AstraZeneca's Fasenra keeps the heat on GSK's Nucala with new phase 2 data

AstraZeneca | April 04, 2019

AstraZeneca’s Fasenra is already pressuring GlaxoSmithKline's Nucala in severe eosinophilic asthma, and new data could help set up a showdown between the two in another indication. By week 12 of a phase 2 study in hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES), Fasenra cut patients' blood eosinophil counts by at least half, AstraZeneca showed with results published Thursday. Only 30% of patients taking placebo reached that mark. In patients with biopsies taken, results showed a “near-complete depletion” of eosinophils, the company said. “We are encouraged by these trial results for Fasenra in hypereosinophilic syndrome and the data are potentially important given the limited treatment options for this debilitating disease,” Mene Pangalos, AstraZeneca’s EVP of pharma R&D, said in a statement. AstraZeneca spokeswoman Abigail Bozarth said the estimated U.S. population affected by HES, a rare disease that can lead to fatal organ damage, is around 20,500, but the number could be higher.

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USP Introduces Analytical R&D to Optimize Continuous Manufacturing Technologies

US Pharmacopeia | January 04, 2023

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has announced the launch of the USP Advanced Manufacturing Technology Lab in Richmond, Virginia, as a part of its launch of a suite of R&D analytical solutions. These analytical lab services will aid drug manufacturers in adopting advanced manufacturing technologies, such as pharmaceutical continuous manufacturing (PCM), to increase geographic diversity in pharmaceutical manufacturing and support medicine supply chain resilience. The new R&D analytical solutions will include analytical lab services that take advantage of USP's in-house scientific expertise and cutting-edge facilities at the USP Advanced Manufacturing Technology Lab in Richmond, as well as its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. These capabilities will be utilized to characterize materials and qualify and develop ways to help ensure the quality of PCM-based medicines. PCM involves a continuous flow of materials through a process pipeline in which two or more unit operations are directly connected and the sequential transformation of those materials. As the input materials are fed in, the process output, such as an active pharmaceutical ingredient or drug product, is collected, and the complete procedure is carried out in a single facility. USP's emphasis on R&D analytical solutions and PCM-specific quality assessments is part of a broader set of activities aimed at addressing the problems of PCM adoption and bolstering pharmaceuticals' supply chain resilience. Consulting services provided by a USP company, Pharmatech Associates, Inc., can assist manufacturers with decision-making and problems associated with PCM adoption. Pharmatech Associates consulting services, which operate independently of USP's standards-setting processes, provide manufacturers interested in PCM and other advanced manufacturing technologies with technical, business, and regulatory strategies, workforce training, and equipment and process design. About The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) USP is a non-profit, independent scientific organization that provides safe, high-quality pharmaceuticals. The organization has strived to establish confidence in the world's drugs, dietary supplements, and foods for more than two centuries. It protects patient safety and enhances global health via rigorous science and the establishment of public quality standards.

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RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Inc. Enters a Collaboration With National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke to Advance its Lead GABAkine

