2021

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FDA clears GE Healthcare AI algorithm for patient intubation

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An artificial intelligence algorithm developed by GE Healthcare that helps with the placement of endotracheal tubes (ETTs) has been approved by the FDA. The new tool – part of GE’s Critical Care Suite 2.0 – helps bedside staff and radiologists assess patients before intubation – for example prior to ventilation in patients with critical COVID-19 – and make sure their ETTs are positioned correctly.

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New inhaled SARS-CoV-2 antibody treatment set to enter clinical trials

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Memo Therapeutics AG will receive CHF 10.5m (US $11.4m) from the Swiss government to clinically develop a SARS-CoV-2 antibody against COVID-19, allowing it to start Phase 1 studies in Q1, 2022.

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Nearly 32,000 Kaiser Permanente workers set to strike Nov. 15. Tens of thousands more mulling their own demonstrations

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Nearly 32,000 Kaiser Permanente workers set to strike Nov. 15. Tens of thousands more mulling their own demonstrations. dmuoio. Fri, 11/05/2021 - 10:58.

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EU backs approval of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in 12-17 year-olds

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Study in adolescents met it primary endpoint, successfully bridging immune responses to those observed in an efficacy study in adults

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Position Your Pharmacy for Expansion

Speaker: Chris Antypas and Josh Halladay

Access to limited distribution drugs and payer contracts are key to pharmacy expansion. But how do you prepare your operations to take the next step? Meaningful data: Collect and share clinical data regarding outcomes, utilization, and more Reporting: Limited distribution models require efficient tracking and reporting systems Workflows: Align workflows with specific pharma and payer contractual requirements For in-depth, expert insights on pharmacy expansion, watch this webinar from Inovalon.

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AI could be used to guide drug therapy for heart failure

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UK researchers have used artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a way to identify patients with heart failure who would benefit from treatment with beta blockers, by interrogating data from nine landmark clinical trials. The study applied machine learning to trial data involving 15,659 patients who were being treated for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), a form of heart failure where the left side of the heart isn’t able to pump blood effectively around the body.

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Around 250 digital health apps are launching every day, says IQVIA

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There was a dramatic increase in the launch of health-related mobile applications last year, taking the total number on offer in app stories to 350,000 – and while average quality is currently “middling” it is on the rise, according to a report from IQVIA. The pandemic contributed to another 90,000 apps being introduced in 2020 – an average of 250 per day – and this coupled with rising number and functionality of wearable devices “provides evidence of digital health’s acc

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Virtual reality therapy: The future of chronic pain management?

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Could virtual reality tools be effective in helping patients ‘unlearn’ their chronic pain? p harmaphorum speaks to Professor Christopher Eccleston from the University of Bath’s Centre of Pain Research to find out how digital therapeutics are shaping the future of pain management. A digital software developed by Finnish drugmaker Orion is aiming to address chronic pain conditions using virtual reality (VR) devices that provide an immersive gamified therapeutic treatment program.

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Older people ‘more likely to engage with digital physiotherapy care’

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Researchers in the US have found that older people are far more likely to engage with digital physiotherapy programmes digitally than those in younger age groups. Gen Xers, working-age baby boomers and retirees – collectively the over-41 age bracket – were more likely to start a musculoskeletal (MSK) programme delivered via digital channels than Gen Zers and millennials, according to Hinge Health, whose back and joint pain programme was used in the study.

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BioNTech takes its first cancer vaccine into phase 2

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It would be easy to forget that back in 2019, BioNTech was an early-stage biotech firmly focused on cancer vaccines, before being catapulted onto the world-stage with its COVID-19 shot. Now, the German company has issued a reminder of its original R&D mission with the start of the first phase 2 trial of BNT111 – the first of several cancer vaccine candidates – in patients with skin cancer.

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Privacy issues widespread with digital health apps, says BMJ

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Developers of mobile health apps are comprehensively failing to safeguard the privacy of users, according to a study by researchers in Australia. The team from Macquarie University compared 15,000 free mobile health (mHealth) apps available on the Google Play store and compared their privacy practices to those found in 8,000 non-health apps, finding “serious problems with privacy and inconsistent privacy practices.” The range of apps put under scrutiny included tools for managing hea

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What the FDA's New Dosage Guidance Means for the Future of Clinical Research

Speaker: Dr. Ben Locwin - Biopharmaceutical Executive & Healthcare Futurist

What will the future hold for clinical research? A recent draft from the FDA provides valuable insight. In "Optimizing the Dosage of Human Prescription Drugs and Biological Products for the Treatment of Oncologic Diseases," the FDA notes that "targeted therapies demonstrate different dose-response relationships compared to cytotoxic chemotherapy, such that doses below the Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD) may have similar efficacy to the MTD but with fewer toxicities.

