Houston-based Nanospectra Biosciences Inc. has kicked off a pivotal U.S. study of its Aurolase therapy in the targeted destruction of prostate tumors using nanomedicine technology. The IDE study, with an estimated completion date of December 2022, will support a de novo 510(k) submission to the U.S. FDA. The first two patients were treated at the University of Michigan, which also participated in the first-in-human pilot study of Aurolase.
Soliton Inc., of Houston, unveiled positive proof-of-concept (POC) study results out to 12 weeks using its Rapid Acoustic Pulse (RAP) device for the treatment of fibrotic scars. Overall, the treatment of fibrotic scars using the device proved safe and tolerable during this POC study.
Emeryville, Calif.-based Zogenix Inc.’s positive top-line data from the phase III study with Fintepla (fenfluramine oral solution) in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) failed to charm Wall Street, which by day’s end trimmed the shares (NASDAQ:ZGNX) by $20.50, or 39%, putting the final price at $32.12.
LONDON – Freeline Therapeutics Ltd. believes it has found the dose at which FLT-180a, its gene therapy for hemophilia B, will provide a functional cure, promoting expression of factor IX (FIX) blood clotting factor within the normal range.
Sanofi SA said an investigational Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor it licensed from Principia Biopharma Inc. in 2017 significantly reduced disease activity associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) as measured by magnetic resonance imaging, meeting the trial's primary endpoint.
An interim analysis of the phase III Recovery study of TNX-102 SL (cyclobenzaprine HCl sublingual tablets) for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compelled Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. to halt enrollment in the clinical trial.
Lineage Cell Therapeutics Inc. CEO Brian Culley told BioWorld that concerns about the pace of the company’s dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) phase I/IIa trial have been alleviated after an independent data safety monitoring board (DSMB) decreed that the study’s protocol-mandated treatment stagger can be removed.
DUBLIN – Shares in PTC Therapeutics Inc. dropped as much as 13% during premarket trading Feb. 6 on eagerly awaited 12-month data for its oral spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) drug risdiplam, which is licensed to Genentech. Although patients with type 2 or type 3 SMA demonstrated statistically significant improvements in motor function, the level of that improvement evidently disappointed some investors.
Years after a setback to its clinical program, Medtronic plc‘s Symplicity brand renal denervation (RDN) system appears to be firing on all pistons. The Dublin-based company said this week that it will begin enrolling patients in a pilot study to assess the safety and efficacy of its newer-generation Symplicity Spyral using a targeted procedural approach with fewer radiofrequency (RF) ablations.
BEIJING – China will kickstart a phase III trial Feb. 3 to determine whether patients with 2019-nCoV can be treated with Gilead Sciences Inc.’s NUC inhibitor, remdesivir, which was originally developed for Ebola, four days after a U.S. patient was said to have recovered by using the drug candidate.