Drug addiction has often proven resistant to the best efforts for treatment. New York-based startup Medicasafe Inc. hopes to provide another tool in the arsenal to boost opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. Rather than send a recovering addict home every couple of weeks with an unmonitored and uncontrolled supply of buprenorphine and naloxone, it has developed a drug-device combination product that digitally enables and tracks patient retrieval of these drugs.
PERTH, Australia – Melbourne-based Cartherics Pty Ltd. plans on taking its pluripotent stem cell technology into the clinic next year. It is employing advanced gene editing techniques for the next generation of CAR T therapy.
TORONTO – On average, radiology specialists diagnose fewer than 50% of cases of collapsed lung or pneumothorax using chest X-rays, said systems design engineer Hamid Tizhoosh. The Insignio system developed at Tizhoosh's Kitchener, Ontario-based Kimia Lab has gone further by identifying 75% of cases of collapsed lungs using artificial intelligence (AI) to search a database of 550,000 patients and compare 30,000 cases of pneumothorax there to X-rays of new patients with unknown conditions.
Preclinical animal and cellular models are notoriously bad at predicting drug candidate toxicity in humans. Animal biology is often fundamentally different on this front than in humans, while cells in the lab can't be counted on routinely to replicate the bodily response.
DUBLIN Hamlet Pharma AB is about to embark on the next phase in the clinical development of its novel cancer therapy, a constituent of human breast milk that has a selective effect on disrupting the membranes of cancer cells.
With a $17 million series A fundraiser completed, Pinteon Therapeutics Inc., of Cambridge, Mass., is keeping its eyes on the phase I trial it started in September testing PNT-001, a tau antibody that targets cis-pT231 tau, a toxic epitope that drives neurodegenerative disease.
MELBOURNE, Australia Brisbane-based Kira Biotech Pty Ltd. is poised to enter the clinic after raising AU$20 million (US$13.72 million) in series A funding to develop therapies targeting immune system disorders.
HONG KONG – South Korean startup Rznomics Inc. has recently secured ₩12 billion (US$10 million) in a series A investment. The Gwangju-based company focuses on cancer treatment development based on RNA platform technology.
BEIJING – Hightide Therapeutics Inc., of Shenzhen, China, and Rockville, Md., said it finished the enrollment in phase IIa trials for its lead asset, HTD-1801, which is a potential first-in-class new molecular entity for primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
Allievex Corp., a new company advancing an enzyme replacement therapy for Sanfilippo syndrome type B licensed from Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc. through a registrational phase II trial, has marked the first close of a series A financing co-led by Novo Holdings and the startup's founder, Pappas Capital.