01:09 , Aug 23, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Targets & Mechanisms

New targets in osteoarthritis are about more than just pain

New biological insights and increased recognition from FDA are transforming osteoarthritis from a testing ground for new pain therapies into its own high-priority indication. At least two mechanisms with disease-modifying potential for osteoarthritis (OA) have...
00:03 , Aug 9, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Financial News

ORIC raises $55M to fund trials in drug-resistant cancers

With a $55 million series D round and recent hires from Ignyta and Genentech, ORIC believes it has the money and the team to advance multiple drug-resistant cancer therapies through clinical studies. ORIC Pharmaceuticals Inc....
21:28 , Jul 19, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Preclinical News

July 19 Preclinical Quick Takes: Samumed's Alzheimer's candidate; plus a CRISPR RNA editing tool, new targets for fibrosis and pain

Samumed's Alzheimer's candidate reduces tau pathology, inflammation  Samumed LLC (San Diego, Calif.) reported in an Aging Cell paper that SM07883 reduced tau phosphorylation, pathological tau aggregates, neuroinflammation, weight loss and mortality in a mouse model...
00:16 , Jul 19, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Tools & Techniques

A mark up for RNA epigenetics

As a field, RNA epigenetics is still in its infancy, though picking up pace as researchers translate lab findings to drug development. Two papers straddling academia and industry provide a new quantitative method that can...
00:38 , Jun 21, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Tools & Techniques

A human CRISPR-like system adds a new approach to regulating translation

A new system modeled on CRISPR and made entirely of human proteins is the latest strategy to intervene in gene control at the RNA translation level. The technology could bring higher levels of precision and...
22:15 , Jun 17, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

Trial data suggest 80% of Zynteglo patients could meet milestones in outcomes-based pricing model

The most recent long-term data for bluebird bio's Zynteglo β thalassemia gene therapy show that about 80% of patients could hit payment milestones based on details the biotech disclosed about its outcomes-based pricing model on...
22:17 , May 24, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Preclinical News

May 24 Preclinical Quick Takes: Baker-Garcia team controls cytokine receptor signaling; plus data from Surface, Innate, Moderna and Lyvgen

Cytokine mimics permit control of dimer receptor signaling  David Baker and Christopher Garcia's University of Washington-Stanford University team has created cytokine mimetics -- symmetric compounds for tunable control of cytokine receptor signaling. In a proof-of-concept...
19:17 , May 15, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Translation in Brief

Optimizing base editors to reduce RNA edits

Two Beam co-founders, Keith Joung and David Liu, have separately optimized CRISPR-guided base editors to reduce off-target RNA editing, which, along with unwanted DNA edits, is an emerging problem for the gene engineering tools. Beam...
01:01 , May 7, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Distillery Techniques

Expression of multigene panels in CNS cell types as markers of early AD

TECHNIQUES CATEGORY: Biomarkers TECHNOLOGY: Gene profiling; tissue markers Gene expression profiling in neurons, oligodendrocytes, microglia and other CNS cell types could help diagnose early Alzheimer's disease. In post-mortem prefrontal cortex samples AD patient and unaffected...
19:25 , May 6, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Distillery Therapeutics

ADORA2A identified as a thrombosis target

DISEASE CATEGORY: Cardiovascular INDICATION: Thrombosis Cell culture and mouse studies suggest agonizing ADORA2A could help treat thrombosis. In primary human and mouse neutrophils treated with IgG from patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), which is associated...