Study identifies a hormone that may hinder weight loss

medicalnewstoday | April 23, 2019

A series of experiments in mice demonstrates that a well-known hormone might have a previously unidentified role in the metabolic response to energy restriction during weight loss. Scientists have known about growth hormone (GH) for several decades. It plays a role in bone growth and is particularly important as our bodies grow. It also helps maintain organs and tissues as we go through our adult lives. However, researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil have found an entirely new and unexpected role for GH: It appears to play a part in energy conservation during weight loss. José Donato Junior and his team published their findings in the journal Nature Communications.

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According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, only 12 percent of adults in the U.S. have proficient health literacy. In terms of numbers, that is nine out of ten adults who lack the skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease. Low literacy has been linked to poor health outcomes such as higher rates of hospitalization and less frequent use of preventive services, which leads to higher healthcare costs. This is especially troubling for individuals over the age of 65 because they have low health literacy, live on a fixed budget and Medicare doesn’t pay for all the costs.


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New Interactive App From rXperius Set to Provide Pharma Industry with Vital Patient Experience Insights

rXperius | February 16, 2022

Patients can now provide pharmaceutical manufacturers with real-time feedback on prescription medicines they are taking following the launch of a new app by rXperius, a Raleigh, NC-based company that specializes in the design of innovative technology platforms. The MedXer app, which can be downloaded from the Apple and Google app stores, is the first prescription survey app that allows patients to give feedback on their medications in real time, and over time. MedXer pays patients for their experiences. The insights collected by the app will support the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to further improve patients’ lives by providing actionable data on patients’ individual experiences. MedXer is designed to complement other data analytics on consumer insights that drugmakers are already collecting. “We know how hard it can be for pharma to reach their true end users – patients. Pharmaceutical companies only receive direct feedback from a limited number of patients. Often, they have to rely on second- or third-hand information to gain any kind of understanding of patients’ medicines experiences. MedXer will bring the patients’ story to the manufacturer in a dynamic and actionable way,” Steve Castillo, Founder of rXperius Pharmaceutical companies will have access to an interactive dashboard that is updated daily to reflect the latest information collected through the app. All patient data is anonymized and aggregated before it is shared with third parties. The stakes for the pharmaceutical industry are high; manufacturers only have around five to seven years to recover the money they invest in bringing a medicine to market. A company will typically spend around $3.5 billion developing and launching a drug, but 40 percent of recent drug launches have failed to achieve a return on investment. Since the launch of MedXer on January 1, approximately eight percent of people who have viewed the app have downloaded it, above market trends of 1-2%. MedXer, which is currently available for migraine and depression medications, will be expanded to include medicines from other disease areas following completion of the initial launch phase. About rXperius rXperius is a data analytics startup that was established in 2019 by veterans of the pharmaceutical industry with a combined pharma experience of more than 100 years. rXperius was incorporated in Delaware in 2020 with HQ in Raleigh, NC.

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Veneno Technologies, a Novel DRP Drug Discovery Company, Raises $2Million (¥200M Yen) in Seed Funding Round

Veneno Technologies Co. Ltd. | January 27, 2022

Veneno Technologies Co. Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has completed fundraising of 200 million yen through a third-party allocation of new shares to SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Tsukuba Institute of Research, Ltd., and SBI regional activation support Co., Ltd. The funds raised will be used to strengthen the recruitment and organizational structure, to further develop the Company's proprietary peptide drug discovery platform technology, and invest in the research and development of the Company's own drug discovery pipeline using DRP functional peptides as basic molecules to further promote DRP drug discovery. Objective of the Fund Procurement Veneno Suite™ is the Company's proprietary integrated DRP drug discovery technology. The Veneno Suite™ consists of a large gene library that is created by artificially accelerating the evolution of natural DRPs using them as templates, a screening system that enables the search for target DRPs from the library in a fast and efficient manner, and technology that enables the efficient production of various DRPs in a short period of time. With this funding, we will further refine these technologies and accelerate DRP drug discovery. Our mission is to contribute to the advancement of medicine by providing new drugs for targets such as membrane proteins that have been difficult to discover, and for intractable diseases related to these targets. In order to fulfill this mission, we will strengthen the following points through this fundraising. Appointment of high-level researchers and opening of new laboratories to advance DRP drug discovery. Expansion of the DRP focused library (DRP Space™). Strengthen and expand the pipeline of the DRP rapid search system (PERISS™) (promote joint research). Development of DRP manufacturing technology (Super Secrete™) including establishment of high-efficiency, low-volume, high-mix manufacturing technology. This funding will enable us to further refine our proprietary large-scale library, high-speed screening technology, and high-efficiency DRP manufacturing technology to accelerate our goal of DRP drug discovery. We expect that we will be able to take a concrete step toward the establishment of a new paradigm using DRP as a new drug discovery platform molecule following antibody drugs. Investor Comments Mr. Makoto Hasegawa, Manager, Investment Division, SBI Investment Co. noted, "Veneno Technologies has developed an innovative technology to turn functional peptides, called DRPs, into pharmaceuticals. We have decided to invest in Veneno Technologies because we see the potential in their technology and want to take on the challenge of developing new modalities together. We hope that our technology will lead to the development of many innovative new drugs in the future." "Veneno Technologies is a drug discovery venture that uses this technology to develop drugs that target ion channels, which remain untapped as drug targets." Mr. Masato Suzuki, Senior Researcher, Consulting Department, Tsukuba Research Institute, Inc About Veneno Technologies, Inc. Veneno Technologies was established to accelerate the research and development of DRP functional peptides and to contribute to advanced and sustainable medicine and society. The company was established to accelerate the research and development of DRP functional peptides and to contribute to advanced and sustainable medicine and society. By integrating innovative DRP discovery technologies that have been researched for many years at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and DRP manufacturing technologies that are currently being researched and developed, we will lead the research and development of various DRP drug discovery technologies such as new drugs, research reagents, agrochemicals and biostimulants.

