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Bifunctional Antibodies: The Next Generation of Immuno-oncology Agents

Immuno-oncology agents, particularly checkpoint inhibitors, have moved to the forefront of cancer research and treatment in recent years. Indeed, the discovery that cancer could be treated by activating the immune system was honored with a Nobel Prize in 2018. But, as revolutionary as immuno-oncology drugs have been for the cancer field, many patients still do...

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Machine Learning and Drug R&D

We recently wrote about the growing use of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare. That blog post talked primarily about the expanding applications of AI in clinical diagnostics, based on AI’s superior abilities in pattern recognition. Within the pharmaceutical industry, however, machine learning technologies hold the most potential for revolutionizing drug discovery and...

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Big Oncology Mergers Kick Off 2019

Each January, a large portion of the international healthcare industry descends on San Francisco for the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference and a variety of other concurrent industry events. The sentiment of the nearly 10,000 attendees — largely influenced by partnering news and big merger/acquisition deals announced around these events — typically sets the tone for...

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Happy New Year — Some Thoughts on the Year to Come

Welcome to 2019. We hope you enjoyed the holidays and look forward to meeting and greeting many of you next week in San Francisco for Biotech Week. Several members of the Bionest team will be in attendance, and if you’d like to get together, we look forward to hearing from you.   Last year, we...

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A Crowded Field for Migraine Therapies, Where Recently There Were None

Back in March, when we first wrote about migraine drug development, there were no approved therapies addressing the underlying mechanisms of these painful, sometimes chronic, headaches — the most prevalent neurological disorder worldwide. Now, three such drugs have reached the market.   The three drugs — Aimovig (erenumab) from Amgen/Novartis, Ajovy (fremanezumab) from Teva Pharmaceuticals,...

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Analysts’ Predictions on Top 10 Best Selling Drugs in 2024 — And Our Take

Market analyst firm Evaluate released their annual report, “EvaluatePharma World Preview 2018: Outlook to 2024,” last month. The report predicts that worldwide prescription drug sales will grow to over $1.2 trillion over the next six years. Novartis is projected to be 2024’s leading prescription drug company with $53.2 billion in overall sales, followed by Pfizer...

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Embryonic Stem Cell Technology and FDA

Stem cell research has elicited both excitement and controversy since its earliest days. Hematopoietic stem cell transplants have been employed for some time in the treatment of certain blood cancers. More recently, researchers have reported clinical successes in using bone marrow transplants to treat sickle cell disease as well as multiple sclerosis, where bone marrow...

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The First Cannabis-Derived Drug Heads for FDA Approval

A new treatment for two particularly severe forms of epilepsy is on track to become the first cannabis-derived drug to gain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On April 19, an FDA advisory panel unanimously recommended the approval of Epidiolex (cannabidiol, also known as CBD), under development by British pharmaceutical company GW...

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Hot Topics in Neurology at AAN

We have been thinking for some time about the importance of biomarkers in both drug discovery and clinical medicine as they relate to Alzheimer’s (and our In Vivo publication also addresses this topic in depth). At the recent American Academy of Neurology (AAN) conference, there was also widespread interest in this topic, spurred in part...

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Anticipating ASCO

We always greatly anticipate the scientific and educational sessions presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting, this year being held in Chicago from June 1-5. The meeting is the largest of its kind focused on cancer, attracting more than 30,000 oncology professionals from around the world to discuss ”state-of-the-art treatment modalities, new therapies,...