LONDON – After six years in development, EMA’s new clinical trials information system (CTIS) was switched Jan. 31, bringing to life a law enacted in 2014 to create a single, harmonized regulatory system across the EU. As the embodiment of the Clinical Trial Regulation, CTIS will underpin a long-awaited simplification of the process for approving trials. Rather than separate applications to different national regulators, a single application delivered via CTIS can lead to simultaneous regulatory and ethics approvals in up to 30 countries.
Galvani Bioelectronics Ltd. reported the first patient implanted with its experimental direct splenic nerve stimulation therapy for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The first-in-human implant is part of a small trial at the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board in Scotland.
A wearable biosensor developed by Scottish startup Pneumowave Ltd. has been tapped for a clinical trial investigating respiratory depression at King’s College London (KCL). Pneumowave’s respiratory monitoring platform will be used to collect breathing data from patients at risk of experiencing slow and shallow breathing as a side effect of opioid medication.
Innovheart srl has landed more than $55 million to continue clinical trials of its transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) system for the treatment of mitral valve disease. The series C equity round was led by Grand Pharmaceutical Group Ltd. (Grand Pharma), together with existing investors Genextra, Panakes Partners and Indaco Venture Partners.
Bristol Myers Squibb Co.’s Breyanzi (lisocabtagene maraleucel) CAR T-cell therapy has passed muster with European regulators as a therapy for relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma, setting up a likely European marketing authorization in the coming weeks.
PARIS – Mikajaki SA reported the commercial launch of Eyelib, a robotic ophthalmic diagnostics platform. One year after obtaining CE marking, the Swiss-based med-tech is rolling out a wide-scale launch of its automatic ophthalmology examination system onto the European market.
Pfizer Inc.’s oral antiviral Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir) COVID-19 antiviral looks set for approval in the European Union after it was given the green light by its top regulatory committee. The EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use recommended conditional marketing authorization for treatment of COVID-19 in adults who don’t require supplemental oxygen but are at increased risk for progressing to severe disease.
LONDON – The EU’s third generation public-private research partnership in health formally got off the ground on Jan. 26, with a promise to invest €2.4 billion (US$2.7 billion) and back 30 large-scale, cross-sector innovation projects by 2030. The Innovative Health Initiative is the successor to the Innovative Medicines Initiatives 1 and 2, which between 2008 – 2020 put €5 billion into precompetitive research to accelerate translation of biomedical research to new drugs.
Smith & Nephew plc added new indications for use of its Pico 7 and Pico 14 single-use negative pressure wound therapy (sNPWT) systems. The FDA cleared the London-based device maker’s systems for reducing the incidence of both deep and superficial incisional surgical sites and dehiscence. Smith & Nephew’s Pico 7Y system, which treats two wounds simultaneously, was also cleared to aid in the reduction of the incidence of superficial incisional SSIs for high-risk patients in class I wounds, post-operative seroma and dehiscence.