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The Danish National Genome Center Partners with Lifebit to Deliver Nationwide Personalised Medicine

Lifebit Biotech | April 29, 2022

Lifebit, whose leading technology enables secure analysis over sensitive datasets for researchers and interconnects such large patient cohorts worldwide, today announces a long-term partnership with the Danish National Genome Center (NGC). Lifebit will deploy Lifebit CloudOS to create a Federated Trusted Research Environment within the Danish NGC's supercomputing cluster to serve as the scalable and secure data management and analysis platform for Denmark's national researchers, clinical scientists and international collaborators. The Danish NGC, a government agency and authority within the Danish Healthcare system, was created to implement the Danish Government's National Personalised Medicine Strategy. The core vision of the NGC is to develop more precise diagnosis, targeted treatment and strengthen research within the Danish healthcare system. During the first phase of the strategy, the Danish National Genome Center and its collaborators will recruit and sequence whole genomes of 60,000 patients diagnosed with cancer, autoimmune disorders and rare diseases by 2024. The platform will deliver a next-generation computational infrastructure within Denmark's on-premise supercomputing center, allowing the NGC to meet its vision of establishing and operating a state-of-the-art national infrastructure for personalised medicine while keeping the data at all times in the secure national infrastructure. Only Lifebit with both its genomic data expertise as well as its internationally proven ability of managing such complex Government environments through its patented operating system Lifebit CloudOS was deemed capable to deliver this project. The platform will thus enable researchers with secure access, querying and analysis of this sensitive clinico-genomic data in a fully scalable and flexible way; also allowing for them to collaborate at a global scale. Federation will play a crucial role in enabling the future possibility to collaborate with international partners such as Genomics England, France Genomique, Genomic Medicine Sweden and other biobanks from around the world. Virtually connecting these sensitive datasets, enabling joint analysis that is however performed in situ without moving data, can lead to exponentially higher research findings. In some cases, it can be observed that increasing the number of patients in a study by 10x led to ~100x the number of scientific findings and genomic associations making clear how important real connectivity of these datasets is. "Lifebit continues to guide and power the world's largest national and private precision medicine programmes. We are extremely proud to be delivering this flagship programme for the nation of Denmark. This Federated Trusted Research Environment will enable researchers to more effectively collaborate over this rich dataset at scale and drive international collaboration between other government initiatives - many of which already leverage Lifebit's federated technology." Thorben Seeger, Chief Business Development Officer at Lifebit Other examples of Lifebit's data platform at work include Genomics England, NIHR Cambridge and the Hong Kong Genome Institute. About Lifebit Biotech, Ltd. Lifebit builds enterprise data platforms for use by organisations with complex and sensitive biomedical datasets. Lifebit's patented federated technology securely unlocks access to biomedical data. From providing Trusted Research Environments for national precision medicine programmes to enabling pharmaceutical companies to discover new drug targets faster, Lifebit empowers customers to transform how they leverage sensitive biomedical data.

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GoodRx Closes Acquisition of vitaCare, A Tech-Enabled Pharmacy Services Platform

GoodRx | April 18, 2022

GoodRx, a leading consumer-focused digital healthcare platform announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of vitaCare for $150 million in cash, with an additional $7 million of consideration contingent payment upon vitaCare’s financial performance through 2023. VitaCare is a pharmacy services platform that expands GoodRx’s offering to pharmaceutical manufacturers while helping to improve patient access and adherence to affordable brand drugs. The acquisition will enable GoodRx to help more patients receive their prescriptions in an efficient, affordable, and transparent manner, and stay on their prescribed therapies as long as appropriate. In addition, the acquisition is expected to further strengthen our rapidly growing Pharma Manufacturer Solutions offerings which span medication awareness, access, and adherence with unique capabilities. “The vitaCare acquisition gives us unique capabilities to facilitate the brand prescription process from start to finish, expanding our capabilities beyond our digital platform and into the patient’s pharmacy journey. We look forward to growing our reach across consumers and providers, along with our established relationships with manufacturers, to help more patients access the brand drugs they need." Doug Hirsch, co-CEO and co-founder of GoodRx GoodRx plans to provide an update on the impact of vitaCare to its 2022 financial guidance during its first quarter 2022 earnings conference call scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2022. About GoodRx GoodRx is a leading consumer-focused digital healthcare platform. Our technology delivers strong savings, trusted information and access to care to make healthcare affordable and convenient for all Americans. Since 2011, we have helped consumers save over $35 billion and are one of the most downloaded medical apps over the past decade.

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According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, only 12 percent of adults in the U.S. have proficient health literacy. In terms of numbers, that is nine out of ten adults who lack the skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease. Low literacy has been linked to poor health outcomes such as higher rates of hospitalization and less frequent use of preventive services, which leads to higher healthcare costs. This is especially troubling for individuals over the age of 65 because they have low health literacy, live on a fixed budget and Medicare doesn’t pay for all the costs.

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