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DeepVerge’s nanochip-based COVID breath test could be ready this year

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DeepVerge has announced trial data showing its COVID-19 Microtox BT breath test can deliver accurate results in under 60 seconds, with a potential roll-out later this year if further tests support it. The company has already completed of the system that resembles a breathalyser in phase 1 and phase 2 studies with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the safety of laboratories.

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EU probes low platelet safety issue with COVID-19 shots

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EU regulators are reviewing reports of low blood platelets in patients who received any of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna. The experts have also recommended a safety update on the label of Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, which has been linked to anaphylactic reactions, in what has turned out to be a concerning week for vaccine safety.

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Digital fabric could be used to measure health data

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Researchers in the US have developed a wearable fabric that can sense, store and analyse data that could be used to measure physiological functions or detect illness. The team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claim this is the first example of a fabric which can record data in a digital rather than in an analogue format, allowing it to be programmed like any other digital device.

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Merck takes further steps to expand access to oral COVID pill

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Merck & Co has signed a licensing deal with the UN-backed Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) that could pave the way for generic companies to manufacture its much-anticipated oral antiviral for COVID-19. The agreement would provide royalty-free licenses to companies manufacturing molnupiravir – originally developed by Ridgeback Biotherapeutics – for distribution in 105 low- and middle-income countries around the world.

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5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Pharmacy Management Software

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From patient engagement to patient centricity

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Words matter. In the pharma industry, “patient engagement” and “patient centricity” might seem like interchangeable bits of corporate jargon. But the difference between them is not like the choice between “agreeing” and “aligning” or “getting together later” and “taking this offline.” Going from the vital activity of patient engagement to the more encompassing state of patient centricity requires big steps in the evolution of new-drug discovery, development, and delivery.

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Gene editing: beyond the hype

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Genome editing is an exciting but still nascent field, and companies in the area face as many obstacles as they do opportunities. Sangamo CEO Sandy Macrae told us how his company is being cautious about the hype and finding ways to be financially viable in an emerging space. ‘Cutting edge’ is, for once, a truly apt description when it comes to gene editing – both because the field is pushing medicine into areas we might never have dreamed possible, and because these technologies involve literall

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GDPR represents an “urgent threat” to the EU’s research leadership role

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More than 5,000 collaborative studies were thwarted by GDPR rules in 2019 – but is there a way to protect sensitive data while still allowing international health research to thrive? . A coalition of European academy networks has called upon European Union (EU) leaders to rethink how General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules are applied to health data.

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Italian ‘chatbot’ predicted COVID-19 spikes, says study

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An online tool used by people in Italy to manage their potential exposure to COVID-19 using a simple chat interface has shown that it can spot emerging trends days ahead of the national surveillance system. The decision support system (DSS) – developed by Italian digital health startup Paginemediche – provided a way for people to assess and interpret their symptoms and provide guidance on what to do next, such as self-isolate or seek out a test.

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Study finds Germany trails Spain and the US in digital health

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Germany is lagging behind other countries in the adoption of digital health, including Spain and the US, according to a new survey carried out on behalf of drugmaker Fresenius. . The three-country poll found that Spain is way out in front, with over half of people asked responding that digital is already playing a major role in the networking of healthcare facilities, diagnosing illnesses and telemedicine.

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Gamification for patient care, medical education, and virtual engagement

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“Gamification” – adding game-like elements into non-game or real-world settings – has become a popular concept in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and event industries, especially as virtual engagement becomes more common during COVID-19. However, it is proving more than a mere buzzword. With diverse applications and approaches, it is quickly becoming a promising tool for patient adherence, chronic disease management, preventive medicine, rehabilitation, and paediatric care, as well as for medica

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UK biotech ‘booming’ as sector rakes in £1.6bn in Q2 financing

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The UK’s biotechnology sector is going through a purple patch, attracting almost £1.6 billion ($2.2 billion) in financing in the three months to end-May – which is a record for the industry. The new figures – from the BioIndustry Association and Clarivate – were dominated by more than £1 billion in venture capital funding for UK biotech and life sciences companies, headlined by DNA sequencing company Oxford Nanopore’s £195 million raise in May that was just shy of the £205 million re

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UK Vaccine Taskforce head lifts lid on Novavax deal

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The UK’s unique offering as a life sciences research hub helped convince US biotech Novavax to develop its COVID-19 jab there, according to the head of the country’s Vaccines Taskforce. . Last August the UK government finalised a deal with Novavax to purchase 60 million doses of the NVX-CoV2373 vaccine, which will also be manufactured in the country at a plant owned by FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies in Stockton-on-Tees.

