Biopharma happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Blue Water, Bridgebio, HDT, Innate, Neurofront, Novaremed, Pharmacyte, Sanofi, Valneva, Zyversa.
Since the isolation of SARS-CoV-2 and the study of its infection mechanisms, scientists have been trying to understand how this virus accesses the brain and produces neurological symptoms. The receptor necessary for the virus to enter the cell by endocytosis (the receptor for angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, ACE2) is only expressed by some neurons and is hardly detected in the brain.
The technology behind one of the most high profile COVID-19 vaccine development programs has been re-engineered to correct a design fault and now forms the basis of newco Vicebio Ltd. The London-based company has shown its face for the first time following its founding in 2019 around molecular clamp technology from the University of Queensland, Australia.
After political leaders across the globe made patents and other intellectual property safeguards the scapegoat for disparities in access to COVID-19 vaccines, the biopharma industry is sharing its vision for how to deal with the foundational issues of equitable access in pandemics to come – and it has nothing to do with IP waivers like the one World Trade Organization members adopted last month.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Acadia, Apellis, Astrazeneca, Avadel, Daiichi, Destiny, Gilead, Incyte, Moderna, Viking.
Biopharma happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Antengene, Astrazeneca, Bavarian Nordic, BMS, Brii, Celularity, Creative, Inovio, Novavax, Oryzon, TSB, Turning Point.
Although it’s a latecomer to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., there is a wedge of opportunity for Novavax Inc.’s adjuvanted protein-based vaccine among the 10% of the U.S. adult population that has yet to get a first jab.