PERTH, Australia – Following stunning interim clinical results for its Celgro nerve regeneration treatment in quadriplegic patients, regenerative medicine company Orthocell Ltd. will focus all its efforts on gaining early FDA approval based on the early results.
Synthetic biology is seeing rapid advances, but the medical applications have thus far remained largely elusive. But now researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School (HMS) have developed a tool that can track specific populations of bacteria in the gut of living organisms and document population changes over time.
The first patients have been treated in Kodiak Sciences Inc.'s phase II DAZZLE trial of anti-VEGF antibody biopolymer conjugate KSI-301 in patients with treatment-naïve wet age-related macular degeneration. At least 368 patients worldwide are expected to enroll in the study. The primary endpoint will be assessed at one year and each patient will be treated and followed for two years.
San Clemente, Calif.-based Glaukos Corp. has finished enrolling patients in its U.S. investigational device exemption (IDE) trial for the Istent Infinite trabecular micro-bypass system, which is intended for standalone use in lowering intraocular pressure (IOP) in refractory glaucoma patients. If all goes as planned, the company is looking to commercially launch the treatment in the U.S. in 2021.
LONDON – There is no evidence for increased mortality in patients receiving paclitaxel-eluting stents and drug-coated balloons (DCBs) to treat peripheral arterial disease, according to the largest real-world safety analysis to date. The findings may come as a relief to many, particularly after a meta-analysis published in December 2018 led to safety warnings and restrictions on the use of coated and drug-eluting devices.
HONG KONG – Hutchison China Meditech Ltd.'s (Chi-Med) is preparing for the next step after surufatinib achieved its primary endpoint in a phase III SANET-ep study in extra-pancreatic advanced neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) in China.
WASHINGTON – Hot on the heels of July's FDA approval of Recarbrio (imipenem, cilastatin and relebactam) in complicated urinary tract infections (cUTIs), Merck & Co. Inc. rolled out pivotal phase III data at the Infectious Disease Society of America's IDWeek 2019 that could support expanding its label to another high-need group, people with hospital-acquired or ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (HABP/VABP).
Something of a duel may be shaping up between Menlo Park, Calif.-based Adverum Biotechnologies Inc. with ADVM-022, the phase I gene therapy candidate for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and Regenxbio Inc., of Rockville, Md., with a similar candidate.
The routine application of medical device technology to neurological indications beyond pain remains challenging in all but the most severe patients. Micro-cap Neuronetics Inc. is aiming to change all that with its Neurostar transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) system that is noninvasive and used in the physician's office.