Audrey Furness is Marketing Executive for ONdrugDelivery Magazine.
Pharmapack presents the results of its annual survey and market report, covering the latest Pharmapack Innovation Index and the inaugural Pharmapack Sustainability Index, and taking stock of where the survey results suggest the pharma industry currently is, and where it is heading, in terms of innovation and sustainability.
Allison Strochlic and Andrea Dwyer discuss the often overlooked aspect of a combination product user interface: the packaging. With a specific look at injection devices, the authors cover how to perform proper human factors testing of a combination product’s packaging, and the advantages doing so can confer to a project.
Covis Pharma's inhaled glucocorticoid, Alvesco (ciclesonide), has entered a US multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III safety and efficacy trial in 400 non-hospitalised patients 12 years of age and older with symptomatic covid-19. The product is delivered twice daily via a pMDI.
Stabilitech Recognised by WHO, seeks £6m funding to make oral SARS-COV-2 vaccine available by end of 2020
Stabilitech Biopharma, which is developing OraPro-COVID-19, an oral coronavirus vaccine, has been formally recognised on the international stage by the WHO as a vaccine developer, and seeks £6 million to fund clinical trials and manufacturing required to make the vaccine available by the end of 2020.
Bavarian Nordic has entered into an exclusive head of terms agreement to license AdaptVac’s proprietary capsid virus like particle (VLP)-based SARS-CoV-2 subunit vaccine technology, to help a European consortium, PREVENT-nCoV, move towards clinical proof of concept. Bavarian Nordic takes responsibility for clinical development and global commercialisation of the vaccine.
Researchers from the Human Cell Atlas Lung Biological Network, have identified two specific cell types in the nose as likely initial infection points for COVID-19 coronavirus, and cells in the eye and some other organs that also contain the viral-entry proteins. They also predict how a key entry protein is regulated with other immune system genes and reveals potential targets for the development of treatments to reduce transmission.
A new testing model from MedPharm supports pharmaceutical development programmes targeting coronavirus treatments, meaning companies can assess the therapeutic effectiveness of their anti-COVID-19 candidate compounds in nasal, airway (bronchial), and deep lung (alveolar) epithelia against members of the Coronaviridae family.
Nanoparticles developed by researchers from Galien Institute at Paris-Saclay University and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, made by conjugating squalene to adenosine and then encapsulating α-tocopherol, a natural antioxidant, have shown potential against the uncontrolled inflammatory processes associated with severe SARS-COV-2 infection.
Bioavanta-Bosti has developed of a 48-hour manufacturing process, using its Novochizol chitosan polysaccharide nanotechnology to encapsulate APIs – small molecules or biologics – for localised delivery and sustained release, to generate intra-pulmonary drug delivery formulations suitable for treating COVID-19 patients.
A novel inhaled formulation of the approved antihelminthic drug, niclosamide, is under development at the College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin for COVID-19. The compound was recently confirmed to exhibit antiviral efficacy in SARS-COV-2 infected cells and indeed was more potent compared with chloroquine, lopinavir and remdesivir, the group said.
Sensirion has launched a new flow sensor, SFM301, which has specifically been developed to be scaleable, and integrated easily into respiratory devices such as ventilators for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The sensor is based on the company's CMOSens® technology, and can measure oxygen, and air.
Specialist respiratory drug product news publication OINDP News, has reported progress from several intranasal and inhaled COVID-19 vaccine development programmes, including from Altimmune, APEPTICO, a partnership between Neurimmune and Ethris, and a partnership between UW–Madison, FluGen and Bharat Biotech.
Roquette has identified its KLEPTOSE® hydroxypropyl beta-cyclodextrins (HPβCD) as potentially effective to help the joint efforts of the scientific and pharmaceutical communities working on treating and preventing new emerging viruses such as the coronavirus. HPβCD can effectively act as a safe, enabling excipient for solubility enhancement of antiviral drugs, stability improvement of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies, and as a vaccine adjuvant.
MedinCell investigating role of long-acting antivirals to break chain of SARS-COV-2 viral transmission
With evidence indicating that the established antiparasitic ivermectin can kill coronavirus in a laboratory setting in under 48 hours, MedinCell has published data showing that long-acting formulations of ivermectin can be designed with varying doses and durations with its BEPO® technology and is investigating whether a long-acting product could be effective in breaking the chain of viral transmission.
Tiziana Life Sciences has developed a handheld inhaler that will allow the rapid delivery of TZLS-501, its drug to treat inflammation of the lung in COVID-19. The company believes TZLS-501 (anti-IL6R) combined with this newly introduced inhalation technology may rapidly inhibit inflammation in lungs and in combination with intravenous administration may deplete circulating levels of IL-6 and potentially halt progression of COVID-19-mediated lung damage and death.
Leading device design consultancies Cambridge Consultants, PA Consulting, Sagentia, Team Consulting and TTP , with industrial assistance from MetLase, have joined forces to answer the UK government's call for the rapid development and manufacture of vital ventilators for patients suffering with severe symptoms of COVID-19.
Canadian biotech company IMV has made impressively rapid, solid progress on the development of a vaccine candidate against the novel coronavirus, using its lipid-based vaccine delivery platform, DPX. New developments in just two weeks include, include: initiation of peptide candidate manufacturing, cGMP scale-up plans, preclinical models/assays; and Phase I clinical trial design completed, with discussions with Health Canada already underway also.
In its COVID-19 announcement, Ximedica has confirmed that its manufacturing facility remains open under the “essential service” classification and that is focusing on US national efforts to help address the challenges surrounding ventilator and PPE supplies. It also highlighted its core strength in engineering, with more than 200 engineers who have established several highly effective means of remote collaboration.