Mon.Jun 17, 2024

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New research facility for Massachusetts bio hub 

Drug Discovery World

Charles River Laboratories International has opened a new Charles River Accelerator and Development Lab (CRADL) facility on Chestnut Street in Somerville, Massachusetts, an emerging life sciences hub. The facility is co-located with Nest.Bio, a provider of rentable BSL-2 laboratory and office space. The Chestnut Street location will address an increased demand for more flexible vivarium and bench space, as well as on-demand in vivo study support services within the heart of Massachusetts’

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New data showcase promise, growing pains of CAR-T in autoimmune disease

BioPharma Drive: Drug Pricing

One expert described trial results presented at EULAR last week as “unprecedented.” But reports of relapses in some patients drew questions about the therapies’ ultimate potential.

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New DDW Highlights podcast: 17 June 2024

Drug Discovery World

The latest episode of the DDW Highlights podcast is now available to listen to below. DDW’s Megan Thomas narrates five key stories of the week to keep DDW subscribers up-to-date on the latest industry updates. With a lead story on the restoration of congenital hearing loss following gene therapy, the news highlights selection this week focuses on cell and gene therapies (CGT) and genetics, particularly some key progress in relation to CAR-T therapies.

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A high-fat diet may fuel anxiety

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

New research shows when animals are fed a diet high in saturated fat for nine weeks, their gut bacteria change in ways that influence brain chemicals and fuel anxiety.

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How Machine Learning Drives Clinical Trial Efficiency

Clinical trial data management is increasingly challenging as studies grow in complexity. Quickly accessing and analyzing study data is vital for assessing trial progress and patient safety. In this paper, we explore real-time data access and analysis for proactive study management. We investigate using adverse event (AE) data to monitor safety and discuss a clinical analytics platform that supports collaboration and data review workflows.

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New publication provides a roadmap for laboratory robotics in Europe

Drug Discovery World

The Analytical Laboratory Robotics Topic group of euRobotics has released the next iteration of the roadmap for Analytical Laboratory Robotics in Europe. It is entitled ‘Research roadmap for laboratory community-automating discovery: high throughput experimentation, diagnostics and robotics/AI’. The roadmap will be formally launched during the Future Labs Live 2025 event at the Congress Centre Basel on Thursday 27 June at 15:45-16:15 (Room Kairo).

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Extended maternal care central factor to human other animal, longevity

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

The relationship between mother and child may offer clues to the mystery of why humans live longer than expected for their size -- and shed new light on what it means to be human -- according to a new study.

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Ancient polar sea reptile fossil is oldest ever found in Southern Hemisphere

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

An international team of scientists has identified the oldest fossil of a sea-going reptile from the Southern Hemisphere -- a nothosaur vertebra found on New Zealand's South Island. 246 million years ago, at the beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs, New Zealand was located on the southern polar coast of a vast super-ocean called Panthalassa. 'The nothosaur found in New Zealand is over 40 million years older than the previously oldest known sauropterygian fossils from the Southern Hemisphere.

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DDW Highlights: 17 June 2024

Drug Discovery World

The latest episode of the DDW Highlights podcast is now available to listen to below. DDW’s Megan Thomas narrates five key stories of the week to keep DDW subscribers up-to-date on the latest industry updates. With a lead story on the restoration of congenital hearing loss following gene therapy, the news highlights selection this week focuses on cell and gene therapies (CGT) and genetics, particularly some key progress in relation to CAR-T therapies.

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Bedtime battles: 1 in 4 parents say their child can't go to sleep because they're worried or anxious

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

One in four parents describe getting their young child to bed as difficult -- and these parents are less likely to have a bedtime routine, more likely to leave on a video or TV show, and more likely to stay with their child until they're asleep.

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Divisional Patent Minefields: Navigating Big Pharma’s Patent Extension Strategies

Drug Patent Watch

The article “The devil is in the divisional: an analysis of divisional patents, deadlines, declarations and suggestions for future practice” by Mieke Filler provides a comprehensive analysis of the strategic use of divisional patents in the pharmaceutical sector to delay generic and biosimilar market entry.

