BEIJING – Chinese biotech companies are focusing on fighting the novel coronavirus, now named as COVID-19 by the WHO, after the country’s government called for all possible assistance. With its Trimer-Tag technology, Chengdu-based Sichuan Clover Biopharmaceuticals Inc. is among the first to reveal production of a vaccine candidate against COVID-19.
Biopharma happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Afaxys, Amarillo, Amorchem, Calidi, Codagenix, CSL Behring, Dendreon, Evgen, Forma, Homology, Human Microbiology Institute, Promedior, Riptide, Roche, Tetra Bio-Pharma, Therapeuticsmd, Xiamen Weiyang.
PERTH, Australia – As of Feb. 12, Australia’s Department of Health confirmed 15 cases of novel coronavirus in Australia (five in Queensland, four in New South Wales, four in Victoria and two in South Australia). Of the confirmed 15 cases, five people have recovered and the others are in stable condition.
The latest mutation to the coronavirus, dubbed COVID-19, has sparked a reaction by many national governments, but the expense associated with development of vaccines and diagnostics is considerable. Ron Klain, who served as the Obama administration’s coordinator for the response to the Ebola virus, said during an Aspen Institute seminar that drug makers took a hit in their efforts to develop a vaccine for the Ebola virus, and thus there is a need to de-risk these and other development efforts in the private sector.
Biopharma happenings in Asia-Pacific, such as deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief, including: Alterity, Athenex, Aurigene Discovery, Beijing CC-Pharming, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bridge Biotherapeutics, China Grand, Clover, Curis, Ibio, Oncosec, Porton Pharma Solutions, Q Biomed, Recce.
HONG KONG – The recent coronavirus (2019-nCov) scare has led to a rush of demand for masks that could soon strain pharmaceuticals and med-tech companies alike. In Hong Kong, queues for surgical masks now snake around the block.