News round-up by DDW’s Megan Thomas for 24-28 January, 2022
From further Covid-19 developments to cancer and chronic pain studies, there is a lot to appreciate and get excited about in the drug discovery sector. DDW’s Megan Thomas has rounded up five stories that have stood out over the week.
A third ‘booster’ dose of Covid-19 vaccine successfully raises antibody levels that neutralise the Omicron variant, according to laboratory findings from the Francis Crick Institute and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) UCLH Biomedical Research Centre, published as a Research letter in The Lancet.
Beckley Psytech has announced that the first cohort of psychotherapists have begun training in advance of the expected Phase II clinical trial examining 5-MeO-DMT-assisted psychotherapy in treatment resistant depression (TRD).
Neurimmune has signed an expanded drug discovery collaboration agreement with Ono Pharmaceutical, which is focused on creating antibody drugs against new therapeutic targets in the field of neurodegenerative diseases utilising Neurimmune’s proprietary Reverse Translational Medicine (RTM) technology platform, an antibody drug creation approach.
In a clinical trial, Mount Sinai scientists gave immunotherapy to liver cancer patients before they received surgery and found that tumours died off significantly before surgery in a third of the patients, according to results reported in The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Virpax Pharmaceuticals has chosen Altasciences to conduct a first-in-human study of Epoladerm (diclofenac epolamine) for chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee. This treatment is supplied in a pre-filled device for administration as a topical spray film.