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UK left trailing as EU quickly approves Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

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The European Union has approved the coronavirus vaccine from Moderna, leaving the UK trailing because of changes to post-Brexit drug approval rules. With the UK reeling from one of the worst outbreaks of the disease, it’s a worrying situation for one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic that is relying on vaccines to bring the virus under control.

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Gilead says Veklury should work against COVID-19 variants

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Gilead Sciences says its antiviral Veklury should be effective against the new, more contagious COVID-19 variants discovered in the UK and South Africa. According to the US biopharma company, genetic analyses of publicly available sequences for the new variants of SARS-CoV-2 suggest the mutations in the viral spike protein that have made them more transmissible shouldn’t affect the way Veklury (remdesivir) works.

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What we’re expecting in 2021, and beyond…

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From telehealth to digital trials, customer engagement to healthcare data, Healthware Group outlines the key trends that are expected to shake up digital health this year. Well, it goes without saying, COVID-19 has resulted in a rapid adoption of digital technologies across all industries, most notably in healthcare. There are several important aspects to these shifts for pharma, biotech and medical device companies, so what can we expect to see over the next 12 months and beyond?

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Novo Nordisk crowns cell therapy pipeline with $598m Heartseed deal

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Novo Nordisk is paying $55 million upfront to secure rights to a cell therapy for heart failure developed by Japanese startup Heartseed. The Danish drugmaker has acquired exclusive rights outside Japan to Heartseed’s HS-001 therapy based on heart muscle cells (cardiomyocytes) derived from human stem cells, and is due to start the phase 1/2 LAPiS trial in Japan later this year.

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White paper reveals pathway for digital therapeutics use in Italy

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A white paper has outlined a pathway that could allow Italy to realise the potential of digital therapeutics (DTx). The official journal of the Smith Kline Foundation, Tendenze Nuove, has published the paper entitled “Digital Therapeutics, an Opportunity for Italy” earlier this month. The book features insights and recommendations from 40 leading experts in the field, who hope that Italy will begin to follow in the footsteps of early adopters of digital therapeutics such as Germany, France and

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Apple, Google block NHS contact tracing app update on privacy grounds

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A scheduled update to the NHS COVID-19 app has been blocked because it allows location tracking – something prohibited by Apple and Google, which developed some of the code it uses. . The new version of the app used in England and Wales was due to become available today to coincide with the relaxation of lockdown rules, with the public now able to attend venues such as non-essential shops, pub beer garden, gyms and hairdressers.

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Health tech and digital transformation lessons from the NHS

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In the year since the UK went into its first lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19 the country’s health service has undergone an unprecedented digital transformation. . The NHS quickly scrambled to reduce face-to-face contact between patients and healthcare professionals, and manage demand for services that would soon be overstretched by dealing with the pandemic.

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Trial of Jazz’ cannabis drug in glioblastoma will start next year

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An investigator-led trial of Jazz Pharma’s cannabis extract-based drug Sativex in glioblastoma – an aggressive form of brain cancer – will get underway in the UK next year. The three-year phase 2 trial will be carried out by researchers at Leeds University led by professor of clinical oncology and neuro-oncology Susan Short, and see if adding Sativex (nabiximols) to standard chemotherapy for recurrent glioblastoma can extend survival.

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Rapid COVID immune status test launched in UK, Ireland

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You’ve had your two COVID-19 jabs, but are you actually protected against infection? That’s a question that a fingerprick test launched today in the UK and Ireland could help to answer. The test – originally developed by US manufacturer Chembio Diagnostics – has been introduced into the UK and Irish markets by Guilford-based Luas Diagnostics and tests for the presence of SARS-CoV-2-targeting antibodies in the blood.

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Pfizer buys immuno-inflammatory firm Arena Pharmaceuticals for $6.7b

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The pharmaceutical company currently has several promising treatments in development for gastroenterological, dermatological, and cardiological conditions.

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Inside the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial: ‘We knew the world was watching and waiting for results’

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The 2020 Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial recruited more than 44,000 participants and reached submission for emergency authorization in 248 days: showing unprecedented speed and agility in the context of a global pandemic. So what have been the learnings from the trial â and how could they be applied to vaccine development in the future?

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Bias in artificial intelligence impacts drug development: AiCure

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According to an expert from the clinical insights company, prejudice in AI can impact patient outcomes as well as the ability to develop effective treatments.

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