Vaccines for Alzheimer’s: exploiting similarities with Down syndrome

Pharmaceutical Technology | September 20, 2019

One approach to overcome continuing challenges facing drug research and development for Alzheimer’s is a vaccine. Swiss AC Immune has developed an Abeta-focused vaccine called ACI-24, which shown to be both effective and safe in pre-clinical models. As well as studying ACI-24 in Alzheimer’s patients, the company is investigating the candidate in Down syndrome patients who have a genetic predisposition to developing Alzheimer’s and are a more homogenous patient group. Believed to be caused by the build-up of plaques in the brain consisting of fibrillary amyloid beta (ABeta) peptides and neurofibrillary tangles of tau proteins, Alzheimer’s disease affects approximately 50 million people globally and is the leading cause of dementia. Despite its prevalence, academic researchers and the pharmaceutical industry have struggled to develop effective therapies against Alzheimer’s disease, with many drugs failing in late stage clinical trials. Research carried out between 2002 and 2012 concluded that the condition has a 99.6% trial failure rate.

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Elligo Introduces AI-Driven Clinical Research Study Technology to Expedite Trials

Elligo Health Research | January 25, 2023

On January 24, 2023, Elligo Health Research®, the leading healthcare-enabling research organization, presented the DataAI Connect, a new data and technology platform that will facilitate data-driven, rapid clinical research. DataAI Connect, a scalable, end-to-end data platform, optimizes the clinical research workflow by decreasing human error and rapidly digesting patient data to speed up clinical studies. Elligo has created an industry-first AI-driven platform that sources, processes, analyses, and distributes patient real-world data (RWD) by bringing together data, processes, and clinical expertise. That means an end-to-end solution that solves clinical trial issues directly rather than being an add-on technology. The platform is adaptable and reusable, and it includes the following An RWD repository of electronic health records (EHRs) and clinical data storage that incorporates EHR, clinical trial, and patient data for analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and research A comprehensive medical records retrieval and analytics solution that transforms data into searchable, actionable insights and personalized patient journey information within minutes using NLP, ML, and clinical experience. A data-driven protocol development service that puts designs to the test in the real world. Elligo's Chief Data Officer, Michael Ibara, commented, "The application of AI approaches to healthcare and clinical study data is moving from the moon-shot approach to more practical applications." He added, "An example of this approach is the process of getting patients' medical records, which involves manual, non-scalable activities such as getting accurate information on patients' providers, asking sites to track down records, and having humans triage hundreds of pages of medical records. The judicious and intelligent application of natural language processing (NLP), machine learning (ML), and other AI approaches increases speed, accuracy and quality, while removing the burden from the sites and patients." (Source – Business Wire) About Elligo Health Research Founded in 2016, Elligo Health Research® is a leading healthcare-enabling clinical research organization. With access to known patients and their HIPAA-compliant healthcare data, its IntElligo® Research Stack technology and eSolutions Research Accelerator PatientSelect approach expedite clinical trials through healthcare. Elligo's Site Solutions, combined with the largest Known Patient Access Network, enable healthcare practices and research sites to engage in clinical studies. Its services expedite the development of novel pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostic products through the adaptive involvement of known patients and clinicians.

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Alliance Pharma Opens State-of-the-Art Bioanalytical Laboratory in Brisbane

Alliance Pharma | December 08, 2022

Alliance Pharma a global leader providing bioanalytical, DMPK, and CMC testing services in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry, has opened its new 20,000-square-foot bioanalytical laboratory, Alliance Pharma Pty, Ltd., in Brisbane, Australia. The new Australia facility, which the company announced plans for earlier this summer, includes an expansive lab to provide much-needed small and large molecule bioanalytical services for a region with limited choices for bioanalytical support. “Alliance Pharma’s expanded presence in Australia affirms our commitment to combining scientific talent and technology to deliver global drug development solutions. In this new purpose-built laboratory, our talented teams will use their diverse experience and expertise to provide high-quality bioanalytical services.” Alliance CEO, Patrick Bennett “Our new state-of-the-art science facility in Brisbane will further strengthen our global bioanalytical capabilities. It will allow biotech companies to work with us in Australia in the early phase and then transfer the knowledge on these assays to other regions to support the later development phases. Our objective is to accelerate the growth of our best-in-class portfolio and deliver industry-leading drug development service for our worldwide clients,” said Alliance Pharma Site President, Australia, Jason Wang, Ph.D. About Alliance Pharma Founded in 2008, Alliance is a contract research organization with bioanalytical, DMPK, and CMC testing labs in Malvern, PA, Brisbane, AU, Cambridge, U.K., and Sandwich, U.K. The labs specialize in advanced research services for all drug molecules, cell and gene therapies, and drug metabolism studies to support pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies’ drug discovery and development programs. Alliance’s mission is to build a trusted partnership with our clients to support their successful drug development programs. Our business philosophy is based on a foundation of trust, professional ethics, scientific excellence, and regulatory compliance.

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Avita Acquires Q Care Plus, Renames It Avita Care Solutions

Avita Care Solutions | January 10, 2023

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