Novel Treatment Strategies Could Help Combat the Opioid Crisis

Technology Networks | October 09, 2019

Concerns over the opioid epidemic have sparked a strong scientific interest in why some people become addicted while others don’t. Now, researchers are proposing novel treatment strategies that could help prevent abuse of opioids and other substances. scientists in health behavior, neuroscience, pain management and addiction describe advances in brain science that can explain an individual’s vulnerability to substance abuse and dependency. Those discoveries hold implications for the opioid crisis in the United States and beyond, the authors say. “Addiction is a disease of decision-making; the majority of people have intact brain mechanisms of decision-making that keep them resilient to succumbing to an addiction,” says Antoine Bechara, lead author on the report and a psychological scientist at the University of Southern California. “But a small percentage have a weakness in this mechanism and they are rendered more vulnerable.

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Drug diversion incidents are increasing at an alarming rate. With numbers higher than ever before, people still believe that it could never happen within their facility. Choosing to ignore the issue can put both your patients and the facility at risk.

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Drug diversion incidents are increasing at an alarming rate. With numbers higher than ever before, people still believe that it could never happen within their facility. Choosing to ignore the issue can put both your patients and the facility at risk.

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Mission Bio Announces Pharma Assay Development Services for Solid Tumor Research

Mission Bio | July 13, 2022

Mission Bio, Inc., the pioneer in high-throughput single-cell DNA and multi-omics analysis, announced the launch of solid tumor assays through its Pharma Assay Development services. The availability of this new service offering will help to accelerate the development of cancer therapeutics by reducing the time and cost associated with the characterization of solid tumor cells. Precision therapeutics for solid tumors have been historically bottlenecked due to technical challenges associated with the ability to deeply profile thousands of individual cells for a rich characterization of tumor evolution and heterogeneity. This must be done at a much higher resolution compared to bulk next-generation sequencing to enable detection of rare events, at a much earlier stage before progression. Utilizing Mission Bio's Tapestri™ platform, the company's PAD services for solid tumors partner with researchers to provide high-resolution data to unmask the underlying genetic diversity across cell populations. Insights into the clonal landscape and co-occurrence of mutations enable improved patient stratification for clinical trials and the identification of druggable targets for precision therapeutics. Researchers can also monitor treatment resistance by analyzing the acquisition of rare mutations driving tumor progression over the course of treatment. The expansion of Mission Bio's PAD services to solid tumor research comes just three months after the launch of the Solid Tumor Solution on the Tapestri™ Platform, demonstrating Mission Bio's commitment to continuously developing innovative single-cell technologies for its pharma customers. "We have seen tremendous uptake and interest from top-tier pharma companies for our blood cancer Pharma Assay Development program, and we expect the same momentum for our solid tumor services. With our solid tumor services, Mission Bio partners with pharma customers to elucidate the mechanisms of drug resistance through mutation acquisition, determine how cells transform from benign to malignant states, and reveal the genomic changes enabling cancer cells to metastasize – without having to bring single-cell technology or resources in-house. From a customer's perspective, it is as easy as shipping out samples and getting a fully analyzed report back." Todd Druley, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer of Mission Bio Mission Bio's PAD services deliver comprehensive support across the therapeutic development process. The company has a dedicated team that works with researchers to develop assays, identify high-impact samples, and analyze the data. As part of the service, pharma partners have access to Mission Bio's innovative technology, assay development team, R&D organization, and bioinformatics support. About Mission Bio Mission Bio is a life sciences company that accelerates discoveries and cures for a wide range of diseases by equipping researchers with the tools they need to better measure and predict our resistance and response to new therapies. Mission Bio's multi-omics approach improves time-to-market for new therapeutics, including innovative cell and gene therapies that provide new pathways to health. Founded in 2014, Mission Bio has secured investment from Novo Growth, Cota Capital, Agilent Technologies, Mayfield Fund, and others. The company's Tapestri™ platform gives researchers around the globe the power to interrogate every molecule in a cell together, providing a comprehensive understanding of activity from a single sample. Tapestri™ is the only commercialized multi-omics platform capable of analyzing DNA and protein simultaneously from the same sample at single-cell resolution. The Tapestri™ Platform is being utilized by customers at leading research centers, pharmaceutical, and diagnostics companies worldwide to develop treatments and eventually cures for cancer.

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DiMe Releases Toolkits to Improve Sensor Data Integration and Power Better, Faster Global Healthcare and Research

