Drug Discovery & Development
Pharmacists issue guidance for mass COVID-19 vaccination
As society prepares for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists has issued 10 guiding principles for development, distribution, allocation, and oversight of vaccines. The guidelines build on the organization's research and best practices expertise in pandemic preparedness, supply chain management, distribution, and clinical practice.  Discuss
ESMO recommends use of NGS for advanced cancers
The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) released its first recommendations for the use of next-generation sequencing (NGS) for patients with metastatic cancers. The guidance was published in the Annals of Oncology on August 25.  Discuss
Data-sharing platform could help planning for future pandemics
In response to the global pandemic, the authors of a new paper are calling for a robust centralized platform to improve international data sharing among scientists and policymakers. The article was published on August 19 in the journal Science & Diplomacy.  Discuss
Microbe-based platform aims for sweet spot between biologics and gene therapy
A microbe-based therapeutics platform that has been in development for nearly 30 years is gaining traction for the treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The company that is developing the platform, Precigen ActoBio, is advancing a lead candidate through clinical trials with the long-term goal of finding a sweet spot between biologics and gene therapies.  Discuss
Early trials show potential of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is making progress on BNT162b1, a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that is undergoing development and for which the U.S. government has secured access to 300 million doses in 2021. The results of the phase I/II clinical trials were published in Nature on August 12.  Discuss
Can agtech infrastructure be redeployed for pandemic preparedness?
Marshalling research equipment and expertise of the world's agricultural technology (agtech) laboratories could protect against future pandemics or epidemics, according to a new article published in Nature Biotechnology.  Discuss
Biosimulation can mitigate risk of COVID-19 drug development
Drug development can be an expensive and tedious process. Add in the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, and you have a recipe for frustration. Biosimulation -- using computers to simulate drug response in humans -- can help accelerate the process, which Certara hopes to achieve with a newly launched platform targeted at COVID-19 vaccine development.  Discuss
New COVID-19 vaccine candidate leverages earlier research
Could vaccine platforms developed for previous coronaviruses be converted to address the current COVID-19 pandemic? An August 5 report in Nature described how researchers leveraged previous vaccine research to develop mRNA-1273, a new SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate.  Discuss
Animal study turns in positive results for Moderna-NIH COVID-19 vaccine
Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, messenger RNA (mRNA)-1273, has been shown to induce immune responses and control upper and lower respiratory tract infection of rhesus macaques exposed to SARS-CoV-2, according to researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  Discuss
Addressing the COVID-19 challenge with computer modeling & simulation
Each day, we wake up hoping for positive news about vaccines and therapies to combat COVID-19. More than 70 candidate molecules are being evaluated for repurposing to treat COVID-19. This number will grow thanks to the use of new combination therapies discovered under an aggressive, disciplined, and quantitative approach to evaluating candidates called model-informed drug development.  Discuss
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