Zealand Pharma strengthens executive team with new U.S. leadership

Globe newswire | June 15, 2020

Zealand Pharma, a biotechnology company changing lives with innovative peptide-based medicines, today announced the appointment of Frank Sanders as President of Zealand Pharma U.S. Frank will join Zealand on July 6, 2020. “I am pleased to welcome Frank Sanders to Zealand Pharma, and am confident that he will provide strong and experienced leadership for our U.S. organization,” said Emmanuel Dulac, President and Chief Executive Officer at Zealand Pharma. “Frank has more than 25 years of experience within commercial operations. He is well equipped to lead Zealand’s commercial operations to focus on growing existing sales of V-Go and to successfully launch four potential products beginning in 2021.” Frank has extensive experience in leading multidisciplinary operational teams to achieve successfully their growth strategies. He joins Zealand at a critical point in the company’s journey toward commercializing its proprietary products. Frank has worked in both start-up and established companies, where he has built, led and scaled organizations across sales, account management, marketing, pricing and contract strategy, operations, and patient support.

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Novartis and Bayer are both charging exhorbitant prices for medicines in India as they continue their fight against the country's patent law that puts people over profits in the name of access to affordable medicines. These cases both could have a major impact on MSF's work in the field, as we rely heavily on affordable medicines produced in India to do our work.

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Novartis and Bayer are both charging exhorbitant prices for medicines in India as they continue their fight against the country's patent law that puts people over profits in the name of access to affordable medicines. These cases both could have a major impact on MSF's work in the field, as we rely heavily on affordable medicines produced in India to do our work.

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Feds rebuff Pfizer's pleas to speed up supplies of COVID-19 vaccine raw materials

Pfizer | December 21, 2020

Since the time Pfizer was fixed to partake in the U.S. government's Warp Speed exertion to get COVID-19 antibodies to showcase, the organization has made it very clear it didn't have to take any bureaucratic cash to build up the immunization. In any case, did that refusal of R&D subsidizing add to Pfizer's failure to produce more dosages of its mRNA antibody for the U.S. market? Pfizer could give more than the 100 million portions it guaranteed in its unique agreement with the U.S. government in the main portion of one year from now—however just if Trump organization authorities request that providers of crude materials rapidly satisfy the organization's requests. Furthermore, CEO Albert Bourla, Ph.D., is approaching the public authority to utilize the Defense Production Act to do precisely that. The Trump organization hasn't done as such yet on the grounds that they've zeroed in on giving those materials to antibody producers that took government R&D subsidizing, as Moderna, as indicated by anonymous sources who addressed The New York Times. A representative for Pfizer declined to remark, refering to the privacy of conversations with the U.S. government. Yet, Bourla said during a CNBC meet that the organization is in exchanges to sell an extra 100 million dosages of Pfizer's COVID-19 immunization to the U.S. government. "We can give a ton of that in the second from last quarter. The U.S. government needs it in the subsequent quarter," Bourla said in the Monday meet. "We are working cooperatively to attempt to discover an answer and have the option to apportion those 100 million [doses] in the subsequent quarter if conceivable, or a ton of them." Pfizer mentioned almost immediately that the public authority grant it "supported status" with providers of crude materials, however authorities were anxious about the possibility that that would harm contending immunization programs that took government R&D cash, as per the Times report. Among those organizations is Moderna, which is required to win crisis use approval from the FDA for its mRNA immunization this week—and last Friday, inked an arrangement to add 100 million additional portions to its underlying U.S. request.

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Orion Biotechnology Successfully accomplishes Phase 1 Clinical Trial of a First-in-Class Precision Engineered Ligand Analog for HIV Prevention

Orion Biotechnology Canada Ltd | October 16, 2020

Orion Biotechnology Canada Ltd., a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on precision engineering GPCR-targeted therapeutics, today announced the results of their Phase 1 study of OB-002H which is an investigational candidate microbicide for HIV prevention. The Phase 1 study was a first-in-man trial designed to evaluate the safety, acceptability, and pharmacokinetic profile of OB-002H gel. OB-002, a highly potent chemokine analog of CCL5 (a ligand for the CCR5 HIV co-receptor), has previously been shown to be completely protective in a non-human primate model of vaginal HIV transmission (Veazey R et al. JID 2009). The Phase 1 study design included open-label single-dose (vaginal and rectal) and multi-dose product (vaginal) administration of OB-002H gel to study participants followed by a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled multi-dose (vaginal) phase of product administration. During the multi-dose phase of the study, participants received study product once daily for five days. The study enrolled a total of 30 healthy volunteers in Warsaw, Poland at the BioVirtus Phase 1 Research Site. The product was well tolerated, and product-related genital adverse events were mild (Grade 1) or moderate (Grade 2) and transient.

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Iterative Scopes Acquires Clinical Research Strategy Group and Precision Research

Iterative Scopes | April 29, 2022

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