Nuro’s self-driving vehicles to deliver prescriptions for CVS Pharmacy

Techcrunch | May 28, 2020

Nuro, the autonomous robotics startup that has raised more than $1 billion from SoftBank  Vision Fund, Greylock and other investors, said Thursday it will test prescription delivery in Houston through a partnership with CVS Pharmacy. The pilot, which will use a fleet of the startup’s autonomous Toyota Prius vehicles and transition to using its custom-built R2 delivery bots, is slated to begin in June. The partnership marks Nuro’s expansion beyond groceries and into healthcare. Last month, the startup dipped its autonomous toe in the healthcare field through a program to deliver food and medical supplies at temporary field hospitals in California set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pilot program centers on one CVS Pharmacy in Bellaire, Texas and will serve customers across three ZIP codes. Customers who place prescription orders via CVS’ website or pharmacy app will be given the option to choose an autonomous delivery option. These pharmacy customers will also be able add other non-prescription items to their order.

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There are many good examples of innovative practice in primary care that integrate the skills of pharmacists as part of coordinated care to improve patient outcomes and safety whilst also reducing prescribing and downstream care costs. The RPS believes there is a compelling case for it to become normal practice to have pharmacists working much more closely with GPs across England. With current and future shortfall in GP and nurse numbers, pharmacists are ideally placed to support their fellow professionals and improve the quality of care for patients.

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There are many good examples of innovative practice in primary care that integrate the skills of pharmacists as part of coordinated care to improve patient outcomes and safety whilst also reducing prescribing and downstream care costs. The RPS believes there is a compelling case for it to become normal practice to have pharmacists working much more closely with GPs across England. With current and future shortfall in GP and nurse numbers, pharmacists are ideally placed to support their fellow professionals and improve the quality of care for patients.

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Cosán and Genomind Partner to Help Prevent Adverse Prescription Drug Events for Older Adults

Cosán and Genomind | July 20, 2022

Cosán, a provider of technology-driven preventative care services for older adults and the physicians that support them, and Genomind, a leading precision healthcare company, have partnered to fill an existing gap in aging adult care management by providing Cosán’s network of physicians with Genomind’s integrated precision medication management platform. The platform will provide insights that will help Cosán to achieve the best outcomes for their patient population, prevent adverse drug events and reduce avoidable costs of medication mismanagement. With over 40% of U.S. adults 65 years of age and older taking five or more prescription medicines, aging populations are at high-risk for adverse drug events. Through this partnership, Genomind’s analytic capabilities will provide Cosán with risk stratification insights, enabling Cosán clinicians to target individuals that are most likely to benefit from medication reviews and pharmacogenetictesting, also known as drug-gene testing. Genomind’s PGx test adds a layer of precision medicine that leverages genetics to help providers select appropriate medications and dosing. Equipped with advanced pharmacogenetic screening, clinical concierge services and access to expert pharmacists, Cosán’s care teams can then incorporate individualized insights into each patient’s chronic care management plan so medications are administered safely. “This partnership brings a new level of pharmacy and genetic expertise to the thousands of providers and the patients they support, marking yet another stride in the delivery of effective preventative care management services. These unique drug analytic and genetic testing capabilities provide Cosán’s network of physicians and care coordinators with another tool designed to help eliminate avoidable drug risks and improve overall care quality for vulnerable patients receiving care from their homes.” David Hunt, Founder & President at Cosán According to the CDC, adverse drug events cause approximately 1.3 million emergency department visits each year, and older adults are nearly seven times more likely to end up hospitalized after such events than younger persons. Many of these adverse events are caused by just a few drugs. This new platform will help physicians develop personalized therapeutic approaches for patients based on their individual genetic makeup and are designed to improve patient and physician satisfaction and reduce medical expenses. With the recent expansions by Medicare to cover PGx testing in certain circumstances, this population is particularly suited to dramatically benefit from this platform. “The prevalence and cost of medication mismanagement is unacceptable, costing thousands of lives and billions of dollars annually. We’re thrilled to join Cosán in helping to improve care management for older adults, who are at high risk for these adverse drug events,” said Cynthia Kilroy, Co-CEO, Genomind. About Cosán Group Cosán Group, established in 2015, is an industry-leading healthcare organization creating new pathways to modern aging with technology-driven preventative care services, offering concierge home care for older adults. Early market exposure in the delivery of technology and services to support the Chronic Care Management (CCM) program, and Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) programs with Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) has propelled Cosán to deliver a practice and patient-centric approach to remote care coordination. About Genomind Genomind is a leading precision health company focused on optimizing the treatment experience for individuals and healthcare providers through actionable genetic insights and innovative health technology. Genomind’s platform integrates precision health technology and pharmacogenetic testing on an individual and population level beyond mental health. Built on the foundation of compassionate care and clinical expertise, Genomind is empowering a more targeted and personalized approach to medication management and supporting providers in a new standard of care.

