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University of Freiburg spin-off with strong preclinical evidence for significant breakthrough in curing prostate cancer

FREIBURG, Germany, 1-Jul-2021 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer. According to the American Cancer Association, 1 in every 8 men will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. In 2018 around 1.2 million men were diagnosed and there were 360,000 deaths. In Europe alone, 450,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. But there could be a cure on the horizon.

B66, a new company in Germany and a spin-off from the University of Freiburg, Germany, has strong preclinical evidence that its research has made a significant breakthrough after 6 years of dedicated work. Professors Roland Schule, Manfred Jung and Dr Eric Metzger have pioneered research into inhibitors of the histone methyltransferase KMT9 that controls the growth of castration and enzalutamide resistant prostate tumours. These small molecular inhibitors are superior to current state-of-the-art Gold Standard drugs in preclinical models. This new treatment has the prospect of increasing survival in the normally fatal outcome of castration-resistant prostate cancer and becoming the universal therapeutic agent. In addition, the research team’s work shows that their new therapeutic agent has potentials in other cancers including colorectal, breast, bladder and the biggest of all killers, lung cancer.

Professor Roland Schule, one of the B66 founders, and a professor of Biochemistry in the University Medical Centre of Freiburg said “Our findings and approach to treatment is far in advance of anything that is going on in the world at the moment.”

Fellow founder, Professor Manfred Jung, added “many cancer treatments cause damage to the patient’s normal cells but the B66 inhibitor does not target normal cells indicating that our treatment will have minimum side effects”.

Although focused on prostate cancer right now, the B66 team’s long-term objective is to create a world-class development platform that will work on the defeat of many other types of cancer. The Freiburg region, thanks to the University, is a unique centre of leading medical knowledge. B66 will expand their work and draw in some of the skilled scientists from the area to help them work towards building a leading medical development hub.

The B66 team is already seeking commercial partners in order to forward their breakthrough work and advance as quickly as possible to defeat this major cancer.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Het DBLG1-algoritme: eenvoudige installatie, gebruiksvriendelijk, ontworpeyyn voor elk diabetes type 1 profiel

PARIJS, 2-Jun-2021 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — Vanaf het begin heeft Diabeloop innovatieve systemen ontwikkeld om de behandeling van diabetes type 1 te automatiseren en te personaliseren, waarbij altijd rekening wordt gehouden met de optiek van de patiënt. Het Franse bedrijf streeft ernaar autonomie te geven aan mensen die met diabetes type 1 leven en tegelijkertijd de gebruikerservaring te optimaliseren zodat behandeling van diabetes eenvoudiger en minder ingrijpend is. Het DBLG1-algoritme biedt een bevredigende, geautomatiseerde en gepersonaliseerde ervaring met minimale input van de patiënt.

DBLG1: eenvoudige installatie, gebruiksvriendelijk, ontworpen voor elk diabetes type 1 profiel

De zware mentale last op de schouders van mensen met diabetes type 1 verlichten, begint in de eerste fasen van de ervaring met DBLG1. Gebruikers hoeven maar 4 gegevens in te voeren in het allernieuwste DBLG1-algoritme voor een veilige, geautomatiseerde en gepersonaliseerde insuline-afgifte. In de opzetfase voeren gebruikers van DBLG1 hun lichaamsgewicht in, hun totale dagelijkse insulinedosis (TDD), hun gebruikelijke maaltijden (in grammen koolhydraten) en hun basale insulinebehoefte (alleen voor open-loop). Voor het Diabeloop-algoritme zijn geen ingewikkelde berekeningen nodig. Gebruikers hoeven hun maaltijdratio niet uit te zoeken, noch hun insuline gevoeligheidsfactor noch hun insuline actiecurve.

De 4 gegevens die de patiënt in de beginfase invoert, zijn voldoende voor het DBLG1 zelflerend algoritme om te functioneren, te berekenen en de insulinedosis zo nodig elke vijf minuten aan te passen.

“We hebben het DBLG1-algoritme zo ontworpen dat het zo eenvoudig mogelijk in gebruik is voor mensen met diabetes type 1 en gebruikers tegelijkertijd de gelegenheid hebben bepaalde parameters nauwkeuriger in te stellen afhankelijk van hun specifieke behoeften en/of leefstijl. Het algoritme houdt automatisch rekening met eventuele wijzigingen die mensen invoeren. Het DBLG1-algoritme optimaliseert de werking automatisch zonder dat de patiënt hier iets voor hoeft te doen. Wijzigingen verlopen op die manier heel soepel en worden vrijwel “onzichtbaar” voor de gebruikers van het systeem“ – vertelde Yousra Tourki, Head of Algorithms Design bij Diabeloop.

