Dementia patients do better without drugs

Cosmos Magazine | October 15, 2019

An analysis of studies involving more than 23,000 people with dementia has found outdoor activities and massage are more effective than drugs in treating aggression and agitation. The authors, led by geriatrician Jennifer Watt from St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto in Canada, have called on policymakers to prioritise non-drug treatments for the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Dementia affects 50 million people worldwide with up to 75% experiencing so-called neuropsychiatric symptoms, including aggressive behaviour, agitation and anxiety. The triad bodes ill for sufferers, who are marked out for earlier institutionalisation, greater cognitive decline and worse quality of life, the authors write. The symptoms also mean misery for caregivers, who report lower quality of life than carers of dementia patients without those behaviours. Despite the fact that drugs such as antidepressants and antipsychotics can increase the risk of falls, broken bones and death, the authors note their prescribing rates remain high.

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Why do the largest biopharma companies struggle to deliver above-average shareholder returns? The short answer: complex, wide-ranging portfolios that undermine focus. According to Bain research, the biggest value creators in biopharma are category leaders. But even category leaders can spread their resources too thin. Companies that combine category leadership with portfolio focus create a powerful multiplier effect and significantly outperform their competitors.

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Aidoc, leading provider of AI for medical imaging, announced today a partnership with Subtle Medical, developer of leading AI-based image enhancement bringing best-of-breed AI to both image acquisition and post-acquisition clinical workflows. Aidoc has developed the industry's most robust AI platform, delivering a unified and seamless cross-specialty AI experience for physicians in over 500 medical centers, including the largest clinical deployment of AI in healthcare at Radiology Partners. "Mainstream healthcare adoption of AI requires both a comprehensive package of premier AI solutions and an ability to deliver their results in a reliable and seamless manner across physician workflow, Through this partnership, we will provide health systems and imaging centers with Subtle Medical's optimal solution, now seamlessly delivered through a unified AI architecture. Our platform's ability to deliver interoperable AI solutions is a game changer for AI adoption." - Tom Valent, VP of Business Development at Aidoc. A pioneer in healthcare AI, Aidoc's FDA-cleared solutions analyze medical images for critical conditions and trigger actionable alerts directly in the imaging workflow supporting medical specialists in reducing turnaround time and improving quality of care. Subtle Medical's AI-powered software solutions, SubtlePET™ and SubtleMR™ are image enhancement tools that increase the efficiency of image capture by improving the quality of accelerated scans. This enables optimized scan times and can potentially increase the number of patients scanned per day. Subtle's solutions are compatible with all scanner brands, models and field strengths so institutions can see the benefit across their entire scanner fleet. "This agreement will provide our customers with a multimodality solution that includes acquisition workflow efficiencies and image quality improvements together with Aidoc's post-acquisition clinical workflow solutions, We believe that the integration of Subtle's AI-based software tools with the Aidoc platform will dramatically change the medical imaging equation." - Josh Gurewitz, Chief Commercial Officer at Subtle Medical. About Subtle Medical Subtle Medical, Inc. is a leading healthcare technology company making medical imaging faster, safer, and smarter. For more information, visit subtlemedical.com. About Aidoc Aidoc is the leading provider of artificial intelligence solutions that support and enhance the impact of physician diagnostic power - helping them expedite patient treatment and improve quality of care.

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Glaukos Announces Licensing Agreement with Attillaps Holdings, Inc.

Glaukos | September 20, 2021

Glaukos Corporation, an ophthalmic medical technology and pharmaceutical company focused on novel therapies for the treatment of glaucoma, corneal disorders and retinal diseases, announced today that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Attillaps Holdings, Inc. under which Attillaps has granted Glaukos a global exclusive license to research, develop, manufacture and commercialize Attillaps’ proprietary library of investigational pharmaceutical compounds that target the eradication of Demodex mites, which are the root cause of Demodex blepharitis and often associated with meibomian gland dysfunction and related ophthalmic diseases. Demodex blepharitis and Demodex-driven meibomian gland dysfunction are caused by an infestation of Demodex mites, the most common ectoparasite found on human skin. Demodex blepharitis is characterized by eyelid inflammation and irritation resulting in eyelid redness, discomfort and debris. Demodex-driven meibomian gland dysfunction is characterized by decreased lipid secretion into the tear film and is a leading cause of dry eye disease. Under the agreement, Glaukos has the exclusive global right to research, develop, manufacture and commercialize products using certain acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors for the treatment of ophthalmic diseases caused by Demodex mites. Attillaps’ lead compounds have demonstrated promising in-vitro results in preclinical settings. We are incredibly excited about the development and commercial prospects of our novel platform in various therapeutic applications, particularly in the ophthalmology sector. Glaukos is a world-class ophthalmic company, and we couldn’t envision a more compelling licensing partner to advance our platform as a potential solution for the many patients suffering from these challenging conditions that currently have no approved treatments. - Frank Spallitta, founder and chief executive officer of Attillaps About Attillaps Attillaps is a developmental-stage pharmaceutical company pioneering novel drug platforms for the treatment of ophthalmology and dermatology conditions such as rosacea and blepharitis, with other indications of interest that include meibomian gland dysfunction, atopic dermatitis, acne vulgaris, ocular rosacea and hidradenitis suppurativa. The proprietary unique applications of these AChE inhibitors limit systemic exposure, further increasing the known safety of these molecules while effectively targeting the cutaneous inflammation. About Glaukos Glaukos is an ophthalmic medical technology and pharmaceutical company focused on novel therapies for the treatment of glaucoma, corneal disorders and retinal diseases. The company pioneered Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery, or MIGS, to revolutionize the traditional glaucoma treatment and management paradigm. Glaukos launched the iStent®, its first MIGS device, in the United States in 2012, its next-generation iStent inject® device in the United States in 2018, and most recently, the iStent inject W device in 2020. In corneal health, Glaukos’ proprietary suite of single-use, bio-activated pharmaceuticals are designed to strengthen, stabilize and reshape the cornea through a process called corneal collagen cross-linking to treat corneal ectatic disorders and correct refractive conditions. Glaukos is leveraging its platform technology to build a comprehensive and proprietary portfolio of micro-scale surgical and pharmaceutical therapies in glaucoma, corneal health and retinal disease.

