Med-tech happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Applied Spectral Imaging, Astrazeneca, Avita Therapeutics, Bio-Techne, Guided Therapeutics, Kantaro Biosciences, Luminultra, Meridian, Mimedx, Mount Sinai Health, Natera, Nevro, Shandong Yaohua Medical Instrument, Staar Surgical, Telo Genomics, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Transenterix.
HONG KONG – Interim results of a phase I study CT-P59, an anti-COVID-19 monoclonal antibody being developed by Incheon, South Korea-based Celltrion Inc., have confirmed the candidate’s safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics in healthy subjects, giving the company confidence to ramp up production of the experimental antiviral.
The Astrazeneca plc and Oxford University phase III trial of their adenovirus-based coronavirus vaccine is back up and running in the U.K. after a week’s worth of study and decision-making. The company said it still plans to report data from the study by the end of this year.
LONDON – The U.K. government has signed a €1.4 billion (US$1.7 billion) advance purchase agreement with French biotech Valneva SE, for the supply of up to 190 million doses of its attenuated COVID-19 vaccine, VLA-2001.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Ascentage, Cycle, Essa, Gan & Lee, Gannex, Kiadis, Mateon, Novartis, Pharmacyte, Regeneron, Reven, Sanofi, SK, Seneca, Supernus, Vaxart, Vertex, Ziopharm.
Don May, Advamed’s executive vice president for payment and health care policy, said on a Sept. 11 press briefing that any device that misses its first year of new technology add-on payment (NTAP) eligibility may not be able to recover that year unless CMS makes an exception for the pandemic, seemingly leaving the Boston Scientific Eluvia device with only two years of eligibility for its NTAP application.