NIH leadership discusses COVID-19 vaccine collaborations
Public-private partnerships could help meet the unprecedented need to manufacture and distribute safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines around the globe, according to leaders from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. They discussed how in Science on May 11. Read More
Researchers call for rapid drug repurposing to fight COVID-19
Filling the therapeutic gap for coronavirus treatments with existing drugs approved for other uses could greatly benefit patients around the world. Researchers from the University of Kentucky urged the scientific community to quickly identify drugs that may be repurposed in the fight against COVID-19 in an opinion piece published May 8 in Science. Read More
ABL Europe to manufacture Themis SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in France
Biopharmaceutical company Themis and contract development and manufacturing organization ABL Europe announced that they have signed an agreement to manufacture a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate in preparation for clinical trials. Read More
Pangolin genome offers insight into SARS-CoV-2's jump to humans
Research into the source of SARS-CoV-2 in China has focused on pangolins, anteater-like mammals that may have harbored the virus before it jumped to humans. New findings published May 8 in Frontiers in Immunology indicate pangolins may lack two virus-sensing genes, making them more susceptible to being carriers of coronaviruses. Read More
Sorrento, Mount Sinai to develop targeted SARS-CoV-2 antibody treatment
Sorrento Therapeutics and Mount Sinai Health System have joined forces to develop an antibody therapy called COVI-Shield to treat COVID-19. Read More
Gladstone opens institutes to study unsolved diseases
Gladstone Institutes plans to launch two new biomedical research institutes in San Francisco to broaden its impact on unsolved diseases, including COVID-19. Read More
Genomic tools help researchers understand how SARS-CoV-2 is evolving
A new study has identified nearly 200 recurrent genetic mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to research published as a preproof in Infection, Genetics and Evolution on May 5. The findings could offer clues to how the virus is adapting and evolving in humans and lead to optimal drug and vaccine targets. Read More
Thermo Fisher launches SARS-CoV-2 GlobalAccess Sequencing Program
Thermo Fisher Scientific is providing 50 units of its Ion Torrent Genexus system at a subsidized price to support global COVID-19 research as part of its SARS-CoV-2 GlobalAccess Sequencing Program. Read More
Certara, DMTC study preventative use of chloroquine for COVID-19
Certara and DMTC have entered into a research collaboration to evaluate the preventative use of chloroquine in healthcare workers at risk of infection from SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus strain responsible for COVID-19. Read More
BD revenues edge up for 2nd quarter
Becton Dickinson (BD) saw its revenues grow slightly for the second quarter, but the company withdrew its previously issued guidance due to fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
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