Biopharma happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Abbvie, Altavant, Clear Creek, Enzyvant, Equillium, Essential, Everson, Explorna, Hotspot, Intrinsic, Kyowa, MEI, Metrion, Nykode, Omnispirant, Ono, Pfizer, Replimune, Roche, Tris.
Clinical updates, including trial initiations, enrollment status and data readouts and publications: Alzheon, Biovie, Cassava, Celldex, Dragonfly, Editas, Gossamer, Imaginab, Kinarus, Leo, Medicinova, Mirati.
Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. has reported results from a study of ARDS-003 (onternabez) combined with favipiravir against acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), sepsis and COVID-19 through PREPAiRE, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered platform which integrates target identification, validation, lead discovery optimization, drug synthesis and preclinical testing.
Pfizer Inc. and Clear Creek Bio Inc. have entered into a research collaboration and exclusive license agreement to advance the discovery and development of potential inhibitors of the SARS-CoV-2 papain-like protease (PLpro) for the oral treatment of COVID-19.
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has expanded its partnership with VBI Vaccines Inc. to advance the development of multivalent coronavirus vaccines that could be deployed against COVID-19 and possible future coronaviruses with pandemic potential, referred to as coronavirus X.
The world is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, as both cases and deaths have remained consistently low in recent months, despite continuous mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Nevertheless, there is a shuffling of candidates in the arsenal as new variants bump once-effective therapies and the next generation of options enter the arena.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Ascendis, Biogen, Hexaell, Ideaya, Idorsia, Pfizer, Protalix, Redhill, Syndax.
Clinical updates, including trial initiations, enrollment status and data readouts and publications: Anaptysbio, Altamira, Anavex, EIP, H. Lundbeck, Mirati, Ondine, Otsuka, Qilu, SK, Theratechnologies, Urogen, Vanda, Vaxxinity, Ventyx.
Investigators at the University of Bristol and Biognos AB have identified a structural feature that distinguished the deadly coronavirus strains from harmless, common cold-causing variants. The findings, which were published in the Nov. 23, 2022, issue of Science Advances, could form the basis of universal COVID antivirals, putting an end to the endless race to deal with new variants that has so far been a necessity.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Aldeyra, Aurinia, Bluejay, Citius, Eli Lilly, Ferring, Innoviva, Nuvectis, Oncolytics, Opus Genetics, Orchard, Pyxis, Scynexis, Sparingvision.