Tags : COVID-19

PharmaShots’ Key Highlights of Third Quarter 2020

The third quarter of 2020 was flooded with major acquisitions in the pharma and biotech industry along with multiple approvals. Starting with the latest acquisitions, Gilead acquired Immunomedics for ~$21B, Illumina acquired GRAIL for ~$8B, J&J acquired Momenta Pharmaceuticals for $6.5B and Nestlé acquired Aimmune Therapeutics for $2.6B, Sanofi acquired Principia Biopharma for ~$3.68B  Apart […]Read More

Boehringer Ingelheim Initiates P-II Study of BI 764198 for Patients

Shots: The P-II trial will assess BI 764198 (qd for ~4wks.) in patients hospitalized for COVID-19 with expected enrollment initiation in Oct’2020. The 1EPs will be the percentage of patients who are alive and free of mechanical ventilation at day 29 of treatment while other EPs include clinical improvement, oxygen saturation & ICU admission The […]Read More

Regeneron Reports Results of REGN-COV2 in P-ll/lll Study in Patients

Shots: The P-ll/lll trial involves assessing of REGN-COV2 (8gm/2.4gm) + SOC vs PBO + SOC in 524 patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in an outpatient setting The study met its 1EPs & 2EPs demonstrating a reduction in viral load and patient medical visits. Moreover, Regeneron is reviewing potential changes to dosing in the ongoing outpatient clinical […]Read More

Novartis Signs an Option and License Agreement with Molecular Partners

Shots: Molecular Partners to receive $65.8M as up front, including equity, and will receive $164.7M as an option payment for both MP0420 and MP0423 along with royalties on sales of therapies. Novartis to get an option to in-license global rights of MP0420 and MP0423 During the option period, Molecular Partners will conduct a P-I study […]Read More

Gilead’s Veklury (remdesivir) Receives the US FDA’s Approval as the

Shots: The approval is based on three studies including P-lll ACTT-1 study assessing the efficacy and safety of a 10-day treatment course of Veklury vs PBO in 1063 hospitalized patients with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection and mild, moderate or severe COVID-19 receiving the treatment with SOC. The other two studies include two P-II OLE studies (SIMPLE-Severe […]Read More

Roche Collaborates with Atea Pharmaceuticals to Develop AT-527 for COVID-19

Shots: The companies will collaborate to develop, manufacture, and distribute AT-527 to combat COVID-19. If approved, Atea will be responsible for distributing the treatment option in the US, with the option to request Genentech’s support, and Roche will be responsible for distribution outside the US The therapy is currently being evaluated in P-II study for […]Read More

ViiV Healthcare Present Results of Long-Acting Cabotegravir and Rilpivirine at

Shots: The company reported the positive findings of a pooled analysis of six ongoing clinical studies which includes P-IIb/IIIb LATTE-2, ATLAS, ATLAS-2M, FLAIR, POLAR, and CUSTOMIZE studies evaluating long-acting cabotegravir and rilpivirine regimen in 1,744 patients with HIV-1 infection across 16 countries The positive findings showed 93% of participants maintained their injection visits amid the […]Read More

Samsung Biologics Collaborates with Dinona to Develop DNP-019 for COVID-19

Shots: The companies collaborate for fast-track development of DNP-019 against COVID-19 The collaboration will expand Samsung’s CDO capabilities to provide a full scope of its development services from cell line development, process development, to non-clinical and clinical material manufacturing Samsung has introduced its proprietary cell-line technology, S-CHOice, demonstrating improved titers up to two-fold and maintaining […]Read More

Sanofi and Translate Bio to Advance MRT5500 into Clinical Study

Shots: The companies reported the preclinical results of MRT5500 demonstrating the potential of the vaccine in neutralizing the Abs against SARS-CoV-2. The two doses of MRT5500 induced neutralizing antibody levels significantly higher than those observed in COVID-19 patients The preclinical data support the advancement of MRT5500 for clinical development. The companies anticipate the initiation of […]Read More