While COVID-19 remains a top research priority globally for government and nonprofit entities in partnership with biopharma companies, deal activity also is heavily focused on other infectious diseases, such as smallpox and influenza.
Invivyd Inc. (formerly Adagio Therapeutics Inc.) has generated multiple next-generation candidate antibodies for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, including two molecules designated for near-term clinical development in combination as NVD-200.
Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School reported the discovery and preclinical evaluation of SP1-77, a novel humanized monoclonal IgG-κ antibody targeting the receptor-binding-domain (RBD) of spike (S) glycoprotein of all SARS-CoV-2 variants.
A new vaccine that uses the native-like HIV-1 envelope (Env) trimer CH505 and a Toll-like receptor (TLR) 7/8 agonist adjuvant, successfully evaluated in macaques, generated potent polyclonal neutralizing antibodies (nAbs) and a high protection against the infection of the homologous simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV).
Forge Therapeutics Inc. has synthesized new UDP-3-O-(R-3-hydroxymyristoyl)-N-acetylglucosamine deacetylase (LpxC) (bacterial) inhibitors reported to be useful for the treatment of Gram-negative bacterial infections.
Intravacc BV has announced additional preclinical and toxicology data for Avacc 10, the company's SARS-CoV-2 intranasal candidate vaccine, showing a reduction in upper respiratory tract viral load, broad cross protection against circulating variants of concern and a promising safety profile.
Researchers from Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and affiliated organizations presented the discovery and preclinical identification of novel inhibitors of metallo-beta-lactamases (MBLs). Synthesis and optimization of novel broad-spectrum inhibitors against most relevant MBLs, such as VIM-type enzymes and NDM-1, led to the identification of JMV-7061 as the lead from the series.
Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. has signed an agreement with Cellvera Global Holdings LLC for the co-development of ARDS-003 (onternabez) as a combination product with Qifenda (favipiravir) 400 mg, a commercial-stage broad-spectrum antiviral drug.