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COVID-19 Vaccine Expectations Are Ambitious Not Impossible

Johan Van Hoof, global head of vaccines at Janssen, talks to In Vivo about the company’s platform, how it is approaching COVID-19 research and the impact of today’s global pandemic on the future of vaccine R&D. 

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Digital Therapeutics Have Arrived But Will Insurers Get On Board?

Will FDA-cleared prescription digital therapeutics be able to follow wellness, chronic disease and sleep disorder apps onto the formularies of major payers? For digital therapeutics companies investing in randomized controlled clinical trials, GMP manufacturing and FDA submissions for products, the current absence of public health insurance coverage is frustrating.

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Virtual Clinical Trials Find Bigger Voice As COVID-19 Forces Pharma Rethink

The use of virtual, real-time and at-home testing to provide clinical trials data has been steadily gaining the interest of the health care industry. COVID-19 has put this opportunity into sharper focus, says CNS trials technology developer Cambridge Cognition, which is now adding a voice option to its portfolio.

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Putting The Patient First: The Challenge And Opportunities To Improve Rare-Disease Therapy Development


Advances in identifying the genetic causes of diseases, and particularly cancers, coupled with regulatory incentives to encourage the development of therapeutic approaches to once poorly managed orphan diseases have fueled a surge in exciting new medicines. To address some of these issues and explore potential solutions, Simbec-Orion in collaboration with Informa Pharma Intelligence convened a round table of experts attending the BIO International Convention

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Titans Of Pharma 2020: 15 Leading CEOs Bag $266m In Compensation

See how much the CEOs and R&D heads of the world’s biggest pharma companies get paid, and how those companies are performing.

Making Progress Against Rare Diseases

Biopharmaceutical companies doubled-down on rare disease treatments during the last five years, thanks to a potent combination of scientific discovery and appealing business incentives.

Accessing CAR-T Therapies

Infographic: There are two CAR-T therapies on the market, both of which secured their first approvals in 2017. The pipeline of autologous and allogeneic CAR-T options is busy with several candidates in clinical studies. However, getting approval is only one part of getting these breakthrough therapies to patients.

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Back To Business: Deal-Making On The Other Side Of COVID-19

COVID-19 has introduced new challenges (and more attorneys) into the biopharma deal-making environment, but experts say the fundamentals for deal activity point toward a rebound. Companies that adapt quickly to changes – in communication, due diligence and deal structure – will make successful connections in a time of social distancing.

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Can Bespoke Analytics Put New Dazzle On Copy Drugs?

Disruptions in the supply/demand configuration of generic drugs have plagued US health care for years. Picket Pharmaceuticals, a new start-up founded by a biostatistician veteran of Africa’s war on HIV, is using the illuminating powers of big data to stabilize the generics supply chain and find untapped areas of value among thousands of products in a business that remains a mystery to physicians, payers and patients alike.

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Is Pharma Too Introspective To Be Truly Innovative?

The pharmaceutical industry is more diverse today in terms of nationality and culture. However, there is still a lack of other types of diversity, which blocks the proactive inclusion of different perspectives. Raafi-Karim Alidina, a consultant with global diversity and inclusion consultancy Frost Included and the co-author of Building An Inclusive Organisation, shares his thoughts. 

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NASH Backlash: Intercept Delay Raises Questions

A complete response letter from the FDA in June knocked Intercept’s stock price down to 2014 levels, but perhaps the regulator is sending wider messages about NASH.

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ResMed Ready To Supply Digital Answers To Health Care’s Demand Challenges

ResMed’s respiratory device portfolio has put it front and center of the global medtech industry’s efforts to bring COVID-19 under control. UK and Ireland country manager Antoine Valterio tells In Vivo how the company rose to the challenge, and how providers are now seeing digital technologies in a new light.

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COVID-19 Global Perspective

Infographic: As the novel coronavirus continues to cause disruption and leave casualties across the globe, In Vivo has taken a look at the activities of the life sciences sector in response. Here is a breakdown of biopharma and medtech research actions against COVID-19. 

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Snapshot: Highlights From The First Six Months Of 2020

A selection of features you might have missed from the first six months of 2020, covering key topics from COVID-19 strategies in medtech to an analysis of pipeline focus areas across the pharma sector. Click on each section to get the full story behind the data. 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Expectations Are Ambitious Not Impossible

Johan Van Hoof, global head of vaccines at Janssen, talks to In Vivo about the company’s platform, how it is approaching COVID-19 research and the impact of today’s global pandemic on the future of vaccine R&D. 

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Extraordinary Times Call For Exceptional Response From Philips’ Connected Care Chief

Roy Jakobs was appointed internally to head connected care at Philips on 28 January, shortly before COVID-19 forced the first of many lockdowns around the world. The disruption prompted a rapid rethink of priorities, which has shown opportunities for lasting health care system change.

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Exploring Latin America In The COVID-19 Era

Unique industry partnerships and new regulatory flexibility in Latin America may help to improve access to medicines, even as COVID-19 wreaks havoc in the region’s largest pharmaceutical market. Can biopharma’s bespoke solutions to market access barriers coalesce into a strategy capable of overcoming political, economic and COVID-19 related risks?   

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Regulatory Harmonization Makes Big Strides In Africa

Last month a drug for the prevention of uterine haemorrhage became the first product to be approved under a novel scheme designed to speed up access to medicines in low and middle-income countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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Leading The Dawn Chorus

Spearheading discussions with NICE, bluebird bio’s UK general manager Nicola Redfern has been central to efforts to introduce fresh reimbursement models within the health technology assessment process and commercial framework. Success could change the way cell and gene therapies are assessed and affect the outlook for many patients living with rare diseases.

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UK Medtechs Fear That Pre-COVID-19 Activity May Be Over A Year Away

Top of the agenda for the medtech industry globally is when the “new normal” will return. In the UK, the expectations are that post-COVID-19 health care activity will increase gradually, but it is possible that the National Health Service will not reach its pre-coronavirus capacities until late in 2021, “if at all.”

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Device/Diagnostics Quarterly Dealmaking Statistics, Q1 2020

Device financing totaled $1.4bn during the first quarter of 2020. Merger and acquisition activity reached $714.5m, with only two transactions hitting the six-figure mark. Financings by diagnostics/research players totaled $985m and just six companies were acquired, four of which together were valued at $11.6bn, most coming from Thermo Fisher Scientific’s $11.5bn buy of fellow public life sciences company Qiagen NV.

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Deals Shaping The Medical Industry, May 2020

This month’s column covers deals announced in May 2020. Data provided by Biomedtracker

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