“Vaccines, obviously, are the ultimate solution for pandemics,” Rino Rappuoli told BioWorld. They have, he added, “already eliminated a lot of pandemic threats – smallpox, influenza, poliomyelitis.” And the road to normalcy from the current pandemic, or any pandemic, is likely to be open only once there is a vaccine.
LONDON – DNA Electronics Ltd. (DNAe) won a U.S. FDA breakthrough device designation for its semiconductor-based DNA sequencing technology Lidia-seq and for the first assay based on the platform, which will detect bloodstream infections and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) genes at point of care.
PARIS – Medical gases specialists Air Liquide SA, of Paris, along with Peugeot SA, Schneider Electric SE and Valeo SA have joined together in a consortium to manufacture ventilators in a time when there is a critical shortage.
Regulatory snapshots, including global submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Abbott, Cipla, Diacarta, DNAe, Vapotherm, Silk Medical Aesthetics.
Med-tech happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Bio-Rad, Boston Scientific, Celsee, Center for Medical Interoperability, Ciox Health, Eclipse Automation, Electrocore, Glaukos, Harmontronics Automation, Labcorp, Lantheus, Markforged, Medtronic, Micron Solutions, Neurophotometrics, Nevro, No Borders, Orthofix, Phase Scientific, Quest.
DUBLIN – The EMA has activated a COVID-19 task force to coordinate and accelerate the European regulatory response to the pandemic. The task force is intended to take a lead role in shaping the development, authorization and post-approval surveillance of drugs and vaccines for treating or preventing COVID-19 infection.