Immunology
Which states are safest from COVID-19?
Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic is a priority to getting back to normal activities such as work and shopping. As more individuals get vaccinated, more states will lift COVID-19-related restrictions. Read More
Dual-antigen CAR T system could be effective at treating solid tumors in children
A new chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell system that targets two tumor antigens may be effective at treating difficult solid tumors in children in cases where other CAR T therapies have not been effective. Findings from the preclinical evaluation of the novel CAR system were published in Nature Communications on January 21. Read More
Can antibodies to seasonal coronaviruses protect against SARS-CoV-2?
COVID-19 is not the world's first exposure to a coronavirus. With at least six previous exposures to various types of coronaviruses, researchers are exploring if antibodies created during earlier infection with coronaviruses can help to fight off SARS-CoV-2 infection. The findings of the study were published in Cell Reports Medicine on January 19. Read More
Synthetic chemistry can help speed protein subunit vaccine development
A new method using synthetic chemistry can be a powerful tool for efficiently building adjuvanted protein-based subunit vaccines against a variety of infectious diseases. This process may help move desperately needed vaccines into preclinical evaluation quickly, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on January 18. Read More
MIT researchers use natural language processing to analyze viral evolution
In a breakthrough that could guide the development of targeted vaccines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers used natural language processing methods lifted from the field of computational linguistics to analyze the viral protein sequence data of influenza A, HIV, and SARS-CoV-2 to identify regions within the genomes of those viruses that are most vulnerable to mutation. The results were published in a new study in Science on January 15. Read More
Beyond capital -- what it takes for biopharma startups to succeed
Investors are more interested in the biopharmaceutical sector than ever before. But success for biopharma startups means more than just securing investment funds -- it requires successful product commercialization. A panel of biopharmaceutical and finance executives discussed the factors that go into ensuring success on January 12 at the Biotech Showcase virtual event. Read More
What makes immuno-oncology therapies attractive investments?
Although immuno-oncology therapies have been around for many years, investors are excited to partner with innovators in the space who can push the boundaries of what these therapies are able to achieve. A panel of investors and business development executives discussed what exactly makes a specific candidate attractive as a business opportunity during a recorded session at the Biotech Showcase virtual event. Read More
Are biotech companies really high-risk investments?
Despite the public perception of the biotech industry as a high-risk investment, a new analysis published in PLOS One on January 6 found that over the long term, biotech firms that went public performed just as well as nonbiotech companies by various measures of financial success. Read More
Top Operation Warp Speed official shares lessons learned from COVID-19
The global COVID-19 pandemic has placed an urgent burden on governments to serve society, and with the help of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, the job is getting done. That's according to Moncef Slaoui, PhD, chief adviser of the U.S. government's Operation Warp Speed project, who discussed his unique experiences at an advance session of the Biotech Showcase virtual event on January 5. Read More
COVID-19 to have long-lasting effect on biotech industry
The COVID-19 pandemic will have a widespread and long-lasting effect on the biotechnology industry, according to speakers at a January 5 presentation held in advance of the Biotech Showcase virtual event taking place January 11-15. Biotech companies have pivoted on a massive scale to pursue infectious disease research -- and not all of them will be successful. Read More
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