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Fusion Pharmaceuticals and Niowave Announce Actinium-225 Collaboration and Supply Agreement

Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. | June 13, 2022

Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. a clinical-stage oncology company focused on developing next-generation radio pharmaceuticals as precision medicines, and Niowave, Inc., a manufacturer of medical radioisotopes from radium and uranium, today announced that the companies have entered into a collaboration and supply agreement for the development, production, and supply of actinium-225. Under the agreement, Fusion will invest up to $5 million in Niowave to further develop their technology to increase current production capacity of actinium-225, and in return Fusion will have guaranteed access to a pre-determined percentage of Niowave's capacity of the resulting actinium-225, as well as preferred access to any excess supply produced. As part of the agreement, Fusion will also have an option to invest in future production of actinium-225 to scale with Fusion's needs. "As excitement for the tumor-killing potential of alpha-emitting radio pharmaceuticals increases, we intend to stay at the forefront of actinium development and supply to support our growing pipeline of targeted alpha therapies. We continue to prioritize manufacturing and access to actinium as a critical component of Fusion's platform, and our partnership with Niowave further strengthens and diversifies our supply chain as we advance multiple actinium-based radio pharmaceuticals in the clinic." Fusion Chief Executive Officer John Valliant, Ph.D "The Niowave team has worked hard to scale up our actinium-225 production to the millicurie level and this has allowed us to start working with oncology community partners," said Niowave Chief Executive Officer/Senior Scientist Terry Grimm, Ph.D. "We have been watching Fusion's progress in the development of their pipeline of targeted alpha therapies and we are very excited to partner with them on this journey." Fusion is developing actinium-based TATs leveraging the potency and precision offered by alpha particles. Actinium-225 decay gives off four alpha emissions in relatively rapid succession, maximizing the damage to the DNA of tumor cells, with a 10-day half life that allows for central manufacturing and distribution of products to clinical sites in a ready-to-use form. About Fusion Fusion Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage oncology company focused on developing next-generation radiopharmaceuticals as precision medicines. Fusion connects alpha particle emitting isotopes to various targeting molecules in order to selectively deliver the alpha emitting payloads to tumors. Fusion's lead program, FPI-1434 targeting insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor, is currently in a Phase 1 clinical trial. The pipeline includes FPI-1966, targeting the fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3), advancing to a Phase 1 study following the investigational new drug (IND) clearance; and FPI-2059, a small molecule targeting neurotensin receptor 1 (NTSR1). In addition to a robust proprietary pipeline, Fusion has a collaboration with AstraZeneca to jointly develop novel targeted alpha therapies (TATs) and combination programs between Fusion's TATs and AstraZeneca's DNA Damage Repair Inhibitors (DDRis) and immuno-oncology agents. Fusion has also entered into a collaboration with Merck to evaluate FPI-1434 in combination with Merck's KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in patients with solid tumors expressing IGF-1R. Fusion and Hamilton, Ontario-based McMaster University are building a current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliant radiopharmaceutical manufacturing facility designed to support manufacturing of the Company's growing pipeline of TATs. About Niowave Niowave manufactures radioisotopes to cure cancer and save lives. Niowave builds and operates superconducting electron linear accelerators and is using that expertise to produce various radioisotopes for nuclear medicine. Niowave is a Cooperative Agreement partner with the National Nuclear Security Administration to develop a domestic supply of molybdenum-99 and currently produces yttrium-90 for use in cancer therapy. Niowave is licensed by the NRC to manufacture radioisotopes from uranium and radium and has partnerships with several universities and national laboratories focused on production and purification of radioisotopes for use in cancer therapy. By using radium targets and electron beams, Niowave is able to produce ultra pure and carrier-free actinium-225. Niowave's R&D facility is currently supplying actinium-225 samples to partners. Production-scale operations are ramping up at a second, FDA-compliant facility capable of meeting the growing actinium-225 market.

