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2024 predictions: Experts comment on AI, ML and automation

Drug Discovery World

DDW’s Megan Thomas spoke to experts from the drug discovery industry about their predictions on what 2024 holds for our sector. This is part of a series of predictions based on different themes. Here, experts weigh in on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and automation in the sector. Updesh Dosanjh, Practice Leader for Pharmacovigilance Technology Solutions, IQVIA “In 2024, the traditional pain points of the pharmacovigilance (PV) space will not disappear.

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Some CRISPR screens may be missing cancer drug targets

Broad Institute

Some CRISPR screens may be missing cancer drug targets By Allessandra DiCorato June 14, 2024 Breadcrumb Home Some CRISPR screens may be missing cancer drug targets Current CRISPR guides don’t work equally well in cells from people of all ancestries, which could lead to false negative results. By Allessandra DiCorato June 14, 2024 Credit: Ricardo Job-Reese, Broad Communications CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing has made possible a multitude of biomedical experiments including studies that systematically t

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Using AI to decode dog vocalizations

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

Have you ever wished you could understand what your dog is trying to say to you? Researchers are exploring the possibilities of AI, developing tools that can identify whether a dog's bark conveys playfulness or aggression.

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In review of Lilly Alzheimer’s drug, FDA staff focus on safety, patient selection

BioPharma Drive: Drug Pricing

The agency is seeking input from an advisory panel on whether donanemab is effective across different groups of Alzheimer's patients, and on an unusual dosing strategy used by Lilly.

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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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FDA Warns of Toxic Lead in Cinnamon Products

Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2024 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a health advisory Wednesday warning consumers that six brands of ground cinnamon are tainted with lead. The FDA urged folks to throw away and not buy the following brands of.

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50 years after founding, NIDA urges following science to move beyond stigma

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Nora's Blog

50 years after founding, NIDA urges following science to move beyond stigma area Thu, 02/01/2024 - 11:20 Nora's Blog February 1, 2024 Image NIDA Image In 2024, NIDA celebrates its 50th anniversary. On May 14, 1974, an act of Congress established the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and since then NIDA has led the world in funding and conducting research on drug use and addiction.

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What to know about endometrial cancer

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Also known as endometrial carcinoma or uterine cancer, endometrial cancer occurs when the cells that line the uterus begin growing uncontrollably. Though the mortality rates are relatively low due to the high rate of early detection, it is a cancer that impacts nearly 70,000 people every year.

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Optimizing OpenFold Training for Drug Discovery

Nvidia Developer: Drug Discovery

Predicting 3D protein structures from amino acid sequences has been an important long-standing question in bioinformatics. In recent years, deep. Predicting 3D protein structures from amino acid sequences has been an important long-standing question in bioinformatics. In recent years, deep learning–based computational methods have been emerging and have shown promising results.

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Sentiment & Themes Emerging From JPM 2024

LifeSciVC

By Aimee Raleigh, Principal at Atlas Venture, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC Just in time for new years’ reflections and resolutions, this year’s JPM felt like a refreshing burst of enthusiasm for a sector that has seen its challenges in 2022 and 2023 but also some green shoots. 2023 was a stellar year for M&A, comeback stories, burgeoning “hot” spaces, and for re-learning the basics of belt-tightening and careful capital allocation.

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Scrub-a-Dub-Dub: FTC is Cleansing the Orange Book of Device Patents

FDA Law Blog: Biosimilars

By Sara W. Koblitz — As we have noted for the last year or so, the FTC has been on a mission to clean up the Orange Book by removing what it deems to be “improper” patents. The FTC has put out policy statements, challenged patent listings, tapped Congress, appeared on talk shows, and filed amicus briefs all in the span of the last 8 months. It seems like all that work is paying off.

