BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMA TECH
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.
BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMA TECH
Indivior | March 06, 2023
Indivior PLC, a global pharmaceutical company, recently announced its successful acquisition of Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The acquisition strengthens Indivior's addiction treatment and science portfolio by adding Opiant's late-stage assets. In particular, OPNT003, an investigational opioid overdose treatment, aims to provide an effective treatment option to address the current wave of opioid overdose caused by powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.
Indivior acquired Opiant for an upfront consideration of $20.00 per share in cash, summing to approximately $145 million and up to $8.00 per share in contingent value rights (CVRs). The CVRs will become payable if OPNT003 meets certain net revenue milestones within seven years after approval and launch. The acquisition was completed after meeting customary conditions, and Indivior funded the upfront consideration with its existing cash. It expects OPNT003 to generate net revenue of 150 million to 250 million dollars and the acquisition to be earnings accretive after the second year of launch. The company plans to provide updated guidance for FY 2023 with its Q1 results announcement on April 27, 2023.
OPNT003 is a patent-protected intranasal formulation of nalmefene. It employs an absorption-enhancing technology to improve its pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profile, resulting in a fast-acting and long-lasting duration of action that helps OPNT003 as a possible new treatment option for opioid overdose. On December 22, 2022, Opiant completed its rolling NDA for OPNT003. OPNT003's FDA PDUFA date is May 22, 2023. One formulation patent (expiry 2038) and five other patent applications cover various aspects of OPNT003, including treatment methods. National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is funding the development of the program, as well as an agreement from Biological Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).
A global pharmaceutical company, Indivior, is working to support patients in changing their lives by developing medicines that help in coming out of addiction and severe mental illnesses. The company aims to provide access to evidence-based treatment to all patients globally for chronic conditions and co-occurring disorders of substance use disorder (SUD). It is committed to transforming substance use disorder from a worldwide human crisis to a recognized and treated chronic illness. In addition, it has a pipeline of product candidates designed to build on its global portfolio of OUD treatments and potentially address other chronic conditions and co-occurring disorders of SUD, such as alcohol use disorder and cannabis use disorder.
BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMACY MARKET
Shields Health Solutions | January 12, 2023
Shields Health Solutions (ShieldsRx), one of the leading specialty pharmacy accelerators, informed that the company has now collaborated with more than 850 hospitals at over 75 health systems after adding four more health systems.
ShieldsRx health system partners are well-positioned to improve therapy management and care coordination for critical patients, improving outcomes through high-quality care. Its health systems serve 1 million patients in 44 states.
Matt Conway, Chief Commercial Growth Officer of ShieldsRx stated, "As the foremost expert in health system specialty pharmacy, Shields has proven successful in partnering with health system leaders to develop integrated programs that deliver superior experiences and outcomes for complex patients." He further stated, "Not only do these programs deliver measurable clinical results but integrating specialty pharmacy within the health system also creates the net operating income health systems need to succeed. These proven clinical and financial results are why so many leading health systems trust Shields to elevate access, outcomes and growth within specialty pharmacy."
ShieldsRx's expansion with new health system partnerships includes
MyMichigan Health: Midland-based MyMichigan Health serves 25 counties. Its urgent care, home health, virtual care, and medical offices offer a broad spectrum of care in over 30 specialties and subspecialties.
Nemours Children's Health: Nemours Children's Health, the nation's most extensive multistate pediatric health system, has two free-standing children's hospitals and over 70 general and specialized care practices.
Solution Health: Phoenix Children's Care Network, Arizona's leading children's hospital, offers over 1,175 pediatric primary care professionals and specialists in over 75 subspecialties.
Traditional specialty pharmacy patients had to tackle administrative difficulties like prior authorization and expensive medical bills alone. Shields' expansion facilitated value-based reimbursement.
About Shields Health Solutions
Shields Health Solutions is a leading specialized pharmacy accelerator. Its Performance Platform is designed to improve payer and drug access for specialty pharmacies, improve health outcomes for complex patients, and promote growth across the entire health system. The company has access to over 80% of limited distribution medications (LDDs) and major health insurance payers in the U.S. along with a clinical strategy that lowers the total cost of treatment by 13%. ShieldsRx has collaborated with more than 70 health systems to deliver measurable clinical and financial benefits.