Tag: SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19)

Tracking the News from AstraZeneca About Experimental Vaccine, AZD1222, for COVID-19

News from AstraZeneca About COVID-19 Vaccine, AZD1222 From AstraZeneca (AZN) we learned that its COVID-19 vaccine, AZD1222, which is being developed in collaboration with Oxford University, has produced a similar immune response in older and younger adults. A spokesman from the firm stated that the results have further built the body of evidence for the safety and immunogenicity of AZD1222. On October 23, 2020 AstraZeneca’s …

The U.S. FDA Approves Gilead Sciences Antiviral Veklury® (remdesivir) for COVID-19

Gilead Sciences Veklury® (Remdesivir) was Approved by the US FDA The U.S. FDA approved Gilead Sciences (GILD) antiviral drug Veklury® (remdesivir) for COVID-19 infected patients who require hospitalization. Veklury halts the SARS-CoV-2 replication that causes COVID-19. Veklury is the first and only approved COVID-19 treatment (not vaccine) in the U.S.. The news announced that the drug is widely available in hospitals across the country. The …

We Continue to Track the COVID-19 Vaccines. See Also: CRISPR Therapeutics Immuno-Oncology Results are Good.

The Latest on the COVID-19 Vaccines AstraZeneca (AZN): After pausing for more than a month, AZN is expected to resume its Phase 3 US study of its COVID-19 vaccine. The trial was paused after a patient, who received the vaccine, developed an illness suspected to be a serious spinal inflammatory condition known as transverse myelitis. The patient was . . . This content is for …

Tracking COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna The three products whose trials were halted are not vaccines but, rather, antibodies that treat patients who already have COVID-19. With regard to the COVID-19 vaccines we believe we have encouraging news from Pfizer/BioNTech’s and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines. The Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine  Pfizer (PFE) Chairman and CEO, Albert Bourla, stated that the mRNA vaccine developed together with BioNTech (BNTX) will …

An Acquisition & a Collaboration You Must Know About

Bristol-Myers Squibb Increased activity being observed at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) is aimed at further empowering the firm's various franchises. It all started with the firm’s attempt to empower its oncology franchise with the creation and approval of its checkpoint protein inhibitor Opdivo (nivolumab) - a programmed Death-1 (PD-1) inhibitor. This antibody has been the most successful attempt . . . This content is for paid …

Cassava Sciences, Moderna and Sorrento Therapeutics All Have News

News from Cassava Sciences, Moderna and Sorrento Therapeutics  Cassava Sciences  Cassava Sciences (SAVA) announced that clinical results of its Phase 2b study of sumifilam have been selected as a late-breaking oral presentation by the 13th international conference on Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD). What is CTAD? CTAD is a prestigious annual conference focused on Alzheimer’s . . . This content is for paid subscribers. …

Sorrento Therapeutics Releases Preclinical Data from STI-1499 and STI-2020 Demonstrating Potent Neutralizing Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2

Sorrento Therapeutics Preclinical Data of Neutralizing Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2 In preclinical studies, both STI-1499 and STI-2020 demonstrated potent neutralizing activity against SARS-CoV-2 virus isolates, including the emerging Spike D614G variant virus. Both STI-1499 and STI-2020 demonstrated protective activities against SARS-CoV-2 infection in Syrian golden hamsters. At day 5, STI-2020 at 500 µg reduced virus load in hamster lungs to undetectable levels in 100% of animals …

Johnson & Johnson Launches a Large Scale Phase 3 Trial of Its COVID-19 Vaccine. See Also: Intellia to Prove the Advantages of CRISPR Gene-Editing

Johnson & Johnson ENSEMBLE Trial for Its COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) announced the launch of its large-scale, pivotal, multi-country Phase 3 trial, ENSEMBLE, for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, JNJ-78436735. The initiation of the ENSEMBLE trial follows positive interim results from Phase 1 . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to subscribe or here to log in.

Eli Lilly Neutralizing Antibody LY-CoV555 Promises a Reduction in the Rate of COVID-19 Hospitalizations  

Eli Lilly and AbCellera Collaboration Result LY-C0V555  A lot of discoveries, followed by thorough experimentation beyond the vaccines, are taking place in the biotechnology and large biopharmaceutical companies to defeat COVID-19. The most recently discovered product by AbCellera, which was developed by Eli Lilly (LLY), is LY-CoV555 - a potent, neutralizing IgG1 monoclonal antibody (mAb), directed . . . This content is for paid subscribers. …

Gilead Sciences Could Acquire Immunomedics at $20 Billion. See Also: AstraZeneca Vaccine Trial Resumed

Gilead Sciences News Is Not Just Gossip Real news, not just gossip, is spreading today about Gilead Sciences (GILD) nearing a deal to acquire the biotech firm Immunomedics (IMMU) for $20 billion. Immunomedics current market value is around $10 billion which means that Gilead is buying it at double its value. The deal could be announced on Monday, if not sooner, if the talks go …

Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKLine COVID-19 Vaccines are Advancing in Clinical Trial

Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline Have COVID-19 Vaccines Advancing in Clinical Trial Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) started Phase 1/2 clinical trial for their adjuvanted COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine candidate developed by both firms uses the same recombinant protein-based technology as one of Sanofi’s seasonal influenza vaccines, with GSK’s established pandemic adjuvant technology. The Phase 1/2 clinical trial is a randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled trial. It is …

The U.S. CDC Tells the 50 States to Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccines by the End of October

CDC Is Asking States to Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccines The U.S. Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked the 50 states’ public health officials to be ready to distribute potential COVID-19 vaccines to high-risk people, healthcare workers and others as soon as late October, as showed in a document yesterday. The New York Times (NYT) has also reported today that the CDC has …

Moderna Inc Stock is Tanking After Rallying

Moderna Inc Late August Announcements  On August 28, 2020 Moderna Inc (MRNA) issued a press release confirming that the Company is engaged in discussions with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan (MHLW) to potentially purchase 40 million or more doses of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273. Under the terms of this arrangement the . . . This content is for paid subscribers. …

An Important Announcement from Sorrento Therapeutics

Sorrento Therapeutics Announcement Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE) announced that it believes it has uncovered fraudulent attempts to manipulate the Company’s stock.  In a press release from August 12, 2020 Sorrento informed that, on August 11, 2020 it was reported that an organization calling itself “Hindenburg Research” published claims regarding one of Sorrento’s COVID-19 diagnostic products. The report is believed to include false and/or misleading statements for …

Monopar Therapeutics: A Plan for a Test that Predicts COVID-19 Patients Who Might Likely Develop Severe Respiratory Failure

A Predictive COVID-19 Test? COVID-19 infected people are not all affected to the same degree with regards to the severity of the disease complications. There is no doubt that a test that can predict which patients will be severely affected and which will not might save a lot of lives, money and unnecessary time spent in crowded hospitals.    Monopar Therapeutics in the NEWS  Monopar …

Inovio: Good News About the Firm’s COVID-19 Vaccine’s Capability and Durability

Inovio Inovio’s COVID-19 Vaccine INO-4800 Accomplished the Following: Durable antibody and T cell responses in rhesus macaques for 4 months. Long-term protection in non-human primates challenged with SARS-CoV-2 virus 13     weeks from vaccination. No other vaccine has demonstrated it. Reduced viral loads and faster viral clearance in macaques’ lungs and nasal passages as a result of a good Memory T and B cell …