BIO Reacts to Supreme Court opinion in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc.

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in  Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. As mentioned in our previous post on this case, the issue before the court was whether or not 1) international sales exhausted patent rights, and 2) if conditional restrictions on the sale of the patent by the […]

Fractyl Labs launches Revita DMR diabetic treatment study

Fractyl Laboratories said today it launched the Revita-2 clinical trial of its Revita DMR procedure in orally-treated type 2 diabetes patients with poorly controlled disease. The company said that it has enrolled the 1st patient in the trial at a European center participating in the study. The Revita DMR is a minimally invasive procedure designed to […]

Trump proposes deep cuts to Medicaid, NIH funding

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would slash Medicaid funding and cut support for major biomedical research programs at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The budget blueprint drew condemnation from healthcare advocates and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Senate majority whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) reportedly said earlier […]

Philips picks up airway clearance device dev RespirTech

Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) said today it inked a deal to acquire airway clearance solution developer RespirTech for an undisclosed amount. St. Paul, Minn.-based RespirTech was founded in 2004 and has approximately 210 employees. The company produces airway clearance devices for patients with chronic respiratory conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis. Philips said […]

Novartis’ Ultibro Breezhaler tops corticosteroid for COPD in head-to-head study

Novartis (NYSE:NVS) said today that a new analysis of its head-to-head Flame trial showed that inhaled corticosteroids may not be necessary in some chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients with high blood eosiophil counts. The data demonstrated that the company’s Ultibro Breezhaler provided better or similar benefits compared to Seretide, an inhaled corticosteroid, in COPD patients […]

Cerus lowers Intercept sales guidance after Fresenius Kabi supply snafu

‘Radiating Shoe Sales’ By: Vanessa Burrows Since the discovery of X-rays in the late 19th century, the technology has enhanced health care in a variety of ways. Like many cutting-edge scientific developments, however, it also has inspired uses of uncertain therapeutic value. That was the case with the shoe-fitting fluoroscope, the subject of the latest […]

Proteus, Otsuka take another run at FDA approval for Abilify-smart pill combo

‘Radiating Shoe Sales’ By: Vanessa Burrows Since the discovery of X-rays in the late 19th century, the technology has enhanced health care in a variety of ways. Like many cutting-edge scientific developments, however, it also has inspired uses of uncertain therapeutic value. That was the case with the shoe-fitting fluoroscope, the subject of the latest […]

Medical abbreviations: A language WNL

Patient A+0x3, ST with PVCs and PACs.  Lungs clear bilaterally with POX 98% on RA and SOB on exertion,  PPP, NPO after midnight. PERRLA. Normal BSx4 quadrants. Abd dressing C/D/I C scant amt of serosang drainage. MAE, SBA, and OOB as tolerated. BP WNL. NS infusing @75 ml/hr through RTL PICC, F/P. Reading medical charts […]

Bain Capital raises $720m life sciences fund

Bain Capital said today that it raised $720 million for its 1st investment fund focused exclusively on the life sciences sector. “We are excited by some of the long-term secular trends in the life sciences space,” Bain Capital Life Sciences managing director Adam Koppel said. “Big pharma is increasingly outsourcing R&D at the same time as many new […]

Symic Bio raises $30m for peripheral vein graft failure therapy

Symic Bio said yesterday that it raised $30 million in a Series B financing round, led by existing investors and HEDA Ventures. Funds from the round are slated to support the company’s clinical programs, including a drug designed to prevent peripheral vein graft failure, SB-030, and a therapy for pain management of osteoarthritis of the knee, […]