AZ, Forty Seven to test triple immunotherapy combo for lymphoma

pharmatimes | May 13, 2019

AstraZeneca and Forty Seven are evaluating a new triple combination therapy clinical trial that has the potential to create additional opportunities to further optimise treatment for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Forty Seven’s CD47 antibody, ‘5F9’, will be tested in combination with rituximab and Calquence (acalabrutinib) for the aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). The study aims to build upon the promising results already reported from a Phase Ib study of 5F9 in combination with rituximab in NHL patients by including a third agent, acalabrutinib, to further optimise the treatment of patients. The collaboration will “expand the breadth of our 5F9 development program to include an additional triplet regimen, with the potential to offer patients a treatment option that is more easily administered and the benefit of multiple distinct approaches to treating cancer,” said Craig Gibbs, chief business officer at Forty Seven Inc.

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The interaction between Favipiravir and Onternabez against SARS-COV-2 yields a positive Molecule Synergy probability which is considered significant and justifies the combination of the two drugs to create a new therapeutic that is expected to be beneficial to increase treatment efficacy and reduce the duration of disease. Favipiravir can control the source of infection. Onternabez would contribute to the antiviral efficacy and can control the result of infection. "We are very pleased by these artificial intelligence results as well as the recent positive results from the PIONEER trial. This underscores our commitment with Cellvera to developing an innovative combination drug candidate to combat viral diseases. We are more excited than ever about our collaboration with Cellvera and the possibility of delivering the next scientific breakthroughs." Dr. Guy Chamberland, CEO and Chief Regulatory Officer at Tetra About FAVIPIRAVIR Favipiravir, discovered and developed by FUJIFILM, was first approved under the brand name Avigan® by regulators in Japan in 2014 as a potent broad-spectrum antiviral treatment for influenza. This antiviral drug is effective against 12 families of viruses, including coronaviruses Filoviruses RABIES, NOROVIRUS, and many others. Favipiravir works by inhibiting a viral enzyme called RNA polymerase, preventing viral replication within human cells. Favipiravir has potent antiviral activity against single-stranded RNA viruses, including coronaviruses. This is the protein responsible for "building" the viral proteins. Favipiravir can target the protein necessary for the coronavirus to replicate, making it impossible for the virus to copy itself. About Cellvera Cellvera is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing oral therapies and monitoring tools to address the unmet medical needs of patients with life-threatening viral diseases. Leveraging the Company's deep understanding of antiviral drug development, nucleotide chemistry, biology, biochemistry and virology, Cellvera has built a nucleotide prodrug platform to develop novel product candidates to treat single stranded ribonucleic acid, or ssRNA, viruses, which are a prevalent cause of severe viral diseases. Currently, Cellvera is focused on the clinical and commercial development of orally available, potent, and selective nucleotide prodrugs for difficult-to-treat, life-threatening viral infections, including severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 the virus that causes COVID-19, dengue virus, hepatitis C virus and respiratory syncytial virus. Driven to Discover. 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MedRhythms | December 12, 2022

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We are excited to follow the meaningful impact and continued success of this year's winners." Brian Lee, SVP of CB Insights' Intelligence Unit "Being recognized as a leader in the industry by CB Insights, Reuters Events Pharma and Fast Company is an incredible honor and is a testament to our entire team's commitment to our mission to positively impact the lives of those living with neurologic injury and disease," said Brian Harris, CEO and Co-Founder of MedRhythms. "These recognitions serve as validation of our team's progress to date and, more importantly, as motivation to keep advancing as we push the envelope in healthcare by building next-generation neurotherapeutics that leverage the power of music to bring important interventions to patients around the world." Utilizing the CB Insights platform, the research team selected these 150 winners from a pool of over 13,000 private companies, including applicants and nominees. 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