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Gilead’s Comparative Analysis To Bolster Remdesivir Draws Criticism

Gilead says remdesivir improved mortality and clinical recovery in COVID-19 patients, but the findings come from a retrospective analysis, not a traditional clinical trial.

Coronavirus Update: Moderna Set For Bigger Test As Vaccine Trials Begin In Older People

Moderna's vaccine has shown encouraging early results in younger adults, but over-55s and over-70s cohorts represent a bigger safety and efficacy hurdle.

Coronavirus Update: New Clinical Trials Network Could Help Pick Vaccine, Antibody Winners Faster

Plus: the World Health Organization has commissioned an independent panel to look at pandemic responses, while the emergence of an unknown pneumonia in Kazakstan is causing concern.

‘Agile’ Approach Aims To Accelerate Ridgeback’s COVID-19 Timeline

The Bayesian adaptive trial design is looking to slash development times, starting with a Phase II trial of Ridgeback’s drug, a potential challenger to Gilead’s remdesivir.

Operation Warp Speed Spreads Its Bets With $1.6bn Novavax Deal

Novavax has progressed into Phase I trials with relatively little funding, but backing from Operation Warp Speed makes it a stronger contender.

Coronavirus Update: Regeneron Races Into Phase III Trial Of Antibodies To Block Coronavirus Infection

Regeneron and NIAID kick off a Phase III prevention trial for antibody cocktail REGN-COV2.

Coronavirus Update: Japan's Supercomputer Joins COVID-19 Drug Hunt

Developed by Japan’s national research institute, the supercomputer has been tasked with characterizing the SARS-CoV-2 virus, identifying therapeutic molecules, modeling infection spread and socio-economic impact.

Quick Listen: Scrip’s Five Must-Know Things

Join us for a quick audio roundup of five useful things to know from Scrip's recent coverage of the global biopharmaceutical industry.

Pricing In ‘Exceptional’ Times: ICER Aims To Shape US Policy For Novel COVID Drugs, Vaccines

US Institute for Clinical and Economic Review lays out options ranging from the status quo (unrestricted pricing) to compulsory licensing and advanced market commitments in a new white paper.

Coronavirus Update: Moderna Hold Up, Sanofi and Regeneron's Kevzara Fails In Phase III

Delay to Moderna's Phase III plans adds to the biotech's rollercoaster ride, but its CEO insists it is still on track.

Coronavirus Update: Oxford Racing Ahead With 8,000 Vaccinated In Phase III Trial

Partnering with AstraZeneca, the Oxford team has opened up a clear lead in the race to enrol thousands of patients for late-stage safety and efficacy trials – but cannot make guarantees of when results might be ready.

Tripartite Avigan Alliance Aims For Global Access

Fujifilm Toyama seals three-way deal to accelerate the development and global supply of favipiravir, close on the heels of the arrival of a generic version of the antiviral in India under restricted emergency use for the treatment of COVID-19.

Showcasing Its Pandemic Response Drug Discovery, Berkeley Lights Prepares For IPO

Chief executive Eric Hobbs talks about the technology needed to accelerate antibody, cell therapy and synthetic biology, and prepare for the next pandemic.

Pfizer Unveils Promising Early Data On COVID-19, Sends Moderna Shares Down

Pfizer and BioNTech appear to have the upper hand on mRNA rivals Moderna, but Phase III results will be the real test.

Coronavirus Update: Spooked By America’s COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism, FDA Promises Not To Lower Standards

The FDA has released detailed guidance to COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers setting out the safety and efficacy standards required, and pledged to not cut corners.

Glenmark Sanguine On Ichnos Capital Raise Plan Amid Mixed Dermatitis Data

Glenmark’s innovation spin-out initiates efforts to raise capital in the US, unfazed by mixed top-line results for its investigational atopic dermatitis treatment. Its parent firm has underscored the value proposition of the oncology franchise and proprietary bispecific antibody technology platform.

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