Naast de eerste input biedt het DBLG1 System ook de mogelijkheid aan mensen die met diabetes type 1 leven om de behandeling en beheersing van hun diabetes nauwkeurig in te stellen met behulp van aanpasbare instellingen zoals de agressiviteit van het algoritme, de grenswaarden van hypo’s en hypers en de streefwaarde van de glucosespiegel.

Nicole Wetzels, Trainer voor Roche Diabetes Care in Nederland en gebruikster van het DBLG1 System met Accu-Check Insight, vertelt: “Ik leef al meer dan 42 jaar met diabetes type 1 en ben een paar maanden geleden begonnen met het gebruik van het DBLG1 System met een Accu-Chek insulinepomp. De opzet was heel eenvoudig: de batterij in het apparaat doen, de handset opladen en maar 4 parameters invoeren. Het invoeren van een maaltijd is een van de weinige dingen die ik zelf moet doen en ook dat is heel simpel! Maar ik heb tevens de mogelijkheid het systeem te personaliseren door bepaalde instellingen aan te passen zoals de streefwaarde van de glucosespiegel of de grenswaarden voor de hypo … Met hele kleine acties heb ik hele goede resultaten. Dankzij dit AID-systeem hoef ik niet meer de hele dag bezig te zijn met het beheersen en behandelen van mijn diabetes. Het is net of mijn diabetes type 1 op vakantie is!”

DBLG1 AID-systeem: minimale input van de patiënt nodig

Om de bruikbaarheid van het DBLG1 System te beoordelen heeft Diabeloop een wetenschappelijk onderzoek uitgevoerd op basis van reële gegevens afkomstig uit de klinisch proef (1) die vóór de lancering vanhet systeem is gerealiseerd. Het doel was het analyseren van het aantal instellingswijzingen door mensen die het systeem in het dagelijkse leven gebruiken. In de eerste week dat patiënten het DBLG1 System gebruikten, voerden ze gemiddeld slechts 1.6 instellingswijzigingen uit (± 2.3), en maar 0.2 wijziging (± 0.5) in de laatste week van de proef na 11 weken gebruik.

De belangrijkste conclusie is dat in het dagelijkse leven, wanneer de gebruikers zich niet in een beheerste omgeving bevinden zonder specifieke medische follow-up en/of aanbevelingen voor instellingswijzigingen van hun zorgteam, de mensen uitgerust met het DBGL1 System minimale aanpassingen hoeven uit te voeren om te profiteren van een bevredigende, geautomatiseerde en gepersonaliseerde diabetesbehandeling.

Verdere wetenschappelijke analyse (2) toont de gebruiksvriendelijkheid aan van het Automated Insulin Delivery-systeem van Diabeloop. Deze analyse gaf aan dat in de eerste week, 50% van de mensen die het DBLG1 System gebruikten, geen instellingswijzigingen uitvoerden. Bovendien wijzigden meer dan 85% van de mensen uitgerust met het systeem geen enkele instelling gedurende de 8ste week van gebruik.

Dit bevestigt dat het zelflerend algoritme van Diabeloop vanaf de beginfase de behandeling van diabetes type 1 optimaliseert en minimale input van de patiënt nodig heeft om de vereiste ondersteuning te bieden.

Bernhard Gehr, arts en diabetoloog, Centrum voor Diabetes en Metabole ziekten, gespecialiseerde kliniek m&i Fachklinik Bad Heilbrunn, licht toe: “Ik gebruik het DBLG1 System met de Accu-Chek Insight insulinepomp. De opzet en de eerste handelingen zijn zeer eenvoudig. De eenvoud van de gebruikersinterface maakt snelle en makkelijke invoer van de benodigde informatie mogelijk. Ik ben echt onder de indruk van de prestaties van het DBLG1 System. Vanaf de eerste dag had ik een goede controle over mijn stofwisseling. Ik heb veel meer gemoedsrust aangezien ik veel minder aan mijn diabetes hoef te denken! Dit systeem vereist minder tot vrijwel geen micromanagement van mijn behandeling. Ik was aangenaam verrast over hoe goed het algoritme tijdens de eerste nacht functioneerde, met zo weinig input in de beginfase.”

Met DBLG1 beheersen mensen hun eigen diabetesbehandeling

Het DBLG1 System is gebruiksvriendelijk en kan gepersonaliseerd worden zodat mensen die met diabetes leven verschillende instellingen kunnen beheersen.

