In a global first, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has approved CSL Ltd.’s and Arcturus Therapeutics Inc.’s self-amplifying messenger RNA (sa-mRNA) vaccine (ARCT-154) for COVID-19 in adults. The approval marks the first milestone for a November 2022 licensing deal under which CSL subsidiary CSL Seqirus in-licensed Arcturus’ late-stage sa-mRNA vaccine platform technology.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Aldeyra, Arcturus, Arrowhead, Carisma, CSL, Effector, Ethris, Novavax, Orexo, Sernova, Springworks.
Based on previous studies that have demonstrated the potential of growth hormone-releasing hormone receptor (GHRH-R) antagonists to modulate immune responses to bleomycin lung injury, researchers from the University of Miami and affiliated organizations aimed to evaluate the potential of the GHRH-R antagonist MIA-602 in a mouse model of rVSV-SARS-CoV-2-induced pulmonary dysfunction and heart injury.
Researchers from the University of Queensland discovered that senolytic therapies can suppress long-COVID neuropathology and long-term disorders caused by viral infections by reducing senescent cells, thereby reducing inflammation. Published Nov. 13, 2023, in Nature, the study examined the use of human pluripotent stem cells to generate small mini human brain organoids to screen for antiaging interventions called senolytics that selectively eliminate senescent cells that accumulate with age, lead author Julio Aguado told BioWorld.