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Deliver Fast, Flexible Clinical Trial Insights with Spotfire

Clinical research has entered a new era, one that requires real-time analytics and visualization to allow trial leaders to work collaboratively and to develop, at the click of a mouse, deep insights that enable proactive study management. Learn how Revvity Signals helps drug developers deliver clinical trial data insights in real-time using a fast and flexible data and analytics platform to empower data-driven decision-making.

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Wear it, then recycle: Designers make dissolvable textiles from gelatin

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

Researchers hope their DIY machine will help designers around the world experiment with making their own, sustainable fashion and other textiles from a range of natural ingredients -- maybe even the chitin in crab shells or agar-agar from algae.

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Innovative Approaches to Extend the Life of Drug Patents

Drug Patent Watch

Pharmaceutical companies employ various strategies to extend the commercial life and patent protection of successful drugs. Here are some key approaches with examples: New Formulations One common strategy is to develop and patent new formulations of the existing drug compound to provide benefits like reduced dosing frequency, easier administration, improved bioavailability, or reduced side effects.

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A new way to measure aging and disease risk with the protein aggregation clock

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

Could measuring protein clumps in our cells be a new way to find out our risk of getting age-related diseases? Researchers propose the concept of a 'protein aggregation clock' to measure aging and health.

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Surgeon General Calls for Warning Labels on Social Media Sites

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MONDAY, June 17, 2024 -- The U.S. Surgeon General announced Monday that he will push for warning labels on all social media platforms, stating that they may harm teens' mental health."The mental health crisis among young people is an emergency --.

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Clinical Data Like You´ve Never Seen It Before: Why Spotfire Is the Leading Tool for Clinical Analytics

Clinical development organizations face a wide array of challenges when it comes to data, many of which can impact the operational effectiveness of their clinical trials. In this whitepaper, experts from Revvity Signals explore how solutions like TIBCO® Spotfire® enable better, more streamlined studies. The whitepaper also features a success story from Ambrx, a leading biopharmaceutical company, detailing how it has leveraged Spotfire to tackle data quality and collaboration challenges in clinic

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Direct evidence found for dairy consumption in the Pyrenees in the earliest stages of the Neolithic

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

A study on the remains of the Chaves and Puyascada caves, both located in the province of Huesca, Spain, yields the first direct proof of the consumption and processing of dairy products in the Pyrenees already at the start of the Neolithic period, approximately 7,500 years ago, as well as the consumption of pig. The results lead to doubts about the belief that these products were first used much later in the Pyrenean mountain range.

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Abortion pill ruling offers measure of relief for FDA, biotech

BioPharma Drive: Drug Pricing

One biotech executive called the Supreme Court’s decision a “very important win” for the industry, although new challenges to the FDA’s regulation of the drug could still be forthcoming.

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A Practical Guide to FtO Analysis for Drug Repurposing Ventures

Drug Patent Watch

A recent whitepaper by Hermann Mucke summarizes the steps to performing an FTO for drug repurposing: Overview An FtO analysis determines if a new product or process can proceed without infringing third-party intellectual property (IP) rights, especially patents. It is crucial for drug repurposing projects involving known compounds that may still be patent-protected.

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Investigating the origins of the crab nebula

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

A team of scientists used NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to parse the composition of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant located 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Taurus.

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There May Be 6 Types of Depression, and Brain Scans Can Sort Them Out

Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 17, 2024 -- Depression can be sorted into six distinct types using brain scans, a revelation that could improve treatment for many suffering the debilitating mood disorder.Researchers analyzed brain scans to identify six different.

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Modified gravity theory: A million light years and still going

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

In a breakthrough discovery that challenges the conventional understanding of cosmology, scientists have unearthed new evidence that could reshape our perception of the cosmos. New research shows that rotation curves of galaxies stay flat indefinitely far out, corroborating predictions of modified gravity theory as an alternative to dark matter.

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Inherited Alzheimer's: Whether It's From Mom or Dad Could Matter

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MONDAY, June 17, 2024 -- Genetics can play a role in a person's odds for Alzheimer's disease, and new research suggests differences in that risk are based on which parent had the illness.In a study of 4,400 people still "cognitively unimpaired,".

