The risk-reward balance in drug repurposing

Does drug repurposing overcome the hurdles and pitfalls in drug development? Having conducted several recent due diligence exercises in the repurposing space, we discuss the gems and the hidden...
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Gene Therapy: Suspending Vector Immunity and Facilitating Re-Dosing?

Vector immunity is currently a major limiting factor in gene therapy. In the first place, patients with pre-existing immunity may either be ineligible for treatment or may require extremely high...
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Pharmaceutical Patents: an overview

Protecting new treatments and innovations is critical for the drug developers. This presentation gives an overview of their history, background and the general process today to obtain one.   
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Moving beyond cancer: CAR-T therapy takes on autoimmune disease

It’s not untypical for an emerging cancer treatments to be dubbed “revolutionary” or “game-changing”, but stepping beyond cliché, chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (“CAR-T”) therapy can rightly be...
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Monetizing the microbiome

Based on some neat guesstimating1, the number of bacteria in the gut roughly equals the number of cells in our bodies, so it’s no surprise that such a substantial (around 200g in a 70kg adult) and...
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Pharma Valuations: When to Use Incidence and/or Prevalence

Many would agree that input assumptions are the most important part of a pharma or biotech portfolio valuation. Of these, one particularly critical assumption is the addressable patient population,...
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Summer in Paris: NASH Update

Title: Summer in Paris: NASH Update Author: Peter G. Traber, MD Date: 07/16/2019 The Paris NASH meeting was held July 11 and 12, 2019, subtitled as an “International Think Tank” and it certainly did...
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No Acceptable Surrogates for NASH Cirrhosis

Title: No Acceptable Surrogates for NASH Cirrhosis Author: Peter G. Traber, MD Date: 06/06/2019 The FDA released draft guidance on developing drugs for compensated NASH cirrhosis (Nonalcoholic...
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Therapy for NASH Cirrhosis is a Distant Hope

NASH is a chronic liver disorder that results in progressive fibrosis, ultimately culminating in some patients in liver cirrhosis. In cirrhosis, the fibrotic scar tissue distorts the normal liver...
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Is Gilead’s Selonsertib for NASH Dead?

Title: Is Gilead’s Selonsertib for NASH Dead? Author: Peter G. Traber, MD Date: 02/12/2019 Introduction The search for an effective therapy for NASH with advanced fibrosis/cirrhosis suffered a major...
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Orkambi UK - Sound and Fury

By Anthony Walker, PhD, Managing Partner There’s a lot of sound and fury about Orkambi in the UK. Following a rejection from NICE, Vertex and NHS England have not been able to reach terms and the...
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Why Every Biotech Needs a Scouting Function

Title: Why Every Biotech Needs a Scouting Function Author: Chris Owens, PhD What is asset scouting? Simply put, it is a search to identify and evaluate pharmaceutical assets or partners for...
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