RespireRX Pharmaceuticals Inc. | December 06, 2022

RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Inc. a leader in the discovery and development of innovative and revolutionary treatments to combat diseases caused by disruption of neuronal signaling, is pleased to announce that RespireRx has been accepted into the NIH HEAL Initiative® NINDS Preclinical Screening Platform for Pain program. The Company’s lead GABAkine, KRM-II-81, has been shown to be effective in relieving acute, chronic, and neuropathic pain in a number of models without tolerance development or sedation. The Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative, is an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. Launched in April 2018, the initiative is focused on improving prevention and treatment strategies for opioid misuse and addiction, and enhancing pain management. The PSPP program, part of the NIH HEAL Initiative, evaluates non-opioid assets in a battery of established preclinical models. The PSPP program accepts small molecules, biologics, devices, or natural products for evaluation, from researchers in academia and industry worldwide. The RespireRx team is led by Dr. Arnold Lippa, RespireRx Executive Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer and Drs. James M. Cook, Jeffrey M. Witkin and Rok Cerne, all of whom are RespireRx Research Fellows in addition to their academic affiliations at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ascension St. Vincent and Indiana University/Purdue University, respectively. The team has extensive expertise in drug discovery and development including the development of novel analgesic drugs and an extensive publication record with a combined total of over 1,000 scientific publications. The team has already profiled KRM-II-81 activity in a broad range of preclinical studies where it has displayed a high degree of analgesic activity and is excited at the prospect of advancing the Companay’s lead GABAkine toward clinical development. In cellular studies, KRM-II-81 preferentially bound to specific subtypes of GABAA receptors and boosted the ability of GABA to inhibit pain sensory neurons in the spinal dorsal root ganglia. In intact animal models of acute and chronic pain, the analgesic efficacy of KRM-II-81 was comparable to or greater than commonly used analgesics. At the same time, KRM-II-81 did not display side effects such as sedation and motor impairment, but even more importantly, it did not produce tolerance, dependence, respiratory depression, or behavioral changes indicative of abuse liability, which are produced by opioid narcotics and are at the heart of the opioid epidemic. Unrelated to the NINDS project, KRM-II-81 has also shown promising results in multiple animal models of treatment resistant epilepsy and in human translational studies by reducing epileptiform electrical signaling in brain tissue removed from treatment resistant epileptic patients undergoing surgery. Dr. Cerne commented “We believe that the expansion of our understanding of GABAA receptor structure and function has created a new surge in the discovery and development of GABAkines that target such receptors in a unique manner. This opens the promise of improved medicines for pain, epilepsy and other disorders caused by disruption of neuronal signaling.” “We are very excited about developing KRM-II-81 and expanding the IND enabling studies so as to begin human studies. Pending clinical validation, we believe that KRM-II-81 has the potential to represent a breakthrough treatment for pain, epilepsy, and other neuropsychiatric disorders.” Dr. Lippa About RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Inc. RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a leader in the discovery and development of medicines for the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders, with a focus on treatments that address conditions affecting millions of people, but for which there are few or poor treatment options, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder epilepsy, pain, recovery from spinal cord injury ertain neurological orphan diseases and obstructive sleep apnea. RespireRx is developing a pipeline of new and re-purposed drug products based on our broad patent portfolios for two drug platforms: (i) pharmaceutical cannabinoids, which include dronabinol, a synthetic form of ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol that acts upon the nervous system’s endogenous cannabinoid receptors and (ii) neuromodulators, which include AMPAkines and GABAkines, proprietary chemical entities that positively modulate AMPA-type glutamate receptors and GABAA receptors, respectively. 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Additional US$ 4 Million Received for Next Development Steps of MedinCell's 6-Month Active Injectable Bioresorbable Subcutaneous Contraceptive

MedinCell | December 01, 2022

MedinCell has received an additional US$ 4 million payment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation This amount is intended to finance the next steps of MedinCell’s program mdc-WWM in readiness to initiate the first clinical trial end of 2023 It follows US$ 11,8 million already received as part of the two successive grants for a total of up to US$ 22,5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to finance the development of the program up to phase 1 completion The Gates Foundation has a non-exclusive license on the product for the purposes of achieving Global Access in the target low-and middle-income countries, whilst MedinCell owns all marketing rights worldwide About MedinCell MedinCell is a pharmaceutical company at premarketing stage that develops a portfolio of long-acting injectable products in various therapeutic areas by combining its proprietary BEPO® technology with active ingredients already known and marketed. Through the controlled and extended release of the active pharmaceutical ingredient, MedinCell makes medical treatments more efficient, particularly thanks to improved compliance, i.e. compliance with medical prescriptions, and to a significant reduction in the quantity of medication required as part of a one-off or chronic treatment. The BEPO® technology makes it possible to control and guarantee the regular delivery of a drug at the optimal therapeutic dose for several days, weeks or months starting from the subcutaneous or local injection of a simple deposit of a few millimeters, fully bioresorbable. MedinCell collaborate with tier one pharmaceuticals companies and foundations to improve Global Health through new therapeutic options.

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