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PFIZER AND BIONTECH ANNOUNCE VACCINE CANDIDATE AGAINST COVID-19

Pfizer | November 10, 2020

Pfizer Inc.and BioNTech SE today reported their mRNA-based antibody up-and-comer, BNT162b2, against SARS-CoV-2 has exhibited proof of adequacy against COVID-19 in members without earlier proof of SARS-CoV-2 contamination, in view of the principal break viability examination led on November 8, 2020 by an outer, free Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) from the Phase 3 clinical investigation. After conversation with the FDA, the organizations as of late chosen to drop the 32-case between time examination and lead the primary interval investigation at least 62 cases. Upon the finish of those conversations, the evaluable case check arrived at 94 and the DMC played out its first examination on all cases. The case split between inoculated people and the individuals who got the fake treatment shows an immunization viability rate above 90%, at seven days after the subsequent portion. This implies that insurance is accomplished 28 days after the inception of the immunization, which comprises of a 2-portion plan. As the investigation proceeds, the last antibody adequacy rate may shift. The DMC has not detailed any genuine security concerns and prescribes that the examination keeps on gathering extra wellbeing and viability information as arranged. The information will be talked about with administrative specialists around the world. “Today is a great day for science and humanity. The first set of results from our Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial provides the initial evidence of our vaccine’s ability to prevent COVID-19,” said Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman and CEO. “We are reaching this critical milestone in our vaccine development program at a time when the world needs it most with infection rates setting new records, hospitals nearing over-capacity and economies struggling to reopen. With today’s news, we are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis. We look forward to sharing additional efficacy and safety data generated from thousands of participants in the coming weeks.” “I want to thank the thousands of people who volunteered to participate in the clinical trial, our academic collaborators and investigators at the study sites, and our colleagues and collaborators around the world who are dedicating their time to this crucial endeavor,” added Bourla. “We could not have come this far without the tremendous commitment of everyone involved.” “The first interim analysis of our global Phase 3 study provides evidence that a vaccine may effectively prevent COVID-19. This is a victory for innovation, science and a global collaborative effort,” said Prof. Ugur Sahin, BioNTech Co-founder and CEO. “When we embarked on this journey 10 months ago this is what we aspired to achieve. Especially today, while we are all in the midst of a second wave and many of us in lockdown, we appreciate even more how important this milestone is on our path towards ending this pandemic and for all of us to regain a sense of normality. We will continue to collect further data as the trial continues to enroll for a final analysis planned when a total of 164 confirmed COVID-19 cases have accrued. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to make this important achievement possible.” The Phase 3 clinical preliminary of BNT162b2 started on July 27 and has selected 43,538 members to date, 38,955 of whom have gotten a second portion of the immunization competitor as of November 8, 2020. Roughly 42% of worldwide members and 30% of U.S. members have racially and ethnically assorted foundations. The preliminary is proceeding to select and is relied upon to proceed through the last examination when an aggregate of 164 affirmed COVID-19 cases have gathered. The investigation likewise will assess the potential for the antibody possibility to give insurance against COVID-19 in the individuals who have had earlier presentation to SARS-CoV-2, just as immunization avoidance against serious COVID-19 infection. Notwithstanding the essential adequacy endpoints assessing affirmed COVID-19 cases accumulating from seven days after the subsequent portion, the last investigation currently will incorporate, with the endorsement of the FDA, new auxiliary endpoints assessing viability dependent on cases building 14 days after the subsequent portion also. The organizations accept that the expansion of these optional endpoints will help adjust information over all COVID-19 antibody reads and consider cross-preliminary learnings and correlations between these novel immunization stages. Pfizer and BioNTech are proceeding to gather security information and presently gauge that a middle of two months of wellbeing information following the second (and last) portion of the antibody up-and-comer – the measure of security information indicated by the FDA in its direction for likely Emergency Use Authorization – will be accessible by the third seven day stretch of November. Moreover, members will keep on being checked for long haul assurance and wellbeing for an extra two years after their subsequent portion. 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