Millions in UK living with undiagnosed COPD

Pharmatimes | June 19, 2019

The British Lung Foundation has made an announcement to coincide with Love Your Lungs week, raising awareness that millions of people in the UK are living with undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). When undiagnosed, patients miss out on vital care. A study of 350,000 responses between January 2016 and April 2018 saw 20% of participants reporting that their lives were significantly limited by breathlessness. The vast majority who took the test said they were worried about their breathing but despite their concerns about one-quarter had not consulted a doctor. The test comprises 10 questions including physical activity, smoking and the Medical Research Council’s breathlessness scale – which allows doctors to assign a severity score to a person’s breathlessness. Dr Nick Hopkinson, the BLF’s Medical Director, says that getting out of breath during normal activities is “not a normal part of ageing, it requires an explanation. “Breathlessness can be due to lack of fitness or being overweight, but it may also be a sign someone has a lung or heart problem. “There are simple tests of lung function to see if there’s a problem and it’s worrying many people are not getting the necessary checks to find this out.

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At the Gateway Analytical grand opening event guest speaker Robert Holley, who is a pharmaceutical/vaccine industry expert talked about why utilizing contract laboratories that specialize in pharmaceutical forensics for issues such as determining a particle contaminate in the manufacturing process can be very cost effective and time saving.

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At the Gateway Analytical grand opening event guest speaker Robert Holley, who is a pharmaceutical/vaccine industry expert talked about why utilizing contract laboratories that specialize in pharmaceutical forensics for issues such as determining a particle contaminate in the manufacturing process can be very cost effective and time saving.

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Antengene Announces Clinical Trial Collaboration with BeiGene to Evaluate Selinexor in Combination with Tislelizumab in T and NK-Cell Lymphoma

Antengene Corporation Limited | June 27, 2022

Antengene Corporation Limited a leading innovative, commercial-stage global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering, developing and commercializing first-in-class and/or best-in-class therapeutics in hematology and oncology, today announced that it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration with BeiGene to evaluate the safety, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and preliminary efficacy of selinexor in combination with BeiGene's anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor, tislelizumab. This multi-center, open-label Phase I/II trial will evaluate the investigational combination as a potential treatment option for patients with T and NK-cell lymphoma. "We are delighted to partner with BeiGene, a company that strives for innovation and excellence, and is committed to developing best-in-class or first-in-class anti-cancer therapies for patients across the globe. These qualities are very similar to those of our vision at Antengene. We look forward to advancing the combination of selinexor and tislelizumab to clinical development. With good data we will be able to bring this treatment regimen to patients with T and NK-cell lymphoma, diseases that are endemic in Asia but underserved by current therapies." Dr. Jay Mei, Antengene's Founder, Chairman and CEO "At Antengene, we believe that the combinational use of immuno-oncology drugs and Selective Inhibitor of Nuclear Export compounds possesses huge potential as novel treatment regimens for cancer patients," said Dr. Kevin Lynch, Antengene's Chief Medical Officer. "The mechanism of action of selinexor in inhibiting the nuclear export protein XPO1 facilitates the intranuclear accumulation of tumor suppressors, making it a good partner in multiple combination treatment regimens. Preclinical research we conducted demonstrated that selinexor combined with a checkpoint inhibitor increased anti-tumor activity in multiple tumor models. In addition, deep and durable responses were also seen in multiple case reports of patients with T and NK-cell lymphoma treated with selinexor in combination with an anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor. We hope to confirm that selinexor can synergize with tislelizumab to deliver an effective treatment regimen and help address the huge unmet medical needs in T and NK-cell lymphoma in the Asia Pacific regions and around the world." continued Dr. Lynch. Tislelizumab is a PD-1 inhibitor designed to help aid the body's immune cells to detect and fight tumors. Tislelizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody, is specifically designed to minimize binding to FcγR on macrophages. In pre-clinical studies, binding to FcγR on macrophages has been shown to compromise the anti-tumor activity of PD-1 antibodies through activation of antibody-dependent macrophage-mediated killing of T effector cells. About T and NK-Cell Lymphoma T and NK-cell lymphoma is a set of heterogeneous diseases, accounting for 25-30% of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma cases in China and only about 10% in USA and Europe. There has been little improvement in the past decade when compared to B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (B-NHL) as 5-year overall survival rate was only 30% in most common subtypes[1]. The unmet medical needs remain as agents with new mechanism of action to be explored and possibility to improve the treatment paradigm for the disease. About the SINE Compounds Selective Inhibitor of Nuclear Export compounds are inhibitors of the major nuclear export protein Exportin 1 Currently, there are three oral SINE compounds, ATG-010 ATG-016 and ATG-527, under clinical development. Antengene has obtained exclusive development and commercialisation rights from Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc. to these three compounds in certain APAC markets. About XPOVIO® XPOVIO® is the world's first approved orally-available, selective inhibitor of the nuclear export protein XPO1. It offers a novel mechanism of action, synergistic effects in combination regimens, fast onset of action, and durable responses. XPOVIO® is approved in Australia for two indications In combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone for the treatment of adult patients with multiple myeloma (MM) who have received at least one prior therapy. In combination with dexamethasone for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least three prior therapies and whose disease is refractory to at least one proteasome inhibitor at least one immunomodulatory agent, and an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody. XPOVIO® is approved in Singapore for three indications In combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone for treatment of adult patients with multiple myeloma (MM) who have received at least one prior therapy. 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Sebela Pharmaceuticals Announces U.S. Launch of SUTAB® Tablets, An Alternative to Liquid Colonoscopy Preparation