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Pair of merging quasars at cosmic dawn

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

Astronomers have discovered a double-record-breaking pair of quasars. Not only are they the most distant pair of merging quasars ever found, but also the only pair confirmed in the bygone era of the Universe's earliest formation.

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Pet Bearded Dragons Pose Salmonella Danger, CDC Warns

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MONDAY, June 17, 2024 -- Lizards called bearded dragons may not breathe fire, but they can be a source of one nasty infection: Salmonella.So warned the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a health advisory on Friday, noting there.

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Breakthrough approach enables bidirectional BCI functionality

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

Brain-computer interfaces or BCIs hold immense potential for individuals with a wide range of neurological conditions, but the road to implementation is long and nuanced for both the invasive and noninvasive versions of the technology. Scientists have now successfully integrated a novel focused ultrasound stimulation to realize bidirectional BCI that both encodes and decodes brain waves using machine learning in a study with 25 human subjects.

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Getting Your Exercise in Nature May Bring Added Benefits

Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 17, 2024 -- Exercising in natural surroundings -- a jog through a park, a bicycle ride along a trail -- could be more beneficial than working out indoors, a new review suggests.However, access to natural areas that are public varies.

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Partnering to Reduce the Risk to Firefighters Responding to High-risk Buildings

NIOSH Science Blog: Drugs

Building strategic partnerships can create solutions to large community safety issues High-risk buildings can be abandoned or condemned structures. These buildings pose hazards to firefighters and communities. This is because many are structurally unsound and not safe for any person to enter. These buildings are commonly a key contributing factor to firefighter line of duty deaths, noted in NIOSH firefighter fatality investigations.

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Syncona melds two gene therapy biotechs for better shot at new nervous system treatments

BioPharma Drive: Drug Pricing

The new company, Spur Therapeutics, is getting another $50 million from Syncona to support its broadened pipeline, which targets Parkinson’s disease as well as heart conditions.

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An earthquake changed the course of the Ganges: Could it happen again?

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

A major earthquake 2,500 years ago caused one of the largest rivers on Earth to abruptly change course, according to a new study. The previously undocumented quake rerouted the main channel of the Ganges River in what is now densely populated Bangladesh, which remains vulnerable to big quakes.

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The critical role of comprehensive RNA sequencing in liquid biopsy for biomarker discovery and clinical trials

BioPharma Drive: Drug Pricing

Elevate precision medicine: dose optimization and immune monitoring through advanced liquid biopsies.

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What Are Nicotine Pouches, and Are They Less Harmful Than Smoking?

Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 17, 2024 -- Nicotine pouches might be less harmful than smoking or chewing tobacco, but they still pose an addiction risk to users, a new review finds.These pouches are filled with crystallized nicotine, and are placed between the gums.

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Takeda drug for rare types of epilepsy misses goal in late-stage trial

BioPharma Drive: Drug Pricing

Called soticlestat, the drug had seemed promising in earlier studies for people with Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, enough to persuade Takeda to take on full rights to the drug.

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New patent expiration for Siga Technologies drug TPOXX

Drug Patent Watch

Annual Drug Patent Expirations for TPOXX Tpoxx is a drug marketed by Siga Technologies and is included in two NDAs. It is available from one supplier. There are ten patents protecting this drug. This drug has ninety-one patent family members in twenty-three countries. The generic ingredient in TPOXX is tecovirimat.

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Early patient engagement can improve medication adherence. Here’s how.

BioPharma Drive: Drug Pricing

Research shows that 20% of patients have failed to fill a script in the past, and one-third aren’t confident managing their illness. Engaging patients as soon as a medicine is prescribed can help.

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New patent expiration for Cephalon drug NUVIGIL

Drug Patent Watch

Annual Drug Patent Expirations for NUVIGIL Nuvigil is a drug marketed by Cephalon and is included in one NDA. It is available from seven suppliers. There are two patents protecting this drug and two Paragraph IV challenges. NUVIGIL drug price trends. Drug patent litigation for NUVIGIL. The generic ingredient in NUVIGIL is armodafinil.

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