CALL FOR HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19! BUSINESSES UNITE TO SUPPLY 15,000 FACE VISORS A DAY TO NHS
A growing group of businesses is urgently calling for more companies to join its initiative to put in place an end-to-end supply chain for desperately needed protective face visors for NHS and other workers in the fight against COVID-19. The group aims to achieve volumes of approx. 15,000 units/day.
Leading device design consultancies Cambridge Consultants, PA Consulting, Sagentia, Team Consulting and TTP , with industrial assistance from MetLase, have joined forces to answer the UK government's call for the rapid development and manufacture of vital ventilators for patients suffering with severe symptoms of COVID-19.
Canadian biotech company IMV has made impressively rapid, solid progress on the development of a vaccine candidate against the novel coronavirus, using its lipid-based vaccine delivery platform, DPX. New developments in just two weeks include, include: initiation of peptide candidate manufacturing, cGMP scale-up plans, preclinical models/assays; and Phase I clinical trial design completed, with discussions with Health Canada already underway also.
In its COVID-19 announcement, Ximedica has confirmed that its manufacturing facility remains open under the “essential service” classification and that is focusing on US national efforts to help address the challenges surrounding ventilator and PPE supplies. It also highlighted its core strength in engineering, with more than 200 engineers who have established several highly effective means of remote collaboration.
Oramed Pharmaceuticals Highlights Potential Suitability of its Platform Technology for COVID-19 Vaccine
The US FDA has granted “Expanded Access Emergency Use” to Vero Biotech immediately to use its proprietary inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) delivery system, GENOSYL DS, in the treatment of cardiopulmonary symptoms associated with COVID-19. The agency recently approved GENOSYL (NO) gas, for inhalation for the treatment of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn.
N4 demonstrating utility of Nuvec® vaccine delivery system in COVID-19 vaccines using COVID-19 DNA plasmid
Springboard is now offering: design reviews / risk assessments of COVID-19 related medical devices at no charge; answering ad hoc requests for advice on devices relevant to COVID-19 at no charge; device development expertise, including a willingness to tackle short term projects on a not-for profit basis; submission of services to the UK Gov call for businesses to help make NHS ventilators.
The world, and our industry with it, has entered an unfamiliar and difficult period. I would like to take this opportunity to update you on how ONdrugDelivery can and will continue to provide its services uninterrupted, and tell you about some specific initiatives we're launching to help our readers, authors and clients across the global industry.
Pion has offered its analytical services
pro bono to assist in the development of vaccines and therapeutics for use in the fight against COVID-19. Its Scissor SubCutaneous Injection Site Simulator assays "simulate the stress conditions and environmental transitions of a biopharmaceutical drug when injected SC".
John Cahill, Director, Senior Consultant, Quality & Compliance, PharmaLex Ireland, provides an update on the status of several COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutic development programmes, emphasising the considerable efforts being made by industry, regulatory agencies and others, to accelerate development in what is normally, due to the need for stringent regulation, a notoriously slow-moving sector.
Windtree Therapeutics plans a pilot study to assess its KL4 surfactant's ability to impact key respiratory parameters in ventilated COVID-19 patients. The COVID-19 virus infects the specific cells that make pulmonary surfactant and is believed to result in inadequate levels of functional surfactant.
eTheRNA launches international consortium, starts development of cross-strain protective CoV-2 mRNA vaccine
Catalent has noted that many governments of the countries where it operates have recognised its work as essential meaning all Catalent operating facilities remain open. The company also said it was working with several customers on COVID-related antivirals, vaccines, and treatments for symptoms and effects of the disease.
With precision metal components being used in inhalers & similar devices, Advanex acknowledges critical role in supply chain
Elcam Medical facilities Recognised by local authorities as essential, enabling continuation of production
For 2020, RDD is going digital. The organisers, focused on quality, have committed to providing delegates a digital conference venue open 24/7 with the following features: Digital Auditorium; Digital Platinum Sponsor Sessions; Digital Scientific Poster Session; Posters on the Digital Podium; Digital Exhibition; Digital Networking; Digital Library; Digital Personal Proceedings.
Lexaria Bioscience Expands Pharma Division for development of Lipophilic Antivirals against COVID-19
ACG has released a letter to its customers in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and reaffirmed its commitment to providing uninterrupted supply of its products and services, and factories in all locations around the world are working at full capacity. ACG has also ensured the supply of its own raw materials for many months.
Stevanato guarantees primary packaging supplies for pharma glass containers and integrated medical device solutions
Synairgen has announced that it has received expedited approvals from the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Health Research Authority (HRA) to conduct a trial of SNG001 (inhaled formulation of interferon-beta-1a) in COVID-19 patients to assist with the global outbreak of the virus.
MannKind Corporation is adjusting R&D resources that were reserved for its pipeline of investigational products for treating serious lung diseases, with the goal of prioritising work on new compounds that may have the potential to address the morbidity and mortality associated with respiratory viral infections, such as COVID-19.
Insmed implements corporate initiatives in response to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) global pandemic including a remote working policy to allow infectious disease specialists and pulmonologists to focus on treating patients and containing the virus. Arikares trainers will now offer remote training and onboarding for patients who initiate treatment with ARIKAYCE.