Research at Pharmablock Sciences (Nanjing) Inc. has led to the development of spirooxindole compounds acting as 3C-like proteinase (3CLpro; Mpro; nsp5) (SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19 virus) inhibitors and thus reported to be useful for the treatment of viral infections.
Biopharma happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Arrivent, Bluebird, Coherus, Crispr, Frequency Therapeutics, Innocare, Korro Bio, KSQ, Nymox, Roche, Superior Biologics, Vertex.
The protection against SARS-CoV-2 provided by spike-based vaccines, although effective, tends to decrease as the virus evolves and new variants of concern appear. Researchers from Osivax SAS reported the first results on cross-protection with OVX-033, a new human SARS-CoV-2 vaccine generated via the oligoDOM platform.
Biopharma happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Biosenic, BMC, Camp4, Elsie, FSD, Fulcrum, Genethon, GSK, Hillstream, Innovent, Maxcyte, Melinta, Novartis, Novavax, Novo Nordisk, Nymox, Paratek, Remegen, Vittoria.
The search for novel therapies that complement vaccine-induced immune protection against SARS-CoV-2 continues. In previous work, researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and collaborators developed a cell-permeable and highly selective peptide called NACE2i, targeting nuclear angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). In particular, NACE2i spans and targets the ACE2 nuclear localization signal motif, successfully inhibiting nuclear translocation of ACE2 and viral replication in human cell lines infected with SARS-CoV-2.
Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf has patented 3-((3-([1,1’-biphenyl]-3-ylmethoxy)phenoxy)methyl)benzonitrile derivatives that are radiolabeled compounds targeting programmed cell death 1 ligand 1 (PD-L1; CD274). They are reported to be potentially useful for the diagnosis and/or radionuclide therapy treatment of cancer and SARS-CoV-2.
Researchers at Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica and the Wuhan Institute of Virology Chinese Academy of Sciences have prepared and tested cyclic bisbenzyl tetrahydroisoquinoline compounds reported to be useful for the treatment of fibrosis, viral infections and inflammatory disorders.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Iaso, Mediwound, Moderna, Nevakar, Injectables, Skyline, Systimmune, Zealand.