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Clinical Trials, Research and Development

Scientists Solve High-Resolution Structure of Psychedelic Drugs Bound to Serotonin Receptors

September 18, 2020

Via: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

Psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline cause severe and often long-lasting hallucinations, but they also show great potential in treating a number of serious psychiatric conditions, such as major depressive disorder. The results of new research headed by […]


Clinical Trials, Research and Development

SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Forms Ten Distinct Structures with ACE2

September 18, 2020

Via: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

A SARS-CoV-2 infection begins when the virus’s spike proteins bind to ACE2 cell surface receptors, enabling the virus to infect human cells. This key event of the receptor binding is followed by fusion of the virus and cell membranes to […]


Industry, Vaccines

Moderna says it will begin developing a vaccine for seasonal flu

September 17, 2020

Via: CNBC

Biotech firm Moderna said Thursday it will begin developing a vaccine for the influenza season. “We are announcing that we are increasing our investment in vaccines and we will develop a seasonal flu vaccine given the unmet need for highly […]


Cell and Gene Therapy, Industry, News

Culprit Behind Immunotherapy Resistance in Some Lymphomas Revealed

September 17, 2020

Via: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

Cancer treatments can be unsuccessful due to malignant cells surviving radiation, chemotherapy, or by evading apoptosis. Now researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan, demonstrate how the protein Livin—an apoptosis inhibitor—allows some lymphomas to resist therapy, and how targeting […]


FDA, Regulations

FDA Clears IND Application for Vaxart Oral COVID-19 Vaccine

September 16, 2020

Via: Contract Pharma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed its review of Vaxart Inc.’s Investigational New Drug (IND) application for its Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating its oral COVID-19 vaccine candidate. “Our goal is to deliver the best, most elegant […]


FDA, News, Regulations

Trump health officials prepare to distribute coronavirus vaccine within 24 hours of OK from FDA

September 16, 2020

Via: CNBC

The U.S. government plans to transport a coronavirus vaccine to distribution sites across the U.S. within 24 hours after the Food and Drug Administration grants an emergency authorization or approval, senior administration officials said Wednesday. The government will use medical […]


Industry, Vaccines

Automation a Key Focus for Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Contractor

September 15, 2020

Via: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

Moderna hired Lonza to make its COVID-19 vaccine in May. Initially, the CDMO will manufacture the vaccine active ingredient—an mRNA molecule in lipid nanoparticles—at plants in the United States and Switzerland. However, the firms plan to establish additional production suites […]


Manufacturing, Research and Development

Sensors Take on Undersampling in Biomanfacturing

September 15, 2020

Via: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

When asked about the biggest challenge in today’s bioprocessing, Sandy Williams, PhD, a biomedical engineering expert at Scientific Bioprocessing (SBI) in Pittsburgh who focuses on regenerative medicine, says, “The biggest concern we have heard from the industry is that bioprocessing […]


Industry, News, Pharma

Timber Pharmaceuticals Receives Notice of Allowance from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for BPX-01 and BPX-04

September 15, 2020

Via: BioSpace

Timber Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Timber” or the “Company”) (NYSE American: TMBR), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of treatments for orphan dermatologic diseases, today announced that it has received a formal notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent […]


Clinical Trials, Research and Development

Which immune response could cause a vaccine against COVID-19?

September 14, 2020

Via: World Pharma News

Immune reactions caused by vaccination can help protect the organism, or sometimes may aggravate the condition. It is especially important now when multiple vaccines against COVID-19 are being developed. The top immunologists analyse types of immune response to predict what […]


FDA, Regulations

FDA ticks off list of grievances over California drug repackager’s quality issues in warning letter

September 11, 2020

Via: FiercePharma

Unlike drugmakers that make their meds in-house, a cottage industry of repackagers exists to resell premade drugs with shiny new labels. But what happens when one of those companies fails at its primary job: safely repackaging drugs? A California firm […]


Clinical Trials, Research and Development

Biotech IPOs: Intra-Cellular Therapies, 10x Genomics and Spero Therapeutics

September 11, 2020

Via: BioSpace

New York-based Intra-Cellular Therapies announced the pricing of its underwritten IPO of 4,750,000 shares at $24 per share, in hopes of raising about $106.5 million. On September 9, the company announced positive topline results from its Phase III Study 402 […]