Clearside Biomedical (NASDAQ:CLSD) is expected to report several key milestones in 2018 in its programs of developing potential treatments for back of the eye diseases with its corticosteroid therapy, CLS-TA, administered through the suprachoroidal space (SCS) to readily access the retina and choroid and thereby target disease pathology.
After 17 years of blistering growth in China, Hutchison China Meditech (Chi-Med) (AIM, NASDAQ:HCM) is taking center stage as a global drug innovator, with a fully integrated pipeline approaching regulatory approvals, a prolific discovery engine and an established commercial organization.
Early in January, IntelGenx (OTCQX:IGXT; TSXV:IGX) will regain exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize its Rizaport oral thin-film treatment of acute migraines.
Closely-held Soricimed Biopharma expects to initiate in the second quarter of 2018 a Phase 1b/2a clinical trial with its SOR-C13 drug candidate in patients with prostate cancer, including men who have failed first line treatment, as well as patients with advanced pancreatic and ovarian cancers.
Crescita Therapeutics (TSX:CTX), is aiming to be a $50-million commercial dermatology company in the next five years, with a portfolio of non-prescription skincare products and prescription drug products for the treatment and care of skin conditions, their diseases and their symptoms.
DiagnosTear, the dry eye diagnostic subsidiary of BioLight Life Sciences (TASE:BOLT), hopes to file by the end of 2017 for CE Mark approval in Europe and begin a pivotal trial in the U.S. in mid-2018 with its TeaRx device to aid in the diagnosis and monitoring of dry eye syndrome (DES).
Swiss-based GeNeuro (Euronext Paris: CH0308403085 – GNRO) is leveraging the biology of human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) to stop the causes of neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and Type 1 diabetes, both of which are in Phase 2 trials, with data expected in 2018.