02:43 , Jun 1, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Product Development

ASCO 2019 abstracts show solid tumor race heating up among bispecifics and CAR Ts

While strong progress in CAR T therapies will again feature at this year’s ASCO meeting, bispecific antibodies are having a moment -- making more inroads into solid tumors than CAR Ts and branching out via...
23:52 , May 30, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Emerging Company Profile

Aro delivers bispecifics, siRNAs where others can’t

A year after its launch, Susan Dillon and Karyn O’Neil’s Aro has begun to reveal details about how the J&J spinout’s Centyrins could form small bispecifics and stable siRNA therapies to penetrate hard-to-reach cancers. Therapies...
19:14 , May 20, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Clinical News

May 20 Clinical Quick Takes: Keytruda misses in TNBC; plus Medicines Co., Acadia, Takeda, Ocular

Keytruda fails in previously treated TNBC  Monotherapy with PD-1 inhibitor Keytruda pembrolizumab from Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) missed the primary endpoint of improving overall survival vs. physician’s choice of single agent chemotherapy in the...
00:03 , May 15, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Distillery Therapeutics

Inhibiting S1PR1 for neuropathic pain

DISEASE CATEGORY: Neurology INDICATION: Pain Rat and mouse studies suggest S1PR1 inhibitors or modulators could help treat neuropathic pain. In a rat model of neuropathic pain, astrocyte-specific knockout of S1PR1 in the CNS or intrathecal...
00:21 , May 3, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Product Development

With a deal and a debut, targeted oligo delivery gets a boost from ADCs

The marriage of antibody-drug conjugates and oligonucleotides won two votes of confidence last month with a deal between Lilly and Avidity, and the debut of Atlas-backed Dyne Therapeutics. The approach promises delivery of oligos to...
21:58 , Apr 26, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Product Development

Rise of the independents, biotechs go to market

While product launch and commercialization has largely been the province of big biotech and big pharma, with smaller companies partnering to get their products over the finish line, BioCentury’s analysis of recent FDA approvals finds...
19:57 , Apr 16, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Distillery Therapeutics

WRN inhibition for four cancer types with microsatellite instability

DISEASE CATEGORY: Cancer INDICATION: Colorectal cancer; endometrial cancer; gastric cancer; ovarian cancer Cell culture and mouse studies suggest inhibiting WRN could help treat colorectal, ovarian, endometrial and gastric cancers with microsatellite instability. In over 500...
02:22 , Apr 5, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Tools & Techniques

Second shot for shRNA

Having long been demoted to tool compound status, shRNA is gaining renewed attention as a therapeutic modality by offering a simpler path to creating next-generation cell therapies than gene editing. Celyad has jumped in, using...
02:21 , Mar 29, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Targets & Mechanisms

AACR moves in a myeloid direction

Myeloid cells are showing up everywhere at this year’s AACR conference, suggesting the research community is rapidly expanding the ways it can harness the cell types to improve cancer immunotherapy responses. One of those ways...
17:48 , Mar 28, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Translation in Brief

Tuning metabolism in liver organoids

An Alnylam-MIT collaboration has used RNAi technology to tune enzyme expression in hepatocyte-based organoids to better model drug metabolism during tox screens. The collaboration with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY) built on a series of papers...