people with moderately severe to severe Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the absence of Namenda (memantine, Allergan plc), an NMDA receptor antagonist.
BEIJING – With promising phase II data in hand – and newly designated FDA orphan drug status – Suzhou, China-based Tennor Therapeutics Suzhou Co. Ltd. is gearing up to move into pivotal testing with TNP-2092 to treat prosthetic joint infections.
BEIJING – Hong Kong-headquartered Hutchison China Meditech Ltd.’s (Chi-Med) called an early stop to its phase III pivotal study of surufatinib in advanced pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NET) in China after it met the predefined primary endpoint of progression-free survival.
What’s new inevitably includes an element of the old. Clene Nanomedicine Inc., which just completed enrollment and dosed the first patient in its phase II trial in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), literally contains an element of the old in its lead nanocatalytic therapy: gold.
LONDON – Three years after the implementation of new U.S. legislation requiring clinical trials to report results within 12 months of completion, more than half are not published on time and compliance is not improving.