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Oxford University ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine trial begins in humans

Oxford University ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine trial begins in humans

Researchers at the University of Oxford in the UK have commenced the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine trial in healthy human volunteers to test the vaccine candidate’s ability in protecting against the novel coronavirus. Nearly 1,100 people, aged between 18 and 55 are taking part in the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine trial, of which half of them […]

Vaccine giants Sanofi, GSK announce COVID-19 vaccine partnership

French pharma company Sanofi has announced a COVID-19 vaccine partnership with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to develop an adjuvanted vaccine for the novel coranavirus, by combining their drug discovery technologies. Sanofi will provide its S-protein Covid-19 antigen based on recombinant DNA technology to the partnership. The technology is said to be used for generating an exact genetic […]

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Lab established in Liverpool to study how novel coronavirus affects people

The UK’s Medical Research Council has granted £5 million collectively to the University of Liverpool, the Imperial College London, and the University of Edinburgh to handle the coronavirus outbreak from the government’s rapid response call. This investment in Urgent Public Health Research is necessary to understand COVID-19 as well as its impact on the human […]

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RECOVERY coronavirus trial : First patients enrolled in COVID-19 clinical trial by University of Oxford

RECOVERY coronavirus trial : University of Oxford researchers in the UK have initiated a coronavirus clinical trial called the Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY (RECOVERY) trial. The RECOVERY clinical trial, which has enrolled the first patients, will test the effects of potential drug treatments for COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals. The objective of the clinical […]

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AstraZeneca to sell five hypertension drugs to Atnahs Pharma

AstraZeneca has signed a deal valued at about $390 million with Atnahs Pharma, a portfolio company of Triton Fund V, to sell five of its hypertension drugs to the latter as they have lost patent protection across the world. The deal will give Atnahs Pharma the global commercial rights to the hypertension medicines – Inderal (propranolol), […]

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NeuroVive completes enrollment in KL1333 clinical trial for mitochondrial disease

KL1333 clinical trial : Swedish biotech company NeuroVive Pharmaceutical has wrapped up recruitment of healthy volunteers in the second part of its ongoing phase Ia/b clinical trial for its drug candidate drug KL1333 for the chronic oral treatment of primary mitochondrial disease. According to NeuroVive Pharmaceutical, the first part of the clinical study assessed the […]

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Recipharm to acquire British CDMO Consort Medical for £505m

Recipharm acquisition of Consort Medical : Swedish pharma group Recipharm has agreed to acquire Consort Medical, a British contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) for £505 million, as per the latest pharma acquisition news. The transaction is said to help Recipharm become a major inhalation company and places it among the top five CDMO players […]

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Innovia Medical acquires surgical instruments manufacturer DTR Medical

Innovia acquisition of DTR Medical : Medical devices manufacturer Innovia Medical has acquired Wales-based DTR Medical, which designs and manufactures single-use surgical instruments for general and specialist surgical procedures. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Established in 2005, DTR Medical started selling its own-branded sterile single-use instruments. In 2007, the Swansea-based surgical instruments […]

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Researchers develop new AI-driven model for drug discovery

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm, which can predict the complex chemical reactions outcomes with more than 90% accuracy and facilitate the drug discovery by suggesting ways to make complex molecules. Providing the chemical ‘map’ to the desired destination, the new algorithm also shows chemists how to […]

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Boston Scientific wraps up $4.2bn acquisition of BTG

Boston Scientific acquisition of BTG : US medical devices manufacturer Boston Scientific has wrapped up its previously announced $4.2 billion acquisition of UK-based healthcare company BTG. In November 2018, Boston Scientific reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended offer to acquire the British healthcare company for a cash consideration of 840 pence per […]

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