In het dagelijkse leven biedt het DBLG1 System mensen de mogelijkheid de aan te passen zodat insuline-afgifte bijgesteld wordt om een hypo of hyper te voorkomen. Een van de onderzoeken (3) van Diabeloop, gepresenteerd op ATTD 2021, onthulde dat een daling van de glucosespiegel streefwaarde over het algemeen een vergelijkbare daling van de gemiddelde glucospiegel tot gevolg heeft. Bijvoorbeeld, -10% van de glucosespiegel streefwaarde leidt tot -10% van de gemiddelde glucosespiegel.

In overeenstemming met de missie van Diabeloop om de zware mentale last op de schouders van mensen met diabetes type 1 te verlichten en hen een ongestoord leven te bieden, bevat het systeem een Zen-modus, ontwikkeld op basis van de ervaringen van patiënten. Deze modus verhoogt tijdelijk de doelwaarde van de bloedsuikerspiegel: om rustig naar de bioscoop te gaan of een vergadering bij te wonen zonder een verstorende hypoglykemie en de bijbehorende waarschuwingssignalen, kunnen gebruikers de Zen-modus aanzetten zodat hun glucosespiegel tijdelijk en voor een door hen ingestelde tijd verhoogd wordt.

Een persoon die het DBLG1 System met Accu-Check Insight insulinepomp gebruikt, vertelde: “Zen-modus is voor al die momenten waarop je je “veiliger” wil voelen: tijdens het autorijden, op school, tijdens een examen.”

Een wetenschappelijk onderzoek (4) geleid door Diabeloop en gepresenteerd op ATTD 2021, toonde aan dat 90 minuten na de activering van de Zen-modus, de impact op de gemiddelde glucosespiegel gestabiliseerd was zonder de hyperglykemie te verlengen.

De conclusie is dat, voor een tijd die door de patiënt wordt bepaald, de Zen-modus de gebruikers uit een hypo houdt en tevens een hyper voorkomt. De Zen-modus leidt tot een lichte verhoging van de gemiddelde glykemie met een zeer beperkte impact op de time-in-range.

Het eenvoudige gebruik van het DBLG1 zelflerend algoritme draagt bij tot een ongecompliceerde diabetesbehandeling en haalt een mentale last van de schouders van mensen die leven met deze chronische ziekte zodat ze ongestoord kunnen leven!

SOURCE: EuropaWire

URSAPHARM and CEBINA collaborating to repurpose the antihistamine drug azelastine hydrochloride as a potential anti-SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic

SAARBRÜCKEN / VIENNA, 17-Feb-2021 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — In the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a large number of pharmaceutical companies are looking for new approaches to combat the pandemic. In addition to vaccines, intensive research and development efforts around the world are focusing on identifying new anti-COVID therapeutics that includes re-evaluation of existing product portfolios with a view to re-purpose drugs that have antiviral properties.

With this goal in mind, URSAPHARM Arzneimittel GmbH, based in Saarbrücken, and the Vienna-based biotech company CEBINA GmbH (Central European Biotech Incubator and Accelerator) are collaborating to repurpose the antihistamine drug azelastine hydrochloride as a potential anti-SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic. Azelastine has been successfully used for many years in anti-allergic therapy.

Starting with a novel computational drug repurposing prediction method, developed and performed by Prof Dr Robert Konrat (University of Vienna), CEBINA selected already approved active substances for experimental testing in collaboration with Prof Dr. Ferenc Jakab (Virology National Laboratory, Szentágothai-Research-Center, University of Pécs, Hungary). This collaborative effort led to the identification of azelastine as a potent antiviral compound effective against SARS-CoV-2, a finding confirmed by now by several independent research groups. The potent anti-SARS-CoV-2 activity of azelastine was demonstrated in a reconstituted human nasal tissue model and was evident at a lower dose than present in commercially available nasal sprays [1].

A clinical trial has started on February 16th 2021 to verify whether the use of a nasal spray preparation containing azelastine can achieve a reduction in viral load in the the nasal cavity. The aim of the study is to show whether the anti-allergic medication Pollival® Nasal Spray, or a diluted version, can achieve a reduction in the viral load, therefore reducing transmission and positively influencing the course of the disease.

If positive results of the running clinical studies are demonstrated, URSAPHARM Arzneimittel GmbH and CEBINA GmbH believe this will be an important new approach to control viral spread and contain the current pandemic.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Palette Life Sciences unveils 4 international sites for its Deflux online presence

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. / STOCKHOLM, 27-Oct-2020 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — Palette Life Sciences, a fully integrated global life sciences company dedicated to improving patient outcomes, today introduced valuable new online resources for healthcare providers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. By expanding its Deflux online presence to international audiences, Palette Life Sciences demonstrates its commitment to supporting the global paediatric community.

