Celltrion Inc. is riding high after receiving full approval for Regkirona (regdanvimab), as a treatment for COVID-19 in South Korea, seven months after the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) granted it conditional marketing approval in February 2021.
Cureapp Inc. is ready to take the next step for its digital therapeutic app (DTA) for hypertension, after completing a late-stage clinical trial and publishing the results. The company said it is the first global trial for a therapeutic app, conducted to seek regulatory approval in the field of hypertension.
Lunit Inc. won an innovative medical device designation from South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS). The designation was for Lunit Insight MMG, its commercial artificial intelligence (AI) solution for breast cancer detection from mammography images. The company said that Lunit Insight MMG is now the first medical device of its type to receive the designation, and the company now has its second innovative medical device designation. “All of our commercialized products are now designated innovative medical devices by the MFDS. We will ensure that our Lunit Insight AI products allow medical staff to rapidly and accurately diagnose patients,” said Beomseok Suh, CEO at Lunit.
South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) is currently discussing the implementation of a preferential drug pricing system and plans to initiate an expert survey in 2022. The preferential drug pricing system is part of a three-prong strategy that South Korea plans to adopt to promote the growth of eight leading companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device and cosmetic industries by 2030.
The Tokyo University of Science (TUS) has developed a self-powered diaper biosensor that can monitor urine sugar levels, which could be a boon for both diabetic patients and their caregivers. Caregivers at nursing homes currently open patients’ diapers every few hours to check for urination, thus increasing the caregivers’ workload. The psychological impact on the patient is also increased, for example when their sleep is disturbed.
Eyegene Inc. has received the green light from South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) for EG-COVID, its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, to enter the clinic. Eyegene will now begin a phase I/IIa trial, to be conducted in two stages, to evaluate the vaccine’s safety, tolerability and immunogenicity.
Rokit Healthcare Inc. received approval from South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) for Dfurege, its artificial organ platform to treat diabetic foot ulcers. “We hope that having a South Korean approval for this platform will be a boost for our planned IPO,” Seok Hwan You, CEO at Rokit, told BioWorld.