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Astorg to Acquire Global Medical Communications and Market Access Platform OPEN Health From Amulet Capital Partners

Astorg and Amulet Capital Partners | June 01, 2022

Astorg and Amulet Capital Partners announce that they have signed a binding agreement whereby Astorg will acquire OPEN Health, a leading global provider of scientific communications and market access services to the pharmaceutical industry. Established in 2011 and headquartered in London, UK, OPEN Health is a key partner to its customers in helping them develop strategies for evidence generation and data communication by leveraging their extensive scientific knowledge and relentless focus on quality. Together, this approach consistently delivers best-in-class scientific communications, health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) and market access services to an ever-increasing audience. OPEN Health has more than 1,000 employees in 15 locations and six countries, across North America, Europe and Asia. OPEN Health serves over 170 life sciences customers, including 48 of the top 50 pharmaceutical companies. OPEN Health’s existing management team, led by CEO Rob Barker, will continue to lead the organization, building on a strong track-record of organic growth and strategic acquisitions. "We are excited to build on the momentum across our business and to continue executing with our new partners at Astorg on a shared long-term vision to bring deep scientific solutions that support our clients in driving positive health outcomes. We are grateful for the strong partnership of the Amulet team over the last three and a half years and for all that we have accomplished in expanding our industry-leading capabilities across disciplines. We continue to be very well positioned to drive innovation and growth, and we look forward to embarking on this next chapter for OPEN Health." Rob Barker, CEO, OPEN Health Building on OPEN Health’s leading service offerings, Astorg will invest in the development of the business across its main existing offerings, and beyond, to continue delivering best-in-class scientific content to OPEN Health’s customer base and help them harness the full value of their most important assets. "OPEN Health is a very impressive company. We have been following the development of the medical affairs space for a long time as the function evolved from a supportive to a central role and identified OPEN Health as a global leader in the making. We have been impressed with its outstanding reputation and the trust it benefits from its customer base,” said Judith Charpentier, Partner and Head of Healthcare, Astorg. “We look forward to supporting Rob and the OPEN Health management team in continuing to build a global leading scientific focused medical affairs platform, expanding the platform through both organic initiatives and additional strategic acquisitions,” said Olivier Lieven, Director, Astorg. Ramsey Frank, President and Managing Partner of Amulet, said, “OPEN Health was built around Amulet’s investment thesis in medical affairs: the current generation of drugs is fundamentally different from prior generations, and these therapies need to be brought to market with the support of high science communications and data analytics. We brought OPEN Health together very intentionally via three acquisitions to create a purpose-built suite of services to meet pharma’s evolving needs.” Amulet Partner Nick Amigone continued, “We could not be more grateful to Rob Barker and his team for the outstanding job they have done in building a true industry leader.” The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. Houlihan Lokey served as financial advisor to OPEN Health and Rothschild & Co advised Astorg on the transaction. About OPEN Health OPEN Health brings together deep scientific knowledge, global understanding, and broad specialist expertise to support our clients in improving health outcomes and patient wellbeing. We are united as one flexible organization, harnessing the power of the collective to solve complex challenges. About Astorg Astorg is a European private equity firm with over €17 billion of assets under management. Astorg works with entrepreneurs and management teams to acquire market leading global companies headquartered in Europe or the US, providing them with the strategic guidance, governance and capital they need to achieve their growth plans. Enjoying a distinct entrepreneurial culture, a long-term shareholder perspective and a lean decision-making body, Astorg has valuable industry expertise in healthcare, software, technology, business services and technology-based industrial companies. Astorg has offices in London, Paris, New York, Frankfurt, Milan and Luxembourg. About Amulet Capital Partners, LP Amulet Capital Partners, LP is a middle-market private equity investment firm based in Greenwich, CT, focused exclusively on the healthcare sector. Amulet seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation through privately negotiated investments in companies. Amulet Capital Partners focuses on those segments it believes have the most attractive long-term fundamentals with a target investment size generally between $25 million to $150 million.

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