Deflux.fr is a French-language resource for healthcare providers in France. Deflux.com/de is a German-language site serving practitioners in Germany. Deflux.com/es and Deflux.it are English-language sites serving physicians in Spain and Italy respectively. These new sites offer best-in-class online resources, important information and education about VUR, including symptoms, causes, risk factors and treatment options, such as Deflux®. All of the European sites provide physicians with access to the global Deflux Learning Center, a leading education platform that features information and training for paediatric urologists and their peers who treat VUR. The Deflux Learning Center includes clinical articles, educational videos, webinars, brochures, downloadable tools and The PedSpace podcast series, created for and presented by paediatric urology healthcare professionals.

The Deflux Learning Center for each respective country also provides downloadable educational materials for parents and caregivers managing children with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR).

“My personal long-term experience with Deflux has proven its effectiveness and safety in reducing VUR and preventing UTI recurrence in patients who fail medical management, thus avoiding use of long-term antibiotics. It is my hope that the new website initiative, which includes helpful resources for physicians, will help raise awareness of this treatment option in patients with primary VUR, troubled by recurrent febrile UTIs,” said Dr. Marie-Klaire Farrugia, Consultant Paediatric Urologist and Service Lead for Paediatric Surgery at Chelsea & Westminster and Imperial College Hospitals.

“We are excited to offer these new online resources to the healthcare community in France, Germany, Italy and Spain,” said Rich Low, Head of Marketing at Palette Life Sciences. “We are confident they will benefit the global paediatric urology ecosystem and serve as valuable resources by providing critical information and access to educational resources through the Deflux Learning Center.”

SOURCE: EuropaWire

ShigETEC vaccine candidate has the potential to have a major impact on diarrheal diseases

VIENNA, 24-Sep-2020 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — Eveliqure Biotechnologies GmbH, an Austrian biotechnology company, today announces the initiation of clinical testing for its ShigETEC vaccine candidate, with the dosing of the first subject in a Phase 1 safety and immunogenicity study in Europe. ShigETEC is an orally administered vaccine candidate targeting Shigella and Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC), two of the major pathogens responsible for diarrhoeal diseases in travelers to endemic countries, as well as a major threat to children living in low- and middle- income countries.

Currently no effective vaccines against these two pathogens exist and previous attempts to develop vaccines against Shigella and ETEC have failed. Eveliqure has employed a radically innovative approach based on a live attenuated Shigella vaccine strain rationally designed to provide broad, serotype independent protection against both Shigella and ETEC, and is developing the vaccine for both travelers to endemic countries and for children living in resource-poor countries. Following this initial Phase 1 study run in Hungary, further clinical development of ShigETEC will include Phase 1 testing in non-endemic adults, immune characterization of vaccine responses, vaccine formulation studies and clinical testing of ShigETEC in the pediatric population in resource poor-countries. These activities are supported by the EU-funded SHIGETECVAX international consortium of world-leading vaccine organizations – the European Vaccine Initiative, Eveliqure Biotechnologies, University of Gothenburg, icddr,b and PATH.

“Entering clinical development with ShigETEC marks a major milestone for Eveliqure, culminating from our extensive preclinical work performed over the past five years” – commented Gábor Somogyi, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of Eveliqure. “We believe that ShigETEC has the potential to reduce the burden of diarrhoeal diseases for travellers, while also saving hundreds of thousands of children in endemic areas of the world”.

“Initiating the Phase 1 study for ShigETEC in adult volunteers is a crucial step towards establishing safety and immunogenicity of our vaccine candidate, and will help us define a well-tolerated, and effective schedule of dosing for our planned Phase 2 human challenge studies”. – commented Frank Malinoski MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer of Eveliqure.

Compared to single pathogen approaches, ShigETEC has the potential to have a major impact on diarrheal diseases, protecting both travelers to the developing world and children in endemic populations.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Palette Life Sciences unveils an online resource aimed at paediatric urologists, parents and caregivers in the UK dealing with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR)

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF., U.S.A. / STOCKHOLM SWEDEN, 4-Aug-2020 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — Palette Life Sciences, a fully integrated global life sciences company dedicated to improving patient outcomes, today announced the launch of Deflux.com/UK as part of its global expansion. Deflux.com/UK is a best-in-class online resource developed specifically for healthcare practitioners in the United Kingdom, as well as parents and caregivers managing children with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR). VUR, sometimes referred to as urinary or bladder reflux, is a serious paediatric urinary condition in which urine flows from the bladder through one or both ureters toward the kidneys.

