Research at Pardes Biosciences Inc. has led to the identification of cysteine protease inhibitors, particularly 3C-like proteinase (3CLpro, Mpro, nsp5; SARS-CoV-2) and Mpro (HCoV-229E virus) inhibitors, reported to be useful for the treatment of viral infections.
As country after country downshifts out of pandemic mode, the need for affordable COVID-19 therapies continues, especially in middle-income countries that are not included in current voluntary licensing arrangements. To meet that need, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on manufacturers of those drugs to extend the geographic scope of their licensing agreements to allow competition and price reductions so the treatments can be used where they’re needed most.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: 9 Meters, AB Science, Accord, Advantage, Direct, Edesa, Inflarx, Mirum, Perfuse, Soligenix, Verismo.
A live-attenuated vaccine targeting SARS-CoV-2 infection, which can be administered through the nose, has shown promise in preclinical animal studies carried out by researchers in Berlin. In an article published April 3, 2023, in Nature Microbiology, the authors reported that the COVID-19 vaccine candidate – sCPD9 – triggered the most robust immune response in a hamster model when compared with Biontech/Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine BNT162b2 and Ad2-Spike.
Despite an early stumble, the U.S. FDA granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to the C5a inhibitor Gohibic (vilobelimab) from Inflarx NV for treating COVID-19 in hospitalized adults. A year ago, an initial phase III analysis had failed to show a statistically significant effect on the primary endpoint of 28-day all-cause mortality though there was a relative reduction in mortality in the active arm vs. placebo.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Acasti, Aim, Amarin, Astellas, Caribou, Gennova, Hutchmed, Pfizer, Phathom, Scisparc, Seagen, Shionogi.