Sebela Pharmaceuticals | January 06, 2021

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Adare Pharma Solutions Acquires Frontida BioPharm to Expand Leading CDMO Offerings

Adare Pharma Solutions | December 02, 2021

Adare Pharma Solutions ("Adare"), a technology-driven contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), announced the acquisition of Frontida BioPharm ("Frontida"), a vertically integrated CDMO focused on oral formulations. The acquisition reinforces Adare's commitment to transform drug delivery by providing world class solutions from product development through commercial scale manufacturing and packaging. Adare's portfolio of offerings for its customers will expand to include new capabilities such as high potency compound handling and packaging services. The combination of the two organizations will further establish Adare as a leader in the development and manufacturing of life saving medications in complex dosage forms. "We are devoted to improving the quality of life for patients by solving the most complex formulation challenges for our customers, and we believe this acquisition will bolster our ability to achieve our mission. Frontida and Adare share a commitment to quality and innovation, and we are excited to continue growing together. The combined company will lead in the space of oral formulations, while expanding the services and technical offerings we provide to meet the needs of our customers and their patients." Vivek Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of Adare Dr. Song Li, Frontida's Chairman added, "We are very excited about the opportunities this transaction is expected to provide to both existing and new clients. Our combined resources and capabilities will result in enhanced support and talent to ensure the success of their development and commercialization programs. This transaction is also a testament to the hard work, dedication, and caring culture of the team who has helped Frontida grow, enabling continued investment into the Philadelphia area, which is a respected home for pharmaceutical development and manufacturing. We look forward to continuing our work together to provide innovative, life-enhancing products to the US and global markets." Together, the combined company will offer an expanded suite of solutions for complex oral formulations, such as taste masking, controlled release, high potency formulation manufacturing, and bioavailability enhancement. The addition of Frontida brings Adare's manufacturing footprint to seven sites globally and expands Adare's integrated, end-to-end offering to its partners. The combined organization will be led by Vivek Sharma. Adare is backed by private equity firms Thomas H. Lee Partners and Frazier Healthcare Partners. RBC Capital Markets, LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Adare for this transaction. About Adare Adare Pharma Solutions is a leading specialty contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) and global provider of advanced pharmaceutical technologies, development services, and manufacturing. The Company utilizes its differentiated pharmaceutical technology and microbiome platforms to develop novel, improved medicines, and therapies for the global market.

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