Life Sciences and Healthcare

Generics industry sets record for U.S. approvals, has ‘nothing to apologize for’

Download the full report. At the 2018 Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) annual meeting, experts highlighted the generic industry’s recent accomplishments while noting that many challenges lie ahead. On the positive side for the industry, as noted by Jeff Watson, chairman, president and COO of Apotex, a controversial rule change regarding generic drug labeling in […]

PolyPEPI-1018: A hopeful advance in the fight against cancer – and a milestone for us

Meet PolyPEPI-1018, a cancer vaccine being developed by Treos Bio Ltd. for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. PolyPEPI-1018 contains six synthetic polypeptides that are precisely selected to induce immune cell responses against 12 epitopes from seven cancer testis antigens (CTAs) most frequently expressed in colorectal cancers. These polypeptides are optimized with the PEPI biomarker […]

Point-of-use cleaning in the or: What does supply chain need to know?

Point-of-use cleaning, recommended by numerous industry organizations, is an OR process of rinsing instruments during the operation and preparing them for transportation to the decontamination area or sterile processing department after the procedure concludes. A number of industry organizations advise that all reusable instruments should be wiped—and any lumens flushed—with sterile water between uses during […]

Cancer, neurology, immune therapies drive continued robust pace of biopharma financings

2017 was recorded as the second highest financings year for the biopharmaceutical industry. High enthusiasm was demonstrated among investors who funneled about two-thirds of the money through public offerings. BioPharma Financings Reports, 15 separate analyses compiled by BioWorld and Clarivate Analytics focused on key therapeutic markets, found that in addition to cancer companies, firms working […]

The largest-ever listeria outbreak is occurring in South Africa: What is the source?

Current status An outbreak of listeria was declared in South Africa on Dec. 5, 2017. As of Jan. 17, 2018, up to 748 confirmed cases of listeriosis have been reported in the country, making it the world’s largest-ever listeria outbreak. Emerging as a simple flu-like illness, listeriosis may cause diarrhea, fever, general body pains, vomiting […]

Life sciences M&A deals in the fourth quarter of 2017: updates and trends

During the fourth quarter of 2017, Cortellis Deals Intelligence registered 122 new mergers and acquisitions (M&A) with a total disclosed deal value of $92.3 billion as part of its ongoing coverage of M&A activity in the life sciences sector compared to 121 and $30.1 billion in the third quarter and 111 and $22 billion in […]

Alzheimer’s disease – the disease without cure or prevention

This article is a Clarivate Analytics Market Insight report, an ongoing series featuring expert reviews of hot topics in the pharma/biotech field, with analysis and discussion on the factors currently affecting the industry. Data leveraged for this analysis was gathered from Clarivate Analytics Cortellis.   The unmet need The new year has seen major setbacks […]

Acorda and Sunovion: Coming to the “Rescue” in Parkinson’s Disease?

A core unmet need in Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a new way to address “off” time, a term that refers to the return of motor symptoms when a dose of levodopa (the standard of care in PD) wears off prematurely or doesn’t provide full therapeutic benefit. DRG’s epidemiologists estimate that as many as 40% of […]

Strategically designing worklists to assign accounts to staff

Productivity is a perennial area of focus for HBI members, and while monitoring accounts touched per hour (or another metric) is common, most leaders do not intend for numerical goals to detract from overall quality. In fact, low quality work often requires rework, which in turn decreases productivity. While not the only solution, assisting staff […]