Clinical updates, including trial initiations, enrollment status and data readouts and publications: Allyx, Aptose, Aqilion, Coya, Deciphera, Geovax, GSK, Junshi, Leo, Novartis, Novelmed, Reviva, University of Oxford, Volastra, Vyne.
Researchers from Hokkaido University (Japan) and colleagues have identified 2-thiouridine (s2U) as a broad-spectrum antiviral ribonucleoside analogue, by phenotypic screening of a library of 753 nucleoside analogues for antiviral effects. s2U showed antiviral activity against several ssRNA+ viruses, including DENV, SARS-CoV-2 and its variants of concern.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: 4SC, Ardelyx, Astrazeneca, Bio4t2, Brainstorm, Caribou, Celularity, Hyloris, Intellia, Mirum, Novavax, Orasis, Sage, Tiziana, UCB, Ymabs.
Biopharma happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Ayala, Basilea, Beam, Biosight, Eli Lilly, Geneuro, Gigagen, Gilead, Gravitas, Mablink, Microvascular, Oxford Nanopore, Pfizer, Qnovia, Seagen.
Researchers from Generate Biomedicines Inc. have detailed the discovery and preclinical characterization of GB-0669, a spike S2-targeted monoclonal antibody (MAb) being developed for the prophylaxis of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Machine learning models were used to identify MAbs targeting the conserved S2 stem helix and RBD class IV region of spike.
The official end of the COVID-19 public health emergency in the U.S. in May did not mark the end of interest and investment in the area. In the shifting landscape, attention has pivoted to new markets, emerging strains, boosters, and the commercialization and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and therapies.