Arbutus Biopharma (NASDAQ:ABUS) is developing a portfolio of drug candidates, each with different mechanisms of action that it believes will result in a combination therapy to cure patients infected with hepatitis B virus.
Using a novel ocular injection platform to deliver drug to the suprachroidal space (SCS) at the back of the eye, Clearside Biomedical (NASDAQ:CLSD) is relentless pursuing treatments for blinding diseases with a late-stage pipeline for macular edema associated with uveitis and retinal vein occulusion and DME, as well as an early development program for wet AMD.
As chief scientific officer, EVP and head of closely held Triphase Accelerator, Mohit Trikha has parlayed a successful 20-year track record in oncology drug development into a home run, selling Triphase’s first asset, a proteasome inhibitor known as marizomib, to Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG). Prior to joining Triphase, Dr. Trikha was associate VP of clinical development at Ambit Biosciences; director of BioOncology and early development at Genentech; and assistant director of oncology research at J&J’s Centocor.
After receiving a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) from the FDA at the end of September, Athersys (NASDAQ:ATHX) hopes to launch a pivotal trial next summer administering its intravenous MultiStem cell therapy in patients following an ischemic stroke.
GeneNews (TSX:GEN) is addressing the major issue in earlycancer screening - patient reluctance with inconvenient and intrusive screening methods - with a suite of differentiated molecular diagnostic tests that rely on a convenient in-office blood draw to find cancers of the colon, lung, breast and prostate, early.
3D Signatures (TSX-V:DXD) which has developed proprietary software with the potential to analyze a patient’s chromosomal arrangement, or signature, is seeking collaborations to advance its TeloView platform in the areas of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, prostrate cancer, multiple myeloma and Alzheimer’s disease.
As head of healthcare research and as the senior biotechnology analyst with Maxim Group, Jason Kolbert has worked extensively in the healthcare sector. This includes pharma experience with Schering-Plough in Japan, as a fund manager and as an equity analyst for the past 20 years.
The FDA has accepted for review Adamis Pharmaceuticals’ (NASDAQ:ADMP) NDA for its Epinephrine Pre-filled Syringe (PFS) product candidate for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis.
Kenneth Galbraith, an accomplished life sciences industry veteran, has been appointed a director of Profound Medical (TSX-V:PRN).
Steven Plymale, president and COO of Profound Medical (TSX-V:PRN), has been appointed an independent director of XOR-Labs, a spinoff from Toronto General Hospital at University Health Network, the world's leading center for lung transplantation and a MaRS Innovation company.
Closely held Braeburn Pharmaceuticals announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has granted a Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code, or permanent J-code, for Probuphine, the first and only six-month buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid addiction.
Microbix Biosystems (TSX:MBX) has signed a distribution agreement with Meridian Life Science, a wholly owned unit of Meridian Bioscience (NASDAQ:VIVO), a fully integrated global diagnostic and life sciences company.
Vital Therapies (NASDAQ:VTL) updated its Phase 3 trial, VTL-308, designed to evaluate the ELAD System in subjects with severe acute alcoholic hepatitis.
H.C. Wainwright initiated coverage of Trevena (NASDAQ:TRVN) with a “buy” rating and $11 price target. The shares were changing hands at $6.85 at mid-day on Jan. 9.
Data from a new study published recently in Urologic Oncology involving men with localized high-risk prostate cancer suggests that the use of 3D Signatures’ (OTCQB:TDSGF; TSX-V:DXD) technology platform, TeloView, may be a promising blood-based treatment-response biomarker in prostate cancer patients who are undergoing combined androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and radiation therapy (RT).