DUBLIN – The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), a public-private research partnership between the European Commission (EC) and Europe’s pharmaceutical industry, has boosted funding for a fast-track response to the COVID-19 pandemic from €45 million (US$48.8 million) to €72 million.
Clinical updates, including trial initiations, enrollment status and data readouts and publications: Galderma, Galera, Gamida, Genfit, Glenmark, Marker, Minoryx, Neurana, Ocular Therapeutix, Rocket, Sanofi.
The U.S. FDA has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for an antigen test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus from Quidel Corp., of San Diego, that is more readily deployed than other diagnostic tests for the pathogen. Quidel’s offering can be used at the point of care (POC) and as a lab test.
The U.S. FDA has expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for Rutgers University’s saliva-based COVID-19 test to include at-home use of Spectrum Solutions LLC’s SDNA-1000 whole saliva collection device, a development that underscores the need for wider testing as localities across the country emerge from lockdown and restart their economies. This is the first at-home option for saliva collection; the action comes just two weeks after the FDA authorized Laboratory Corp. of America’s polymerase chain reaction test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to include the company’s Pixel self-collection kit for nasal samples.
HONG KONG – Blockchain technology usually is associated with digital currencies. However, it’s now emerging as an important platform for COVID-19 management. It’s been a focus in China, where a top-down approach is key to driving sectors and technology.
Med-tech happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Accelmed, Aidoc, Avita Medical, Bellerophon Therapeutics, Datametrex AI, Fresenius Medical Care North America's Renal Therapies Group, Gaia, Inspire Medical Systems, Kc Wearable, Mevion Medical Systems, Orexo, Perkinelmer, Quest, Rochal Industries, Sanara Medtech, Seevix, Tearlab, Technopath, Telemedicine Clinic, Tissue Regenix, Unilabs, Zoll.