The Dish’s Weekly Biotechnology News Wrap Up – June 24, 2016

By on June 24, 2016
Weekly Biotechnology News Wrap Up – June 24

This week’s biotechnology news headlines include, remembering Dr. Jonas Salk, Novartis aims to almost triple biosimilar drugs on the market, FDA releases new draft guidance on bioequivalence studies, NIH to review first human use of CRISPR/Cas9 technology, Inovio Pharma to test Zika vaccine in human trial, and Merck’s Keytruda prolongs life in large lung cancer study.

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“Dr. Jonas Salk and the Continuing Battle Against Polio,” The New York Times

“Scientists racing to develop a vaccine against Zika virus disease this summer may be hoping for results like those of Dr. Jonas Salk, creator of the first successful vaccine against poliomyelitis. Dr. Salk died on this day in 1995 at the age of 80, decades after the polio vaccine he developed helped vanquish the deadly, paralyzing disease throughout much of the world.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “Ensuring Removal of Residual Enzymes in Biomanufacturing – Trypsin and Collagenase

“Novartis aims to nearly triple biosimilar drugs on market by 2020,” Reuters

“Switzerland’s Novartis pledged to nearly triple its number of biosimilar drugs on the market by 2020, raising its bet that cheaper versions of blockbuster cancer and immune system medicines will snatch billions in rivals’ profits.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “Cool Tool – Clarification using Acoustic Wave Separation offers Advantages including -Continuous Process Solution

“FDA Offers New Draft Guidance on Bioequivalence Studies for 19 Generics, 19 Revisions,” Regulatory Focus

“The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released 38 new and revised draft guidance documents for drugmakers looking to begin research and development for new generics, including for some blockbuster drugs that have not yet lost patent protection.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “Gene Therapy Strengthened by Recent Successes”

“NIH to review first human use of CRISPR gene editing,” BioCentury

“NIH’s Office of Science Policy said the agency’s Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet June 21-22 to discuss a proposed Phase I trial using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing as part of a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy. NIH said the study would be the first human use of CRISPR/Cas9 technology.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “Cell Flask Adapters Can Streamline the Cell Culturing Process

“Inovio Pharma gets green signal to test Zika vaccine in human trial,” Reuters

“Drug developer Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc and its partner GeneOne Life Sciences Inc said they had received approval from U.S. regulators to start an early stage human trial testing their Zika vaccine.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “Cool Tool – Off the Shelf Optimized CHO Media and Feed

“Cerus Wins Up-to-$180.5M BARDA Contract,” Genetic Engineering News

“Cerus said it has inked an up to $180.5 million agreement with the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to support the company’s clinical development program for pathogen reduction of red blood cell (RBC) components.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “New Poster: Proving Clonality – A Documented Clonality Report for Regulatory Submission

“Merck’s Keytruda prolongs life in big lung-cancer study,” Reuters

“Advanced lung cancer patients who took Merck & Co’s Keytruda immuno-oncology medicine in a large trial and were previously untreated went longer without their disease worsening and showed a survival advantage over those given standard chemotherapy, the drugmaker said on Thursday.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “Cell Culture and Single Cell Passaging of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Without the Need for ROCK Inhibitor

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