For Jeff Galvin, the CEO and founder of newly launched Addimmune Inc., HIV is not a condition that’s in the rearview mirror. It needs a functional cure to save lives, make people healthier and save money that need not have been spent. People wonder why it’s worth bothering to cure HIV, Galvin told BioWorld, when they are taking their medications every day and they are feeling pretty close to normal. But it’s not close for Galvin, who noted that there are side effects from taking the pills that can cause headaches, fatigue, nausea and diarrhea.
Following strong phase I study data in malignant melanoma released a year ago, Ultimovacs ASA’s lead candidate, UV-1, stumbled in the phase II trial, which did not meet the primary endpoint of progression-free survival in second-line treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Wigen Biomedicine Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. researchers have identified mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase kinase 1 (MAP4K1; HPK1; MEKKK1) inhibitors reported to be useful for the treatment of cancer.
Allianthera (Suzhou) Biopharmaceutical Co. Ltd. has patented new aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonists reported to be useful for the treatment of cancer, lung diseases, bone, dermatological, eye, gastrointestinal, neurological and pancreatic disorders, among others.
At the recent ASCO meeting, researchers from the University of Rochester reported preclinical data for on a new small-molecule inhibitor of WAP four-disulfide core domain protein 2 (HE4) – UR-238 – that is being investigated for the treatment of cancer.
Emris Pharma, a recent spin-off of Hadasit Medical Research Services and Development Ltd. and Yissum Research Development Co., has started development of a new topical drug to treat skin toxicities caused by epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors used to treat cancer.
Enochian Biosciences Inc. is on track to file an IND application for its innovative cancer platform around the early part or middle of next year. If successful, that would allow clinical trials to begin in the first half of next year.
New and updated preclinical and clinical data presented by biopharma firms at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, including: Amgen, Ascentage, Beyondspring, Bicara, Cohbar, Immvira, Jazz, Kite, Merck & Co., Moderna, Morphogenesis, Nascent, Neximmune, Nkgen, Oncoinvent, Oncolytics, Portage, Precigen, Promontory, Puma, Replimune, Servier, Sorrento, Sutro, Zentalis, Zymeworks.