Where Ilaris (canakinumab) failed, can Kineret (anakinra) succeed? Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB is reporting that an investigator-initiated phase III study of its interleukin-1 (IL-1) blocker, Kineret, in 594 hospitalized COVID-19 patients with moderate or severe pneumonia, who had a poor prognosis, uncovered what appear to be dramatic benefits.
LONDON – The U.K. is launching a trial to investigate the potential use of seven different COVID-19 vaccines as boosters, to provide safety and immunogenicity data for if/when immune responses to initial vaccination wane and a revaccination campaign is needed later in the year. The trial, at 18 sites across the country, will recruit 2,886 participants who previously received two doses of either Astrazeneca plc or Pfizer Inc./Biontech SE’s COVID-19 vaccines.
PARIS – Tecmoled SAS has just completed the initial testing phase for its wireless oximeter. A prototype has been tested over the past four months on 30 healthy subjects, aged 2 to 70 years, to measure oxygen saturation (SpO₂), heart rate and body temperature.
PARIS – Readily3d SA has been awarded just under $600k by the European Union to develop a living model of the pancreas using its Tomolite 3D bioprinting technique. The European program, Enlight, boasts a total budget of $4.4 million provided by the European Innovation Fund 2020.
For almost two months, Brazil’s health care surveillance agency Anvisa, the European Medicines Agency, and the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety have been sharing regulatory and confidential information as part of an effort to improve the safety and efficacy of drugs and medical devices.
Information Data Systems Inc., doing business as One Drop, has earned the CE mark for its blood glucose prediction analysis engine to accurately forecast glucose levels up to eight hours in advance. The artificial intelligence (AI)-powered tool is indicated for people living with prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, including those on oral medications and/or insulin regimens, and gestational diabetes.
For almost two months, Brazil’s health care surveillance agency Anvisa, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety have been sharing regulatory and confidential information as part of an effort to improve the safety and efficacy of drugs and medical devices.
LONDON – Delaying the second dose of Pfizer Inc./Biontech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine significantly increases the antibody response in people ages 80 to 99, compared to the approved schedule of two doses three weeks apart, according to the latest data from the U.K. coronavirus immunology consortium.
LONDON – Initial results from the U.K. randomized trial assessing mixed COVID-19 vaccine schedules show there is a significant increase in systemic side effects with one dose of Astrazeneca plc’s and one of Pfizer Inc./Biontech SE’s vaccines (in either order), compared to receiving two doses of the same vaccine.
PARIS – Microsure BV reported closing a $3.25 million funding round to develop its supermicrosurgery robot, Musa. This series B round was led by Dutch investment agency Invest-NL NV. The other 50% of the funding came from existing Dutch shareholders Brabant Development Agency NV and venture capital partners Innovation Industries Fund, as well as from Ten Cate Investreingsmaatschappij BV.