PERTH, Australia – Despite a Senate inquiry recommendation to hold off on introducing cuts to Australia’s Research and Development Tax Incentive (RDTI), a bill that recommends cuts was introduced in Parliament, sending shudders through the biotech industry.
PERTH, Australia – Industry was supportive of most of the changes proposed by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for custom-made and 3D-printed devices. However, the comments also indicated that the current regulatory requirements for custom-made devices are not well understood. The agency stressed that increasing use of 3D printing for medical applications is raising questions about the adequacy of the current medical device regulatory framework to mitigate risks to patients.
PERTH, Australia – On the heels of positive phase IIb data, Opthea Ltd. announced a private placement of AU$50 million (US$33.87 million) from institutional investors in Australia and the U.K. to advance lead candidate OPT-302 to phase III trials in wet AMD.
The U.S. FDA has cleared Cochlear Ltd.’s newest cochlear implant, the Osia 2 system, an active implantable bone conduction hearing system. Unlike Cochlear’s traditional implant, the Osia implant bypasses damaged parts of the ear and sends sound vibrations directly to the cochlea.
PERTH, Australia – On the heels of positive phase IIb data, Melbourne-based Opthea Ltd. announced a private placement of AU$50 million (US$33.87 million) from institutional investors in Australia and the U.K. to advance lead candidate OPT-302 to phase III trials in wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
PERTH, Australia – Sydney-based Kazia Therapeutics Ltd.’s shares soared nearly 82% this week on positive interim results for lead molecule GDC-0084 in a phase II glioblastoma trial. Data from the first nine patients in the study show that GDC-0084 treatment resulted in a median progression-free survival (PFS) rate of 8.4 months compared to the standard of care, temozolomide, which has a PFS of around 5.3 months.
MELBOURNE, Australia – Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne are pushing the boundaries on creating kidney tissue from stem cells. For more than two decades, Melissa Little and her team at Murdoch have investigated the molecular and cell development basis of kidney disease and the potential for regeneration. The team has developed approaches for directing the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells to human kidney organoids and is applying that knowledge to disease modeling, drug screening, cell therapy and tissue engineering.
Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) proposed classifying active implantable medical devices (AIMDs), their accessories and active devices for controlling, monitoring or influencing the performance of an active device and software as high-risk class III devices. However, the agency has rethought the notion of up-classifying all implant device accessories after blowback from industry.