Migraine patient or doctor? Demand more, Biohaven advises in new awareness push

fiercepharma | July 16, 2019

Biohaven is urging patients and physicians to Demand More from acute migraine treatments. Thats the tagline of its just-launched effort to draw attention to the lack of satisfactory options. Biohaven debuted the work at the recent American Headache Society annual meeting. At the center of the campaign and website are patients holding signs that spell out their frustrations with current acute migraine treatments. Those include, I need an acute treatment that can work the first time and, Migraine treatments should impact my symptoms. Not my life. Migraine patients often treat headaches with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), triptans, or even more powerful narcotics, but Biohaven’s research found that many people are not satisfied with those drugs' side effects and with having to take multiple medicines or dose frequently, Biohaven CEO Vlad Coric said. The campaign is intentionally bold, and in fact, Biohaven rejected the first round of ad submissions. Coric said they were “dangerously close” to going with a standard pharma-type campaign, but the internal team said no. So they went back to the drawing board with their ideas and ad agency Catalyst to come up with the “Demand More” treatise. “We wanted it to stand out for both doctors and patients,” he said. “I hope it empowers patients to say they deserve better treatment for their migraines so they can get back to their lives. And I hope it highlights for physicians not to be complacent with the current stuff. Be focused on what’s coming because these patients deserve better treatment.”

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It’s useful to review deal trends periodically to gain insight in how behaviours are changing from the perspective of numbers and value of deals as well as how emphasis shifts from one therapeutic area to another. The majority of small and mid-size development companies will still seek a deal with one of the major pharmaceutical companies in order to commercialise their asset.

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It’s useful to review deal trends periodically to gain insight in how behaviours are changing from the perspective of numbers and value of deals as well as how emphasis shifts from one therapeutic area to another. The majority of small and mid-size development companies will still seek a deal with one of the major pharmaceutical companies in order to commercialise their asset.

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Aptar Expands Pharmaceutical Services Announces Exclusive Collaboration Between Aptar Pharma and Fluidda

Aptar Pharma and Fluidda | September 23, 2022

Nanopharm, an Aptar Pharma company and leader in contract research and development services for orally inhaled and nasal drug products announced an exclusive collaboration with Fluidda, a leader in the field of Functional Respiratory Imaging. The companies will leverage their respective proprietary technology platforms to help accelerate U.S. Food & Drug Administration approvals for orally inhaled generic products via the alternative bioequivalence pathway. Nanopharm was acquired by Aptar in 2019, as part of the company’s strategy to expand its services offerings and partner with pharmaceutical companies earlier in the drug development process. Nanopharm has pioneered the development of the alternative bioequivalence regulatory pathway for U.S. FDA approval of generic OIDPs for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease using its proprietary in vitro and in silico service platform, SmartTrack™. Fluidda’s proprietary in silico platform FRI delivers quantitative predictions of regional drug deposition in disease state lungs using Computational Fluid Dynamics. The FRI platform provides critical information to help understand the availability and activity of the drug at the site of action in the lungs, when complemented by Nanopharm’s local lung physiologically-based pharmacokinetic model platform and its in vitro data. This novel approach is intended to allow pharma companies to file Abbreviated New Drug Application dossiers without the need to perform time-consuming, costly and often unpredictable clinical end-point studies. Similarly, it can support 505(b)(2) filings, by derisking and abbreviating clinical studies. “We are pleased to solidify our relationship with Fluidda and its world-leading FRI technology. A company would have to spend several years to achieve the current combined expertise and experience of Nanopharm and Fluidda. The collaboration between Nanopharm and Fluidda has the potential to revolutionize this arduous regulatory pathway,” Dr. Jag Shur, Vice President, Science & Technology at Nanopharm Having already worked together closely for a number of years, Nanopharm and Fluidda have gained a unique insight into the complex and continually evolving regulatory requirements. This exclusive collaboration deepens the relationship between Fluidda and Nanopharm, benefiting both patients and customers with an uncompromised and holistic approach in developing the scientific rationale to demonstrate bioequivalence using only in vitro and in silico methodologies. The first potential approval of an OIDP using the alternative bioequivalence approach is pending, and, when approved, will further validate Nanopharm’s SmartTrack™ as the go-to solution for alternative bioequivalence studies and should accelerate demand for the companies’ collective services. With momentum building for the transition to new lower global warming potential (GWP) propellants for pMDIs, SmartTrack™ will also help companies to understand and modulate the impact of these new propellants on drug deposition and dissolution in the lungs, giving confidence in the performance of the reformulated product before embarking on any necessary clinical studies. Dr. Jan de Backer, CEO of Fluidda, stated, “Fluidda has already demonstrated the applicability of its FRI platform to provide more objective data for evaluating and administering inhaled drug products accurately. Nanopharm’s unique SmartTrack™ platform provides us with clinically-relevant input data without having to actually go into the clinic, which really adds another level of confidence to the models, and provides an integrated perspective.” Guillaume Brouet, Vice President, Analytical, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs at Aptar Pharma, commented, “Aptar Pharma is delighted to collaborate with Fluidda on this important development, which reinforces our mission to help customers derisk and accelerate their drug product development programs.” About Aptar Aptar Pharma is part of AptarGroup, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacturing of a broad range of drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and active material science solutions and services. Aptar’s innovative solutions and services serve a variety of end markets including pharmaceutical, beauty, personal care, home care, food and beverage. 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Aditxt | July 11, 2022

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Cadence | July 26, 2022

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