BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMACY MARKET
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | February 01, 2023
On January 31, 2023, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., a global pioneer in novel injectable drug administration solutions, announced its participation in Pharmapack Europe 2023 in Paris, France, to demonstrate its leadership and insights on industry packaging and containment trends and challenges.
With the introduction of three new products, the company expands its innovations for its patients and customers worldwide - Daikyo Crystal Zenith® 2.25mL Insert Needle Syringe System, West Ready Pack™ with Corning Valor® RTU Vials using Stevanato Group's EZ-fill® SG EZ-fill® technology and FluroTec® 5-10mL Cartridge Plunger.
West Pharmaceutical Services Vice President and General Manager, Biologics Li Chen commented, "This year, we are introducing three new product solutions at Pharmapack." He added, "With these innovations, we are addressing the growing market needs for today's complex and sensitive molecules, including large-volume delivery and a complete vial containment solution that can protect and scale from development through commercialization."
(Source – PR Newswire)
Meanwhile, West's participation in this year's conference includes the following
Learning Lab - How Market Trends Drive Innovation and Enable the Pharmaceutical Pipeline on Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Panel Session - Innovation of Novel Medicines and Trends in Demand for Injectable Home and Self-Administration on Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Innovation Tours - West Ready Pack™ with Corning Valor® RTU Vials using Stevanato Group's EZ-fill® Technology on Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Daikyo Crystal Zenith® 2.25mL Insert Needle Syringe System on Thursday, February 2, 2023
About West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
Founded in 1923, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. is a market leader in developing and delivering innovative, high-quality injectable solutions and services. As a trusted partner to both established and emergent drug producers, it contributes to the safe, effective containment and distribution of life-saving and life-enhancing medications to patients. West Pharmaceutical supports its clients by supplying over 45 billion components and devices annually, with roughly 10,000 team members spread across 50 facilities globally. The company marks its 100th anniversary of growth and innovation in 2023, as well as the essential role it continues to play in healthcare and the patient experience. Headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, it had generated $2.83 billion in net sales for the fiscal year 2021.
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Innate Pharma | January 17, 2023
On January 16, 2023, Innate Pharma SA announced the publication of preclinical findings demonstrating the control of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells by a trifunctional NKp46-CD16a-NK cell engager (NKCE) targeting CD123 in the scientific journal Nature Biotechnology. Innate and Sanofi conducted the experiments, which were published in Nature Biotechnology on January 12, 2023.
This study demonstrates that CD64 expression on AML blasts imparts resistance to anti-CD123 antibody-dependent cell cytotoxicity (ADCC) and that redirecting NK cells against cancer targets by binding to CD16a and NKp46 circumvents this resistance. Moreover, through their binding to NKp46, CD123-NKCE primarily target NK cells and have substantial antitumor activity against primary AML blasts; they stimulate NK cell activation and cytokine secretion exclusively in AML cells' presence.
In vivo, its antitumor activity observed in a mouse tumor model surpasses that of the anti-CD123 antibody used as the comparator. Furthermore, in vitro in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells and in vivo in nonhuman primates, the efficacy of CD123-NKCE was associated with the induction of low pro-inflammatory cytokine release and the absence of toxicity.
These results support CD123-NKCE clinical development. IPH6101/SAR'579 (SAR443579), the first NKp46/CD16-based CD123-targeted ANKETTM NK cell engager, is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial by Sanofi in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (R/R AML), B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL), or high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (HR-MDS).
About Innate Pharma
Headquartered in Marseille (France), Innate Pharma SA is a global, clinical-stage oncology-focused biotech firm dedicated to enhancing patient treatment and clinical outcomes using therapeutic antibodies that employ the immune system to combat cancer. Its extensive antibody pipeline has numerous potentially first-in-class clinical and preclinical candidates for cancers with a high unmet medical need. In addition, Innate has been a pioneer in the study of natural killer cell (NK cell) biology and developed its expertise in tumor antigens, tumor microenvironment, and antibody engineering. This innovative strategy has resulted in a varied proprietary portfolio and substantial alliances with biopharmaceutical industry leaders, including Sanofi, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novo Nordisk A/S, and a multi-product collaboration with AstraZeneca.
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Epredia | January 19, 2023
On January 18, 2023, PHC Group, a healthcare company renowned in diagnostics and life sciences, announced that it would join the RegeneratOR Innovation Accelerator to grow its presence in regenerative medicine. The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) and the RegenMed Development Organization (ReMDO) are the two institutions expediting the discovery and translation of regenerative medicine therapeutics located in the Innovation Quarter.
PHC Group, being an early partner of ReMDO's RegeneratOR Test Bed, offered advanced tissue processing technologies as well as support to researchers for prototype and product development. In addition, another ReMDO program, the Innovation Accelerator, was formed to give space and support to companies with innovative or emerging regenerative medicine technologies.
PHC Group is now opening a local office within the Innovation Accelerator. Its holding companies and partners include Epredia, a precision cancer diagnostics company whose products are used by researchers and pathologists worldwide, and Aiforia, a medical software company that develops artificial intelligence software for image analysis in pathology. Aiforia's collection of preclinical and clinical pathology instruments is distributed globally by Epredia.
The firms work together to deliver slide imaging and AI-based solutions that enable researchers to investigate and extract information beyond the scope of human visual perception. Thus, clinical research, drug discovery, and translational studies with the goal of better understanding disease states are all linked together through diagnostic microscopic imaging and artificial intelligence.
PHC Group's presence, along with Epredia and Aiforia's superior technology assistance at the Innovation Accelerator, will also pave the path for RegeneratOR's newest initiative, the RegenMed Clinical Trials Catalyst.
As a part of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the academic core of the newly merged Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health, the Catalyst will have access to 5.5 million patients, serving 67 hospitals in North Carolina, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Illinois.
Epredia is a leading comprehensive laboratory solutions provider for instruments and consumables in anatomic pathology, histology, and cytology. It was established through an acquisition by PHC Group from Thermo Fisher Scientific. The company provides solutions for cancer diagnostics through its renowned brands: Richard Allen Scientific, Erie Scientific, Microm, Shandon, and Menzel-Glaser. Epredia is committed to realizing its aim of advancing cancer diagnostics for patients worldwide in order to save lives.