Several studies have indicated that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in exhaled breath can be altered by lung cancer and serve as identifiable biomarkers. A limitation of using these VOCs as clinical biomarkers has been the fact that hundreds of such molecules are present in exhaled breath and it is experimentally challenging to monitor the molecular concentration changes of all the VOCs and further use them in lung cancer detection.
Nikang Therapeutics Inc. and Shanghai Blueray Biopharma Co. Ltd. have described exocyclic amino quinazoline derivatives acting as GTPase KRAS inhibitors, particularly KRAS (G12D mutant) inhibitors, reported to be useful for the treatment of cancer.
Chengdu Baiyu Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. has synthesized NLRP3 inflammasome inhibitors acting as pyroptosis inhibitors reported to be useful for the treatment of cancer, autoimmune, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, renal, neurological and gastrointestinal disorders, among others.
All gains made throughout the summer have vanished as the BioWorld Cancer Index (BCI) has hit its lowest point in 2022. Down 41.9% this year, BCI diverged in October from the path taken by both the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (NBI) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), both of which are moving upward. Still, NBI is down 7.8% and DJIA is down 5.4% for the year.
Theratechnologies Inc. paused enrollment of a phase I trial testing TH-1902, its lead peptide-drug conjugate for sortilin-expressing cancers, after finding efficacy "not convincing enough" nor outweighing adverse events in some participants, an undisclosed number of which experienced neuropathy and eye toxicity, the company said.
Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s ahead-of-deadline approval from the U.S. FDA of Rezlidhia (olutasidenib) twice-daily capsules for adults with relapsed/refractory (r/r) acute myeloid leukemia (AML) came as a surprise to the company, but followed encouraging interactions, “including a very positive midcycle review meeting,” said CEO Raul Rodriguez, adding that the firm will “redouble our efforts to make sure we're able to convey the information supporting this product” to the marketplace. Regulators had assigned the compound a Feb. 15, 2023, PDUFA date.