Coronavirus Update: More Approval, Trial Progress For Non-Vaccine Options
Plus, SK's Vaccine Positive In Early Trial
Multiple non-vaccine options for COVID-19 continue to progress, with promising new clinical results for Sorrento's small molecule drug and a supplementary approval in Japan for Chugai's antibody combo. Meanwhile, China's CRDC has in-licensed technology for Ligand to apply to an oral antiviral it is developing. Meanwhile, SK Biosciences' novel nanoparticle vaccine is positive in early trials.
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While new oral COVID-19 drugs are commanding the headlines, a little-known Chinese biotech is pushing ahead with an intravenous small molecule antiviral candidate now moving towards Phase II/III US trials, its CEO tells Scrip.
Following positive interim Phase I/II results, expectations are rising for SK Bioscience’s recombinant COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes the first Korea-developed candidate to progress to Phase III.