The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) filed suit Nov. 23 in U.S. district court challenging the Trump administration’s final rule allowing the import of prescription drugs from Canada.
HONG KONG – Hutchison China Meditech Ltd. (also known as Chi-Med) has received a $100 million equity investment from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, which will fund ongoing research and clinical development and support the further growth of its commercialization capabilities both in China and globally.
PARIS – Esight Corp. is starting distribution of its newest low-vision assistive technology in France, Germany and the U.K. The latest version of the technology, the Esight 4, was designed to be more versatile and mobile than before, has double the display brightness and has improved the auto-focus function, according to the company.
There has been a recent renaissance in the interest in radiopharmaceuticals used for diagnostic and therapeutic applications, as well as their combined use (theranostics). A recent Canadian partnership between Admare Bioinnovations and the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization (CPDC) aims to take advantage of the country’s expertise in the field and leverage promising radiopharmaceutical innovations into potential commercial opportunities.
TORONTO – A Canadian plant-based, cellulose scaffold implant for regenerating healthy spinal cord tissue has received U.S. FDA breakthrough device designation. The designation will enhance the process by which Ottawa-based Spiderwort Inc. interacts with the FDA during regulatory review of the Cellubridge implant, said Spiderwort CSO and cofounder Andrew Pelling, speeding its way to clinical trials.
TORONTO – Biomaterials med-tech company 3D Biofibr Inc. has raised CA$550,000 (US$423,500) seed funding to develop, commercialize and scale up a biofilm platform that mimics the spinning behavior of the common spider.
TORONTO – Whether it’s President Trump obtaining the drug Regeneron or COVID-19 test kits fast tracked in the U.S. and Canada, this has been the year of temporary emergency approvals for drugs and medical devices. What is sometimes overlooked are permanent programs like Canada’s Special Access Program and the U.S.’s Expanded Access Program, designed to provide therapeutics to patients who have exhausted every avenue for a cure or relief from a devastating disease.
Researchers at Ontario’s University of Waterloo have developed a palm-sized device that uses radio waves to read blood glucose levels, as well as artificial intelligence (AI) software to get near instantaneous results.