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Flowonix raises $40M to support next-generation infusion pump with improved MRI compatibility

Flowonix, maker of the implantable Prometra infusion pump for chronic pain patients, announced that it has raised $40 million in debt and equity financing led by private equity fund Élevage Capital Management.

Medical marijuana company licenses RapidMist device for buccal delivery

Medical marijuana company CannScience Innovations entered into a nonbinding agreement to license Generex Biotechnology's RapidMist device for the buccal delivery of its developmental stage medical marijuana products.

NSF funds further research into only FDA-cleared catheter for rectal delivery

The National Science Foundation this week awarded a second research grant to the maker of the only FDA-cleared catheter for rectal delivery of medication and liquids to expand the device's use beyond the hospice.

Ocular Therapeutix announces Phase II results of sustained-released eye care drug

Eye care company Ocular Therapeutix today announced the results of its Phase II trial of its Sustained Release Dexamethasone aimed at treating allergic conjunctivitis. The 42-day randomized, double-blind study of 68 patients showed that patients on the candidate had lower ocular itching and conjunctival redness scores than those on the placebo, the company said.

Drug-loaded milk could offer oral HIV/AIDS prevention to children

HIV/AIDS prevention can be difficult in countries with limited resources, especially when it comes to the millions of affected children who are less likely to tolerate antiretroviral drugs. In an effort to overcome this challenge, researchers at Penn State University have developed a delivery system for the antiretroviral Ritonavir that uses a protein in cow's milk for oral administration of the drug.

Alnylam adds two RNAi programs to its hepatitis pipeline

Alnylam today announced the addition of RNA interference therapies for the hepatitis delta virus and chronic liver infections to its clinical pipeline at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in Boston. The company also said it remains on track to select a candidate for its hepatitis B program by the end of the year and hopes to file an investigational new drug application with the FDA in late 2015. 

Arrowhead's midstage hep B data shows promise for RNA-based 'functional cure'

RNA interference specialist Arrowhead presented new data from an ongoing Phase IIa study of its hepatitis B treatment ARC-520, demonstrating a reduction of the disease's surface antigens in what the company says is a first for RNAi.

FDA clears syringe that prevents needlestick injuries

Exton, PA's West Pharmaceutical Services just announced that the FDA has given it 510(k) clearance for the NovaGuard Staked-needle Automatic safety system, as the push to avoid needlestick injuries gathers momentum.

Nasal spray for migraines under development

Scientists from Nevada's Roseman University of Health Sciences presented their work on a nasal spray formulation of the antipsychotic prochlorperazine for the treatment of migraines at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists annual meeting in San Diego.

OptiNose submits NDA to FDA

The FDA has accepted OptiNose's new drug application for the drug/device combination product candidate AVP-825 for the treatment of headaches.

Distinct, compartmental reactions in an 'artificial cell' offer controlled delivery action

Researchers at Imperial College London have created an artificial cell with separate compartments that can communicate with one another via chemical reactions, much the way, for instance, the nucleus would communicate with other parts of the cell.

FDA clears catheter for targeted drug delivery in peripheral vasculature

The FDA recently gave 510(k) clearance to a two-balloon catheter for the targeted delivery of diagnostic and therapeutic agents to the visceral vascular system. This subset of the peripheral vasculature consists of the arteries that supply blood to the intestines, spleen and liver.

UPDATED: AstraZeneca, University of Manchester create new center for advanced drug delivery

The University of Manchester's North West Centre for Advanced Drug Delivery will study drug delivery topics in cancer and other diseases of interest to the AstraZeneca, in the latest example of the growing research collaboration between Big Pharma and academia.

MIT spinoff SQZ Biotech nabs startup prizes for cell-squeezing delivery enhancer

With small but prestigious contributions from the scientific community, SQZ Biotech is looking to launch its CellSqueeze platform to be used in commercial applications.

Study: Timing of administration an oft-overlooked factor in drug delivery

In addition to being blockbuster drugs, Nexium, the Advair Diskus and Rituxan all have a half-life of less than 6 hours and target circadian genes, meaning that their efficacy could be influenced by the timing of their administration due to the so-called biological/molecular clock, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers.

CSL ties up with Enable Injections to market biologic delivery device

Plasma protein specialist CSL Behring has tied the knot with Ohio devicemaker Enable Injections to use Enable's technology for the delivery of treatments for chronic diseases. The development agreement will give CSL access to market the device.

Eye care company pSivida receives royalty payment, will spend it on pipeline

Eye care company pSivida will use the $25 million milestone payment for the recent FDA approval of sustained-release therapy Iluvien to fund its pipeline.

Microscale fibers may have many drug-delivery uses

Drug delivery researchers are probing the depths of nanotechnology. However, researchers at New York University have shown that the maxim "better is better" can be true in the drug-delivery world as well, due to the development of drug delivering fibers that are the diameter of spider silk.

Harvard team uses stem cells to deliver toxic doses to cancer cells

Researchers at Harvard have programmed stem cells embedded in a tumor to deliver a toxic dose of cytotoxins, killing the cancer cells from the inside.

BDSI aiming to develop injectable buprenorphine

BioDelivery Sciences International is partnering with Evonik to develop a formulation of buprenorphine that can be subcutaneously injected and provide continuous therapy for 30 days. BDSI will pursue an approval for opioid dependence in about three years, but also aims to develop a product for chronic pain in patients requiring continuous opioid therapy.