After raising AU$2.2 million in its series A round, University of Western Australia spinout Lixa Pty Ltd. has emerged from stealth mode and is gearing up for clinical trials of its anti-biofilm platform technology that could preserve antibiotics in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.
Working from a lead tetrahydro-beta-carboline acid product which had been found to have antimalarial properties and to act as an inhibitor of MEP, Virginia Tech and University of Georgia scientists and their collaborators synthesized related compounds.
Arcturus Therapeutics Inc. has obtained an award for up to US$63.2 million from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to expand its current influenza vaccine program to include development of a pandemic influenza vaccine based on its proprietary self-amplifying mRNA platform.
Ocean Biomedical Inc., a company with preclinical programs in oncology, fibrosis, infectious disease treatments and vaccines, is poised to go public via a merger with Aesther Healthcare Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).
Immunoprecise Antibodies Ltd.'s Polytope TATX-03 antibody combination therapy has been shown to neutralize SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, including the omicron BA.5 subvariant, in an authentic virus assay.
Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic called evybactin that is able to selectively target Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB) lung infections. As described in NatureChemicalBiology on Aug. 22, 2022. the work is still at an early stage and requires further validation. But, if successful in clinical trials, evybactin could form part of a new group of specific antibiotics designed to target TB.