Flo Orim, MD, PhD, focuses on biomedical aspects of research, development, and commercial endeavors in the human microbiome space, including essential background information, evolution of the field, and advances in basic research.
Aarti Chitale, MBA, believes as the therapeutic landscape evolves and transitions toward personalized and value-based care, regenerative medicine will play an increasingly important role, and moreover, the success of these therapies offers promising opportunities for previously untreated diseases areas.
Laurie L. Sullivan and John Bergin, MS, MBA, say the growing interest on the part of large pharma or biotech companies is driving clinical development of genetic modification therapy candidates, and the rich late-stage pipeline for genetic modification therapy candidates is a driving force of growth.
THERAPEUTIC VACCINES – Exploring the Potential of Combining Cancer Vaccines With Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy
Nina Baluja, MD, believes advances in our understanding of tumor immunology are rekindling interest in cancer vaccines, particularly in combination with breakthrough immunotherapies, such as immune checkpoint inhibitors.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – 3Ds Powering AI in Drug Discovery – Domain Expertise, Deep Learning & Data
Liran Belenzon and Simon Smith counter skepticism about AI with concrete data on recent exponential progress, provide examples of companies applying these advances to drug discovery, and show how those combining domain expertise, deep learning, and proprietary data are excelling.
TRANSDERMAL DELIVERY – Effect of Skin Model on In Vitro Performance of an Adhesive Dermally Applied Microarray – ADAM(TM) – Coated With Zolmitriptan
Hayley Lewis and Mahmoud Ameri, PhD, assessed Strat-M, full thickness, and dermatomed ex vivo skin on percutaneous delivery of zolmitriptan from innovative drug-coated dermally applied microprojections that target the epidermal/dermal layer for fast and efficient delivery.
Robert Davidson and Jessica Rousset explain how buccal administration further represents a better alternative to injections or tablets for those patients who have difficulty swallowing.
Sameer Navalgund, Global Director at JRF Global, shares his perspective about the on-going trends, current status, and some of the upcoming biggest challenges in the contract services industry.
Akiko Fukui, MSc, indicates that amid several failures, the AD pipeline is large and consists of many novel mechanisms, which makes it an exciting market undergoing rapid changes despite its high risk.
THERAPEUTIC FOCUS – Applying the HIV Treatment Model to Hepatitis B – Can a Cocktail Provide a Cure?
James Sapirstein, RPh, says in the ongoing search for a cure to hepatitis B, experts now believe that combining different drugs into a single regimen can work together against HBV and will be the most likely way to achieve a cure.
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Catalent to Open Second Clinical Supply Facility; Enables Broader Integrated Solutions for Global & Local Customers
Catalent Pharma Solutions recently announced its plans to invest $2.5 million in a new, second clinical supply facility in Shanghai, China, due to open in early 2019. When completed, the facility is expected to employ 100 people and will double Catalent’s total clinical storage capacity in China.
PCI Pharma Services, a full-service provider of specialist outsourced drug manufacturing, clinical trial services, and commercial packaging to the global biopharmaceutical industry, recently announced the expansion of its Clinical site at Rockford, IL.
Organovo Holdings, Inc. recently announced it has entered into a cell and tissue clinical sourcing agreement with the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM).
Verona Pharma plc recently announced it has enrolled the last patient in its Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the effect of nebulized RPL554 as an add-on to dual therapy using long-acting anti-muscarinic/long-acting beta2-agonists (LAMA/LABA) and triple therapy (LAMA/LABA with an inhaled corticosteroid) in the maintenance treatment of patients with moderate to severe COPD.
Sanofi plans to collaborate with Denali Therapeutics Inc. on the development of multiple molecules with the potential to treat a range of neurological and systemic inflammatory diseases.