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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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Deliberate Dysentery

Codon

Introduction The intentional infection of human beings with pathogens under study has been going on for centuries. In 1796, an English physician named Edward Jenner inoculated an 8-year-old boy against smallpox with cowpox lesions he retrieved from the hands of a dairymaid. Today, refined versions of these human challenge studies have become standard practice in testing vaccines for vector-borne diseases (e.g., yellow fever, malaria, and dengue), evaluating new drugs or treatments, and studying

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Scientists link certain gut bacteria to lower heart disease risk

Broad Institute

Scientists link certain gut bacteria to lower heart disease risk By Allessandra DiCorato April 2, 2024 Breadcrumb Home Scientists link certain gut bacteria to lower heart disease risk Study finds several species of cholesterol-metabolizing bacteria in people with lower cholesterol levels. By Allessandra DiCorato April 2, 2024 Credit: Ahmed Mohamed Rod-shaped Oscillibacter sp. bacteria take up fluorescently labeled cholesterol (here shown in green).

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Father's diet before conception influences children's health

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

A recent study provides new insights into how fathers' diets and overweight can affect their children's health even before conception. The findings of the study can help develop preventive health measures for men wishing to become fathers: The healthier the father's diet, the lower the risk for their children to develop obesity or diseases such as diabetes later in life.

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Investors put $400M into biotech licensing obesity drugs from China

BioPharma Drive: Drug Pricing

The biotech, tentatively named Hercules CM Newco, has rights to three incretin drugs discovered by Jiangsu Hengrui Pharmaceuticals, two of which are in clinical testing.

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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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Stomach Paralysis Risk May Rise in People Taking Ozempic and Similar Drugs

Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 20, 2024 -- New, real-world research confirms that the blockbuster weight-loss drugs that millions of Americans have been taking to shed pounds can trigger stomach paralysis in some patients.“Although these drugs do work and should be.

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How long does a patent last for drugs?

Drug Patent Watch

Sure, here’s a more detailed explanation with examples: Drug Patent Duration Drug patents are granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a period of 20 years… Source

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Unlocking the potential of natural products in drug discovery

Drug Target Review

Between 2000 and 2020, approximately 30 percent of the newly introduced small molecule drugs were derived from natural products. 1 Surprisingly, however, less than one percent of the natural world’s chemical composition has been identified or studied by scientists. While plant-derived molecules (phytochemicals) have long played an essential role in drug discovery due to their diverse biological activities and chemical properties, the reliance on time-consuming and expensive screening techniques

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On National Cancer Survivors Day, celebrating the power of research

Antidote

This Sunday, June 2, is National Cancer Survivors Day , designed to be a celebration for those who have survived cancer and an inspiration for those recently diagnosed. Since 1991, the national cancer death rate has dropped by 33% , partially due to advancements in treatment, early detection, and reduced smoking rates.

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National Safety Month 2024

NIOSH Science Blog: Drugs

Each June, we bring a little extra attention to safety issues by highlighting National Safety Month®. For each week of the month, the National Safety Council (NSC) identifies a theme to focus on. This blog highlights select research and prevention efforts from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and NSC in this year’s focus areas of safety engagement; roadway safety; risk reduction; and slips, trips and falls.

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Addgene is Stopping Use of X (formerly Twitter)

addgene Blog

Addgene is announcing we have chosen to stop all activity on X, formerly Twitter. If you are interested in engaging with us on social media, you can find us on Bluesky: @addgene.bsky.social; or @addgene on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and LinkedIn. We are also exploring other social media platforms with active scientific communities and welcome suggestions in the comments.

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Your Idea Factory – Quality Innovation from Quantity

Perficient: Drug Development

Quality innovation is not for the weak at heart! Innovation myths may have you thinking it is for the lucky or the extremely talented – that’s not true. Pablo Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Thomas Edison quipped, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” In this blog post, I want to focus on a different quote with the same intent.

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AI in Drug Discovery - A Highly Opinionated Literature Review (Part III)

Practical Cheminformatics

Following up on Part I and Part II, the third post in this series is a collection of review articles published in 2023 that I found helpful.

