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Time to Embrace Decentralized Clinical Trials

A clearer roadmap for decentralized clinical trials will enable companies to better plan and more quickly advance their adoption of these strategies, which have the potential of benefiting patients and drug developers alike.

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New Strategies Against a Hard-to-Treat Killer — Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer was the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States in 2018. This year, experts estimate that 56,770 new cases will be diagnosed and 45,750 deaths will be recorded. Pancreatic cancer is especially lethal because in its early stages, when the disease is easiest to treat, patients are usually asymptomatic. The disease...

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Zolgensma Launch “On Track,” but Significant Challenges Remain

On July 18, Novartis told analysts its Zolgensma launch was “on track.” Despite the gene therapy’s $2.1 million price tag, the company states the launch is “one of the most successful launches from an access standpoint in rare diseases.” Novartis said it had reached coverage deals with more than 20 commercial insurance plans, covering approximately 40%...

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New Excitement About Antibody-Drug Conjugates in Cancer

The ability to target malignant cells without damage to surrounding healthy ones has been a long-sought goal in cancer drug development. Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) have been investigated as one such solution aimed at delivering more targeted therapies. ADCs — an approach first envisioned by Paul Ehrlich in the early 20th century — combine the targeting...

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Real World Evidence Replacing Some Clinical Trials?

Pharmaceutical companies have long used real-world data on drug performance to help justify their pricing decisions to payers. But now such real-world evidence (RWE), gathered from electronic medical records (EMRs), national patient registries and other patient databases, is increasingly being looked at as a way to make the case for new supplemental approvals and label...

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Highlights from AAN: Part 1

The Bionest team attended the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in early May, where we heard exciting data presented in a number of neurological conditions. Among the highlights of this year’s conference:   Transformative Success in Spinal Muscular Atrophy   Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) was a hot topic at AAN, with presentations of positive clinical...

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Breaking Out of the Bubble

X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (X-SCID, or SCID-X1), is an orphan monogenic disorder popularly known as ‘bubble boy disease’ that affects 1 in 50,000-100,000 live births. The most serious of all primary immunodeficiencies, X-SCID causes severe failure of the immune system, including a lack of T cells, natural killer (NK) cells, or functional B cells. For...

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Meet You at ASCO!

ASCO, the world’s largest meeting focused on cancer, is always one of the highlights of our calendar here at Bionest. This year is no exception and several of us are headed to Chicago for this year’s event, which is being held from May 31 to June 4. If you are going to ASCO, we’d love...

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Nobel Award Winning Science Reaches the Clinic — Finally

In 2006, Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka turned back the biological clock of mature mouse cells, reprogramming them into stem cells capable of becoming any cell types. This accomplishment led to his sharing a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2012 with Sir John Gurdon, another pioneer in the field of regenerative medicine. The scientific...

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Targeting Brain Cancer with New Vaccine Approaches

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common form of brain cancer affecting adults. It is also one of the deadliest and hardest to treat cancers. About half of all people with GBM survive longer than 18 months, but only 15% are still alive five years post diagnosis. Of the approximately two dozen experimental treatments tested...