BOSTON--Master scientist and entrepreneur Robert Langer offered his thoughts on those topics and their relationship to drug delivery to FierceDrugDelivery in his MIT office and later to the field at large at the Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery conference in Boston.
Roche's announcement that it will acquire InterMune and its orally delivered drug pirfenidone has pushed the rare lung condition idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) into the spotlight. Boehringer Ingelheim also has an oral drug for IPF on the horizon, but a little-known candidate for the condition has the potential to steal the big boys' thunder due to its differentiated delivery mechanism. Read more >>
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The self-regulation of insulin delivery is a long-sought goal in the field, spurring the development of closed-loop systems and an artificial pancreas for diabetics. But some researchers are aiming smaller, looking at a way to create stem cells en masse that can produce insulin in response to blood sugar levels. Read more >>
BOSTON--Whether through collaboration with academia or buyouts of smaller players, panelists at the Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery conference concurred that Big Pharma is increasingly looking externally for innovation and using its size and financial to power candidates through clinicial and onto the market.
Researchers at NC State University and the University of North Carolina have developed a DNA-based delivery vehicle capable of acting as a Trojan horse in cancer cells. Using DNA as a cage instead of synthetic materials makes the vehicle less toxic to healthy cells and allows for the attachment of precise targeting mechanisms.
Now-public Intersect ENT touted three studies in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, saying the results of their clinical studies demonstrated the benefits of its Propel and investigational Resolve implants for use in patients following sinus surgery.
At the American Neurological Association's 2014 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Alnylam released 6-month data on its Phase 2 open-label extension (OLE) study of patisiran (ALN-TTR02), a clinical-stage RNAi candidate for the treatment of TTR-mediated amyloidosis in patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy.
RNAi specialist Alnylam is focusing on rare diseases at the moment (with the exception of hepatitis B), but Chief Business Officer Laurence Reid told investors at the Leerink Rare Disease Roundtable conference that the company is also looking to enter bigger markets via partnerships.
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St. Louis, MO-based Veran Medical closed a $12 million financing round. The company, specializing in thoracic navigation an biopsy for early detection of lung cancer, will use the funds toward continued commercial expansion in the U.S. and international launch of the Veran Thoracic Navigation System.
Punctum plugs improve patient compliance and deliver drugs to the eye effectively, said the American Academy of Ophthalmology, citing the results of a Phase II study of Ocular Therapeutix's dexamethasone delivering plug, whose length is a fraction of the diameter of a dime.