Digital Medicine Society | July 18, 2022

Today, the Digital Medicine Society released the Sensor Data Integrations Toolkits, four comprehensive toolkits to guide data producers, processors, and consumers to use the influx of data from the increased use of wearables and digital sensing products at scale. These resources are based on the Sensor Data Integrations project, comprised of healthcare leaders from Amazon Web Services Oracle, the Moffitt Cancer Center, Takeda, the US Department of Veterans Affairs and more. These toolkits will help realize the promise of sensor generated data to drive better decisions, faster, to improve healthcare delivery and research. The project team will conduct a demo of the toolkits during a live launch event on July 18 at 10:30 am ET, featuring Micky Tripathi, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the US Department of Health and Human Services. The surge of data from sensor technologies is far outpacing the industry's ability to collect, store, analyze, protect, and use this data effectively for patient care and research. The number of US patients using remote patient monitoring devices is expected to surpass 70 million by 2025. Between 2022 and 2028, the global market for wearable technology is expected to grow around 18.5 percent, reaching $380.5 billion. The number of unique digital endpoints being used in industry sponsored trials of new medical products increased by over 950% between October 2019 and May 2022. The number of sponsors using these products in medical product development increased from 12 to 96 in the same timespan. And while the ability to discern high-quality sensor data suitable for clinical decision making is increasing rapidly, the ability to access these data is constrained by a current dependence on individual point solutions. "Sensor generated data, captured during people's daily lives, offer the opportunity to redefine how we measure health and disease. This opportunity powers the possibility of using high quality, high resolution flows of data to reimagine our approach to healthcare and research, leveraging more complete information to improve individual clinical decisions, decisions about the effectiveness of new medical products, and broader policy and public health decisions. DiMe's new Sensor Data Integrations Toolkits provide action-oriented resources to help data producers, processors, and consumers come together to create a sensor data ecosystem suitable for scale." DiMe CEO Jennifer Goldsack AWS has contributed customer feedback and technical expertise to ensure the toolkit meets the needs of today's modern healthcare system. "Across every industry, we see companies trying to accelerate their path to the cloud," said Lita Sands, Head of Solutions Life Sciences at AWS. "Timelines are getting quicker while the data collected is increasing exponentially – there is a clear and significant need for how to effectively and securely collect and use this information at scale. DiMe's new toolkits are a lifeline to organizations working with sensor data. They offer a comprehensive starting point for data producers, processors, and consumers to help build an integrated pipeline to support better and faster decision making." The development of these toolkits builds on DiMe's previous pre-competitive initiatives, such as The Playbook, the essential guide for developing and deploying digital clinical measures to advance patient care, clinical research, and public health. The Sensor Data Integrations Toolkits go further to ensure that high quality sensor data can be used at scale to improve patient care and speed efficient medical product development. The DiMe community is currently working on additional projects related to taking digitally generated data to scale and will be releasing additional resources over the coming months. DiMe is not only committed to creating and disseminating new digital health approaches and tools, but also sharing user experiences with the broader community. We encourage Sensor Data Integrations Toolkits users to contribute to Dime's "Resources in Action" case study hub by sharing how you are using resources to further the safe, effective, equitable, and ethical use of digital medicine to redefine healthcare and improve human health. The leading organizations from across the global healthcare, research, and digital health innovation sectors that collaborated with DiMe to create these open-access resources are AWS, Elevance Health, Evidation, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Human First, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Medable, Moffitt Cancer Center, Open mHealth, Oracle, Savvy, Takeda, and US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). About the Digital Medicine Society DiMe is a global non-profit and the professional home for all members of the digital medicine community. Together, we tackle the toughest digital medicine challenges, develop clinical-quality resources on a technology timeline, and deliver these actionable resources to the field via open-source channels and educational programs. Join us to advance the ethical, effective, equitable, and safe use of digital medicine to redefine healthcare and improve lives.

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Aditxt, Inc. Successfully Completes Preclinical Toxicity Study of Its Psoriasis Drug Candidate ADI™-100 Advancing it Closer to First-in-Human Trials

Aditxt | July 11, 2022

Aditxt, Inc. a biotech innovation company developing and commercializing technologies focused on monitoring and reprogramming the immune system, today announces that its therapeutic program Adimune™, has successfully completed a toxicology study that indicates the safety profile of ADI™-100, the Company’s immunotherapeutic technology drug that addresses rejection of transplanted organs, skin allografting, autoimmune diseases and allergies. The toxicology findings will provide vital supporting evidence when the Company files an Investigational New Drug application with the regulatory agencies. “Our drug is truly antigen-specific in the treatment of autoimmune diseases. In preparation of the clinical study, we performed a toxicology study and found: no premature death, no signs of local intolerance, no test item-related influence on clinical signs, body weight and body weight gains, food consumption, biochemistry or urinalysis. No anti-nuclear antibodies, no macroscopic post-mortem findings, no changes in histopathology were noted, confirming the safety profile of our drug product, which we have seen in all pre-clinical experiments before.” Joachim-Friedrich Kapp, M.D., Ph.D., Aditxt senior vice president of Clinical Development-Autoimmunity ADI™-100 consists of two DNA molecules, which together restore immune tolerance in autoimmune disease and establish tolerance in allogeneic skin transplantation applied in large skin wounds. Modulating the immune system by restoring/inducing tolerance is a unique mechanism of action, with a potentially huge efficacy and safety benefit for the patients affected because there is no immunosuppression involved. “These findings are very promising,” said Dr. Kapp. Amro Albanna, co-founder and CEO of Aditxt, said the encouraging toxicology results of ADI™-100 illustrate the Company’s commitment to advancing promising technologies to address rising unmet needs of patients with autoimmune diseases and those needing life-saving organ transplantation procedures. “We are excited about the progress Adimune™ is making towards human trials, which represents a significant inflection point for the program and Aditxt as a whole,” Albanna said. “Adimune™ is an example of our business model accelerating promising innovation into commercialization and monetization.” “In addition, and separately, we clearly demonstrated that our drug does not display any general immunosuppressive effect,” Dr. Kapp explains. “This was shown in safety studies, when using a Listeria model for infection and a melanoma model for potential effects on tumor growth. As one could have predicted, considering the mechanism of action, there was no interference with the immune system and its capacity to fight infection or tumor disease, at all. These findings are very promising and certainly will support our story when filing the IND.” About Aditxt Aditxt is a biotech innovation company developing and commercializing technologies focused on monitoring and reprogramming the immune system. Aditxt’s immune monitoring technologies are designed to provide a personalized immune profile. Aditxt’s immune reprogramming technologies, currently preclinical, are being developed to retrain the immune system to induce tolerance to address rejection of transplanted organs, autoimmune diseases, and allergies.

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