Lilly Launches Digital Health Open Innovation Challenge to Help Transform Atopic Dermatitis Care

Eli Lilly and Company | September 16, 2020

Eli Lilly and Company has launched an open innovation challenge for individuals and teams across the United States to submit inspiring digital health solutions that can help make life better for people living with atopic dermatitis. The challenge, "Transforming Atopic Dermatitis Care: Enhancing Quality of Life and Patient Care for People Living with Inflammatory Skin Diseases," focuses on leveraging digital technologies to enhance care and improve health and well-being for people with inflammatory skin diseases. The submission site, including additional details about the challenge's criteria, eligibility and requirements, is available at www.lilly.com/atopicdermchallenge.

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For starters, by severely restricting food anorexics limit the amount of energy and nutrients their bodies receive. This triggers a chain of bodily reactions which can have fatal outcomes. Your brain, the epicenter of all bodily functions suffers a massive blow due to malnutrition. As a result, it starts shrinking, causing physiological and psychological damage.

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Gannex Received U.S. FDA Fast Track Designation for Its NASH Drug Candidate ASC42,an FXR Agonist

Gannex | December 14, 2020

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Pluristem Enters Collaboration With Pharmaceutical Company Innovare R&D to Expand Pluristem’s ARDS Associated With COVID-19 Program to Mexico

Pluristem | December 30, 2020

Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:PSTI) (TASE:PSTI), a main regenerative medication organization building up a foundation of novel natural helpful items, reported today it has gone into a coordinated effort concurrence with Mexican drug organization Innovare R&D to extend its continuous clinical program of PLX cells in the treatment of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) related with COVID-19 in Mexico. The Phase II investigation in Mexico is dependent upon the endorsement of neighborhood specialists, with the objective of being led under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared convention. As per the arrangement, Innovare will open clinical destinations and enlist patients for the proposed clinical investigation in Mexico. Innovare will subsidize the examination in Mexico and will buy PLX cells for the investigation from Pluristem. Subject to potential positive clinical investigation results and Mexican administrative endorsement for commercialization, the arrangement awards Innovare restrictive conveyance rights in Mexico to supply PLX cells for treating serious COVID-19 cases confounded by ARDS. All protected innovation and assembling rights stay with Pluristem. With 1,389,430 cases and 122,855 passings as of December 29, 2020, Mexico's COVID-19 disease and death rates have been expanding. Mexico has the most elevated passings relatively to COVID-19 cases or populace on the planet as of December 28, 2020, as announced by Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. "We are satisfied to unite with Innovare, a main imaginative organization intending to be important for the answer for battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico," expressed Pluristem CEO and President, Yaky Yanay. "On account of our key upper hand of having in-house producing office, progressed strategic capacities, and a worldwide reach, we can supply PLX cells to clinical bases on the world while broadening our worldwide help for COVID-19 into Latin America. By directing the examination in both the U.S. furthermore, Mexico, in corresponding to the E.U. furthermore, Israel, we are proceeding with our attention on accomplishing clinical achievements and targets, while bringing the expected treatment of PLX cells to those out of luck." Gerardo Cárdenas Vogel, CEO of Innovare R&D remarked, "As an organization that is looking for overall accomplices indicating clinical guarantee for neglected clinical necessities, we are eager to team up with Pluristem. We anticipate utilizing our clinical and business capacities with Pluristem's high level cell treatment answer for help create and possibly bring a genuinely necessary treatment for ARDS patients related with COVID-19 to Mexico."

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Eagle Pharmaceuticals Agreed to Acquire Acacia Pharma Group plc

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