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.
LONDON – As the death toll passed 1,000 and the number of confirmed cases reached 42,000, the World Health Organization on Feb. 11 convened 400 scientists at a global research and innovation forum to draw up an R&D blueprint for “pathogen X,” now officially named COVID-19.
BEIJING – Zhongshan-based Akeso Inc., which focuses on bispecific antibodies, is again seeking pre-revenue listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX), after its first IPO attempt failed to go through in December. The move comes at a time when analysts believe the coronavirus outbreak is weighing on the city’s IPO market.
Med-tech happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: 7D Surgical, Autobio Diagnostics, Cepheid, China Grand Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Holdings, Co-Diagnostics, Elite Medical Technologies, Endonovo Therapeutics, Future Medical Equipment, Medtronic, Mobidiag, Oncosec Medical, Precisionmed, Probo Medical, Sirtex Medical, Seaspine Holdings, Sona Nanotech, Valeritas Holdings, Zealand Pharma.
Biopharma happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Angiogenex, Arbutus, Axim, Blue Water Vaccines, Clover, Gibson Oncology, Inmunebio, Intellia, Koutif, KSQ, Novozymes, Oncosec, Phio, Recce, Seurat, Synthetic Biologics, Zealand.
BEIJING – China’s partial shutdown caused by the 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak has sparked global fears of a disrupted supply chain of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), as the country is a major exporter. Drugs that many depend on, such as ibuprofen and acarbose, could be affected.
HONG KONG – A team of researchers at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) claim to have invented the world’s fastest portable 2019-nCoV diagnostic device. From sampling to testing, the device is apparently able to detect the novel coronavirus in just 40 minutes. In comparison, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology that is currently in use can take between 1.5 to 3 hours. The device draws on the latest microfluidic chip technology from Shenzhen Shineway Hi-Tech Co. Ltd.