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mRNA: The Future Beyond COVID Vaccines
Messenger RNA (mRNA) prophylactic vaccines have made major breakthroughs in 2020 and 2021 with both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines gaining approval in more than 150 countries. These mRNA COVID vaccines have been developed much faster and with superior clinical profiles when compared to other more conventional modalities.
New Deals, Modalities In Sights In Japan After Relatively Quiet 2022
After a comparatively subdued 2022 in terms of M&A and other deal-making, a strengthening currency and interest in new areas such as digital tools and cell and gene therapy might see a rebound in activity this year, which should also see domestic approvals of several potential blockbusters and more support for bioventures.
Building The Pharma Supply Chain Of The Future
The worst of COVID-19’s disruption appears to be in the pharma supply chain’s rearview mirror, but logistics stakeholders still have a number of questions to answer and challenges to overcome as they attempt to become future-proof.
Pfizer Leads An Unusual Year For The Scrip 100
Pfizer catapulted back into the lead in the pharmaceutical rankings on the strength of COVID-19 revenues while BioNTech and Moderna both made the list for the first time.
Clinical Trials: Have We Finally Reached The New Normal?
Pent-up trial demand during 2020 plus trial modernization strategies yields bumper performance in 2021 as research priorities revert to pre-pandemic trends.
Merck KGaA Exec On Gearing For mRNA Prime Time, De-Risking Manufacturing
Benoit Opsomer, vice-president and head of bioprocessing, Asia Pacific, Merck Life Science, explains how recent targeted CDMO buyouts put the German group in pole position with services across the mRNA value chain, even as it supports global players such as BioNTech. Striking multi-country expansion of manufacturing footprint, including in China, is also underway amid rising demand for biopharma single-use assemblies.
Pfizer Reveals Secret Digital Sauce To Cut Trial Duration, MLR Review Times
How do you send 90,000 employees home and still bring a COVID-19 vaccine to market in record time? Pfizer showed the way and at a recent virtual event, senior vice-president Robert Brown revealed how the "secret sauce" of digitalization continues to help cut medical legal review times, crunch clinical trial duration and reduce service interruptions.
As COVID-19 Successes Fuel R&D, Efforts Focus On mRNA Optimization
In the third part of this special focus on mRNA manufacturing, In Vivo looks at the many directions mRNA platforms can expand, with a major focus on optimizing cellular microenvironments for safety and efficacy.
Challenges And Opportunities As mRNA Manufacturing Spreads Its Wings Beyond COVID-19 Vaccines
In the second part of In Vivo's series on mRNA manufacturing, we look at the technology behind the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. Experts in the field are working on a variety of improvements that will enable quicker, cheaper, surer development and production of what could turn out to be a wide array of vaccines and therapeutics to be churned out by emerging mRNA platforms.
Inflation, Supply Chain Headaches And Staffing Shortages: CEOs Talk About 'Big Picture' Challenges
Although procedure volumes have mostly recovered from the shock of COVID-19 two years ago, the effects of the pandemic on the medtech sector and the economy overall will be felt for years to come. In recent analyst and sales and earnings presentations, CEOs of major medtech companies faced questions about how their company is handling these major "macro" issues.
The Emergence Of A New Medicinal Platform: mRNA
In the first of a three-part series on the evolution of mRNA manufacturing, this article looks back to before the pandemic, when dogged mRNA researchers and entrepreneurs labored in obscurity pursuing the dream of revolutionizing healthcare by commandeering the body’s own protein building process to generate quicker, cheaper vaccines and therapeutics. Then the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines stunned the world.
Pfizer’s Paxlovid And The Murky World Of Rx Drug Communication
Pfizer social media announcement that it’s seeking full approval for the oral COVID antiviral raise questions about where the line is on promotion versus other communications, FDA’s ability to regulate pharma on social media, and the unique considerations of promotion under EUAs.
The Buck Stops Here: BD CEO Tom Polen On How To Make A Medtech Company Succeed
BD CEO Tom Polen is at the bottom of the pyramid – it’s where he wants to be and is best positioned to continue the company’s transition to focusing on high-growth spaces, as set out in the BD2025 strategy.
Funding The Future: Accelerating The Long Walk To Innovation
In Vivo spoke with two company creators working in the biotech industry about their strategies for seeking new science and their funding philosophy when building the biotechs of tomorrow.
CEO Snapshots From The MedTech Forum
Among the highlights of MedTech Europe’s annual MedTech Forum are the “unfiltered” views offered by company CEOs on the entire range of issues that influence decision-making or will have an impact on business operations in the near term.
Compassionate Use Programs In APAC: China Breaks The Ice
Compassionate use programs (CUP) are a developing field in Asian countries. In the majority of Asian states, the CU applies to Named-Patients Program (NPP). In the most countries, understanding of CUP for unapproved drugs is poor among the public, and even for professional communities.
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