As the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, companies are scrambling to develop effective diagnostics and vaccines to contain the outbreak and reduce future threats. Among those is Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc., of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., which has been awarded a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to speed testing and scale of smart delivery device for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
Med-tech happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Biobeat, Brii Biosciences, Dante Labs, Datawalk, Deephealth, Doctorlink, Ebsco, Fluidigm, Genmark Diagnostics, Hawkeye Systems, IBM Watson, Intabio, Kaiser Permanente, Ntd Eurofins, Parallax, Protein Metrics, Radnet, Tomi Environmental Solutions, Viracor Eurofins.
Taking a breather from the political rhetoric that’s permeated the U.S response to COVID-19 and pushed legislation aimed at lowering drug prices to the back burner, a House subcommittee Wednesday advanced several bipartisan bills intended to improve the safety and ensure the supply of drugs and medical devices.
U.S. FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn appeared before a congressional panel to discuss the administration’s budget proposal for the agency, but the outbreak of COVID-19 predictably dominated the proceedings.
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to dominate the news, an increasing number of companies have come forward to help. For its part, CHF Solutions Inc., of Eden Prairie, Minn., is looking to bring its device-based intervention for fluid management to the fight.
PERTH, Australia – Australian stem cell therapy company Mesoblast Ltd. plans to evaluate its allogeneic mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) candidate, remestemcel-L, in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S., Australia, China and Europe.