BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMA TECH
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals | February 28, 2023
On February 27, 2023, EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading pharmaceutical firm committed to the development and commercialization of therapeutics to help improve the lives of patients with severe eye disorders and Rallybio Corporation, a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to identifying and accelerating the development of life-transforming therapeutics for patients with severe and rare diseases, announced a research collaboration to explore the sustained delivery of Rallybio's complement component 5 (C5) inhibitor for the treatment of geographic atrophy, an advanced form of age-related macular degeneration that can cause irreversible vision loss. The research will use EyePoint's proprietary Durasert® technology, which is designed for sustained intraocular drug delivery.
Approximately one million individuals in the United States suffer from geographic atrophy, which is characterized by atrophic lesions in the central region of the macula. Geographic atrophy can cause irreversible vision loss and can lead to legal blindness. Currently, geographic atrophy treatments are limited in choice and duration of action, leaving a significant unmet need for safe and effective treatment options.
Under the terms of the research partnership, EyePoint and Rallybio will assess and explore the viability of utilizing Rallybio's C5 inhibitor in EyePoint's Durasert technology, with the intention to increase the collaboration upon mutual agreement following the evaluation.
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals' M.D., President and Chief Operating Officer Jay Duker commented, "We are excited to begin this research collaboration to explore the combination of Rallybio's C5 inhibitor with our bioerodible Durasert sustained release drug delivery technology to develop a potential long-acting treatment for geographic atrophy," He further emphasized, "Geographic atrophy associated with dry macular degeneration is a devastating eye disease, and the inhibition of complement is a proven treatment pathway. We hope to leverage our Durasert technology in this collaboration to create a potential best-in-class, long-acting intravitreal insert, which we believe could provide a more desirable option for patients given that the existing approved therapy is injected every one to two months."
(Source – Business Wire)
About EyePoint Pharmaceuticals
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals is a leading pharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes therapeutic products to help patients suffering from serious eye disorders. Headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts, it is committed to using its innovative drug delivery platform to improve patients' quality of life. The company's pipeline utilizes its proprietary Durasert technology, which enables sustained intraocular drug delivery. Its current pipeline includes EYP-1901, a potential six-month intravitreal anti-VEGF treatment aimed at treating wet age-related macular degeneration. Durasert technology has been successfully used across four FDA-approved products, including YUTIQ®, which treats chronic non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye.
BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMA TECH
Avita Care Solutions | January 10, 2023
PMQ Investors, LLC, the parent company of Avita, has acquired Q Care Plus, Inc. This community-focused care management solution offers stigma-free access to care via telehealth, focusing on telePrEP services.
Meanwhile, the terms and conditions of the deal are yet to be revealed.
"Bringing Avita and Q Care Plus together comes at a time when reducing health inequities among underserved populations is more critical than ever," said Avita Chief Executive Officer Michael Yount. He further added, "A multiyear pandemic, partisanship-based politics that limit health care rights, and long-standing stigma, fear, and discrimination against marginalized populations like the LGBTQ+ community have exacerbated existing obstacles to health care and created a host of new ones."
(Source: PR Newswire)
Avita can now broaden its commitment to a community care management strategy that eliminates obstacles for patients and covered entities throughout the care continuum due to its acquisition of Q Care Plus. The company promotes patients' and covered entity partners' capacity to acquire culturally competent LGBTQ+, HIV, PrEP, and sexual wellness care by providing comprehensive access to pharmacy services, 340B program administration, clinical care delivery, and digital health choices.
Avita is transitioning to Avita Care Solutions in light of its recent growth. This brand will encompass Avita Pharmaceutical, the company's pharmacy services section, and AvitaCare Atlanta, its new Atlanta medical and primary care center and pharmacy previously owned by AbsoluteCare. There are no plans to rebrand Q Care Plus' digital health platforms. In 2023, Avita will start selling Q Care Plus under the Avita family of brands.
About Avita Care Solutions
Avita Care Solutions is committed to improving health equity by giving underserved communities comprehensive, caring, and all-inclusive health care and pharmacy services. Its strategy for managing care in the community makes it possible for patients and covered entities to eliminate barriers across the care continuum. Over 145,000 patients and 320+ covered organizations at 65+ locations benefit from Avita's community care management strategy, which includes pharmacy services, program administration, digital health, and clinical care delivery.
BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMACY MARKET
Cytel | February 09, 2023
On February 7, 2023, Cytel Inc., a provider of statistical software and advanced analytics in the life sciences industry, announced that GSK, one of the world's top biopharmaceutical firms, signed a three-year strategic agreement to increase GSK’s deployment of the clinical strategy platform Solara (R). This agreement will contribute significantly to the future development of the Solara platform. The platform can help GSK effectively align on trial goals, traverse trial uncertainties, and create pressure-tested clinical trial designs that reduce costs and expedite speed up to the market.
GSK began using Solara in early 2022 and has already profited from the platform in a variety of study design projects. Over 300 users have adopted Solara at the top 20 biopharma firms worldwide since its initial debut in 2021. It is also the recipient of the 2022 Fierce Life Sciences Award for Technology Innovation.
Solara blends Cytel's proprietary algorithms evolved over three decades with enormous cloud computational capacity to overcome limits in clinical trial planning and design. Clinical development teams use Solara to quickly generate thousands of trial models representing thousands of design variants. These are used to pressure-test dozens of trial uncertainties, including treatment effect and enrollment rate. The platform's high-speed processing capabilities simulate tens of millions of modeled events that might occur during trial execution in minutes. In addition, Solara's visualizations make it simple to review results and quantify scientific and business trade-offs.
The user-friendly interface and dynamic visualization of Solara provide a common language and workspace to facilitate a more data-driven and collaborative trial design process across clinical development functions.
Founded in 1987, Cytel is the leading provider of statistical tools and advanced analytics for the design and execution of clinical trials. It helps life sciences decision-makers to realize the full potential of their products. Its 30 years of global expertise in consulting, data-driven analytics, and industry-leading software helps biotech and pharmaceutical firms transform insight into confident decisions, from navigating uncertainty to establishing value. The company has an unwavering dedication to scientific rigor and operational excellence, which is directed via its offices in the United Kingdom, North America, Europe, and Asia.