BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMA TECH
Koneksa | January 18, 2023
On January 17, 2023, Koneksa, a healthcare technology company that develops evidence-based validated digital biomarkers, announced the beginning of a clinical study that will compare the treatment effect of at-home mobile spirometry using digital biomarkers versus in-clinic spirometry in patients who have moderate asthma and are receiving long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) treatment.
The LEARN study is a single-arm interventional trial that compares the identification of treatment effects in people with moderate asthma using at-home mobile spirometry by utilizing an ultrasonic spirometer and a smartphone compared to in-clinic spirometry. Up to 60 people with mild, uncontrolled asthma who already use inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) will take part in the study. Besides, it will also cover those who need to take LABA medication for a six-week treatment period.
In-clinic spirometry can be performed at home with the same or higher accuracy compared to in-clinic and potentially less strain on the patient. The study will analyze the LABA treatment impact in clinic and mobile spirometry along with assessing the association between different readouts of mobile spirometry, in addition to evaluating asthma control as determined by the ACQ-6, a patient-reported outcome questionnaire. Other goals include assessing patient and site-specific satisfaction with mobile spirometry technology.
Chris Benko, CEO & Founder, Koneksa, stated, “This study builds on Koneksa's prior work demonstrating that mobile spirometry has the potential to detect clinically meaningful changes in very small cohorts of asthma patients on standard of care.” He further added, “The LEARN study will evaluate whether at-home mobile spirometry can detect treatment effects of a known positive control (LABA) in a significantly smaller population than would traditionally be assumed for an in-clinic proof-of-concept study.”
(Source – Business Wire)
Based out of New York, Koneksa is a patient-centric digital biomarker firm that develops end-to-end solutions for remotely obtained clinical data to expedite clinical research and guide decision-making in drug development and market strategy for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. It seeks to revolutionize effect detection in clinical research by providing integrated solutions for efficient trial designs that yield more meaningful data. Its evidence-based biomarker solutions allow for more efficient clinical trial designs, allowing novel medicines to reach patients sooner.
BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMACY MARKET
Cellworks Group | January 13, 2023
Cellworks Group Inc., a pioneer in personalized therapy biosimulation, announced the introduction of its precision drug development business units.
These units will use predictive biosimulation to shorten drug development time-to-market and revive previously researched but disapproved pharmaceutical assets.
The two new business units will use Cellworks' computational biology model (CBM) and biosimulation platform to predict responses to pharmaceutical interventions in silico, streamlining the clinical trial by identifying suitable patients more quickly, thereby reducing the time and cost of developing successful pharmaceutical agents.
Cellworks precision drug development: Pre-clinical stage
Companion molecule development: The Cellworks platform can augment a drug's usability by finding companion molecules that improve performance when combined with the investigational agent.
Biomarker development: Cellworks utilizes cell lines and historical patient data to uncover novel biomarkers for investigational agents. This may increase drug success rates by proactively identifying individuals who will respond to an agent.
Indication expansion: By utilizing the Cellworks patient database of 100,000+ omics patient profiles and 1,800 oncology cell lines to examine the agent's effectiveness in different indications, the Cellworks platform can identify additional indications where an experimental treatment may be successful.
Cellworks precision drug development: Clinical stage
Drug revival and repurposing: The platform seeks to anticipate whether certain drugs cause a response, which may be used to identify whether shelved assets can be resurrected via suitable patient selection or the discovery of non-obvious reasons.
Clinical trial biosimulation: Through biosimulation clinical trials, the Cellworks platform may anticipate humans' clinical response to pharmaceutical agents in weeks, yielding critical insight years ahead of a traditional clinical practice.
Cellworks Platform and Computational Biology Model (CBM)
The Cellworks platform biosimulates the impact of specific pharmacological molecules on a given patient or class of patients using the patient's genetic profile. To generate a customized or cohort-specific disease model, multi-omic data from a cohort or patient is fed into the Cellworks computational biology model (CBM).
About Cellworks Group
Cellworks is one of the leaders in precision medicine. The organization assists physicians and payers in navigating the most efficacious, cost-effective therapies for patients. Its primary therapeutic areas are oncology, immunology, dermatology, and infectious diseases. Its one-of-a-kind biosimulation platform is a unified representation of biological information gathered from disparate databases and used to find cures. The company has the world's strongest trans-disciplinary team of molecular biologists, cellular pathway modelers, and internet software technologists working towards a common goal, i.e., taking on significant diseases to improve patients' lives.
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Accord Healthcare | March 14, 2023
On March 13, 2023, Accord Healthcare informed that it has expanded its portfolio with Teriflunomide, a film-coated tablet equivalent to Sanofi Genzyme's Aubagio. The drug treats relapsing forms of MS in adults, including clinically-isolated syndrome and active secondary progressive disease. The company offers Teriflunomide in 14 mg and 7 mg tablets, now available for shipping.
Teriflunomide has been granted FDA approval as an immunomodulatory agent for patients aged 18 and above. Its purpose is to reduce the frequency and severity of relapses, which can lead to new or worsening neurological symptoms associated with the disease.
Accord Healthcare US Vice President of Sales Jim Brown stated, "We're proud to add Teriflunomide to our portfolio. This is an important oral therapy for the millions of patients living with relapsing MS." He added, "Generic medicine allows broad access to effective therapy, to help improve disease course and potentially slow progression of MS."
(Source – Cision PR newswire)
Teriflunomide is an immunomodulatory medication that inhibits an enzyme critical to a metabolic pathway that supports lymphocyte proliferation. This results in fewer activated lymphocytes, which minimizes inflammation and immunological reactivity, resulting in lower recurrence rates and protection of brain volume against inflammatory nerve cell attacks.
Around 2.8 million people globally have multiple sclerosis, with the majority diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS that typically begins in their twenties or thirties. Diagnosis involves experiencing two or more attacks or relapses while maintaining stability. New or exacerbated symptoms characterize relapses, and the immune system attacks the myelin sheath surrounding nerve fibers, ultimately causing long-term damage. Symptoms include numbness, fatigue, double vision, and balance problems. Besides, relapsing-remitting MS can also progress to active secondary progressive disease.
About Accord Healthcare
Accord Healthcare, a subsidiary of Intas Pharmaceuticals, is recognized as a prominent player in the generic pharmaceutical industry. The company's vision is to enhance patient access to medicines and revolutionize the pharmaceutical experience for healthcare providers and patients. With an emphasis on advanced manufacturing technology and in-house research, Accord Healthcare delivers a wide range of affordable, complex, and essential medicines. The company's dedication to forward-thinking and innovative solutions remains at the core of its mission. Headquartered in Durham (North Carolina), its products are marketed in 80 countries through the Intas network.