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Title: No Acceptable Surrogates for NASH Cirrhosis Author: Peter G. Traber, MD Date: 06/06/2019 The FDA released draft guidance on developing drugs for compensated NASH cirrhosis (Nonalcoholic...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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microRNAs as drug targets

microRNAs as drug targets Saadia Basharat, PhD, Senior Consultant microRNAs (miRNA) are small noncoding RNAs that regulate the expression of multiple target genes by either blocking the translation...
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Infographic: Britain crashes out of favor with US pharmaceutical executives

Britain crashes out of favor with US pharmaceutical executives The biotech industry is a pillar of the knowledge economy, with governments around the world investing heavily to attract capital and...
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NASH Surprises and Interpretation of Clinical Trials

Title: NASH Surprises and Interpretation of Clinical Trials Author: Peter G. Traber, MD Introduction 2019 will usher in a new chapter in NASH drug development with data reported on the first phase 3...
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