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Scientists generate new targeted protein degradation system that tunes a cell’s own proteins

Broad Institute

Scientists generate new targeted protein degradation system that tunes a cell’s own proteins By Leah Eisenstadt March 14, 2024 Breadcrumb Home Scientists generate new targeted protein degradation system that tunes a cell’s own proteins Researchers have engineered a compact degron tag that can be precisely edited into a cell’s genome, enabling scientists to trigger the rapid breakdown of native target proteins.

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Parkinson's Disease: New theory on the disease's origins and spread

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

New hypothesis paper builds on a growing scientific consensus that Parkinson's disease route to the brain starts in either the nose or the gut and proposes that environmental toxicants are the likely source.

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After ‘sobering’ FDA panel, psychedelics supporters wonder what’s next

BioPharma Drive: Drug Pricing

A vote against MDMA-assisted therapy set back a high-profile treatment. Proponents argue the panel offered few solutions to longstanding problems, making the path forward unclear.

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Vancomycin May Be Losing Strength Against Common Deadly Infection

Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 26, 2024 -- Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) is a leading cause of illness and death, especially for frail and hospitalized Americans. Now, a new study suggests that the leading antibiotic used to fight it, vancomycin, may be.

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Lessons from Monte Carlo Models: Why Drug Development is Hard

DrugBaron

“There is more than one way to skin a cat” is a rather gruesome British idiom, but its sentiment surely applies to running a successful pharmaceutical portfolio. It is now more than a decade since Francesco De Rubertis, together with Kevin Johnson and Michele Olier, coined the term “asset-centric” investing to describe the approach to portfolio creation that still underpins the strategy at Medicxi.

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Discovering an Antimalarial Drug in Mao’s China

Codon

Wendi Yan writes about the discovery of artemisinin, a medicine that has saved millions of lives, for Issue 01. Drawing on recently published Chinese texts, Wendi’s reporting provides a more comprehensive telling of this discovery than has previously been described. When her father gave Tu the name “Youyou,” he started with characters from the Chinese classic Book of Odes: “The deer bleat: ‘yōu yōu’ while eating wild ‘hāo’” (&#

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Who decides whether you get into a clinical trial?

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One may choose to participate in a clinical trial for many reasons. Volunteering often has multiple benefits, from advancing medical research to gaining access to cutting-edge medical care. However, deciding to enroll in a clinical trial is only one part of the process.

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Accelerating Drug Discovery at Receptor.AI with NVIDIA BioNeMo Cloud APIs

Nvidia Developer: Drug Discovery

The quest for new, effective treatments for diseases that remain stubbornly resistant to current therapies is at the heart of drug discovery. This traditionally. The quest for new, effective treatments for diseases that remain stubbornly resistant to current therapies is at the heart of drug discovery. This traditionally long and expensive process has been radically improved by AI techniques like deep learning, empowered by the rise of accelerated computing.

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Participants of pioneering CRISPR gene editing trial see vision improve

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

About 79% of clinical trial participants experienced measurable improvement after receiving experimental, CRISPR-based gene editing that is designed to fix a rare form of blindness, according to a new article.

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One third of China's urban population at risk of city sinking, new satellite data shows

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

Land subsidence is overlooked as a hazard in cities, according to new research. Scientists used satellite data that accurately and consistently maps land movement across China.

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Poor quality diet makes our brains sad

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

Eating a poor quality diet might lead to brain changes that are associated with depression and anxiety. This is according to a first-of-its-kind study into the brain chemistry and structure, and diet quality of 30 volunteers.

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Cells may possess hidden communication system

Science Daily: Pharmacology News

Cells constantly navigate a dynamic environment, facing ever-changing conditions and challenges. But how do cells swiftly adapt to these environmental fluctuations? A new study is answering that question by challenging our understanding of how cells function. A team of researchers suggests that cells possess a previously unknown information processing system that allows them to make rapid decisions independent of their genes.

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