Deflux.com/UK features important information about VUR, including symptoms, causes, risk factors and treatment options, such as Deflux®. Comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA) and dextranomer polysaccharides to form a gel, Deflux is a minimally invasive biocomopatible treatment for VUR. Endoscopic treatment with Deflux takes about 15 minutes in a day procedure setting, and generally allows the child to go back to normal activities the next day.

Deflux.com/UK also provides physicians with access to the Deflux Learning Center, a leading global education platform that features information and training for paediatric urologists and their peers who treat VUR as well as other paediatric urology conditions. The Deflux Learning Center includes clinical articles, educational videos and webinars, brochures, downloadable tools and The PedSpace podcast series, created for and presented by paediatric urology healthcare professionals.

“Deflux is an effective, minimally-invasive treatment option that many caregivers simply aren’t aware of,” said Dr. Marie-Klaire Farrugia, Consultant Paediatric Urologist and Clinical Director for Paediatric Surgery at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. “My personal long-term experience with Deflux has proven its effectiveness and safety in reducing VUR and preventing UTI recurrence, thus avoiding use of long-term antibiotics. It is my hope that the new website initiative, which includes helpful resources for both physicians and caregivers, will help raise awareness and utilisation of this treatment option.”

“The entire Palette commercial team is excited to launch Deflux.com/UK, which we believe will help elevate the standard of care for VUR patients in the UK,” said Rich Low, Head of Marketing, Palette Life Sciences. “Deflux.com/UK will serve as a truly valuable resource for caregivers, providing critical information to paediatric urology healthcare professionals through the Deflux Learning Center, and to caregivers, connecting them to highly-trained specialists who provide high quality care.”

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Palette Life Sciences expands distribution network across Europe

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN / SANTA BARBARA, CALIF., USA, 15-Jun-2020 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — Palette Life Sciences, a fully integrated global life sciences company dedicated to improving patient outcomes, today announced global distribution expansion for two of Palette’s products, Deflux and Solesta. The expansion provides commercial access to more than 20 countries through five distributors around the globe, while adding direct sales in four additional countries: Cyprus, Greece, Hungary and Portugal.

KEBOMED, a leading European distributor of medical devices and equipment, will distribute the products in France, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. Stratarium Sarl, will commercialize the products in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Switzerland leveraging their urology focused subsidiary, RA DistributionCJ Medical, a UK-based distributor of innovative technologies specializing in surgical and medical devices, will distribute the products in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Grifols, one of the leading companies in the production and sale of plasma-derived medicines and a top distributor of a broad range of products within their country will cover Spain, and GP Dermal, a specialist with deep ties across urology and pediatric call points will serve as the distributor in Italy and Malta.

“This enhanced distribution network allows Palette to ensure our customer and patient needs are adequately met across Europe,” said James Leech, Head of Corporate Development at Palette Life Sciences. “We have selected strong partners with deep experience and relationships in the urology and pediatric setting who will help us serve the product and education needs of physicians and hospitals. Palette and its network of partners are making significant investments within local markets to improve physician access to Palette resources, best management and treatment practices, and renewed product training.”

For more information or to place an order, please contact a Palette Life Sciences representative at eusales@palettelifesciences.com. Contact information for product orders or inquires by distributor are as follows:

KEBOMED: ordre@kebomed.dk
Stratarium Sarl: deflux-solesta@stratarium.com
CJ Medical: office@cjmedical.com
Grifols: jose.sagales@grifols.com
GP Dermal: luigi.galandini@gpdermal.com

SOURCE: EuropaWire

American Hemp Processing To Roll Out Mobile Extraction Units

Sacramento, California, 2019-Dec-10 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — American Hemp Processing (AHP) is excited to announce the design completion of their Mobile Hemp Extraction Unit (MEHU). This is a key step in AHP’s expansion to increase production to 400,000lbs of hemp per month that will be completed 1st quarter 2020. The mobility of the MEHU reduces overall processing costs, mitigates many of the risks associated to transportation, and increases transparency with farmers.

The MHEU units bring significant benefits to the farmer from both a financial and risk mitigation perspective. “Most hemp farms are not close to processing facilities. Transportation is a large cost and increases the risk of degradation and contamination. On top of that, farmers still have to deal with legal issues in states that aren’t familiar with hemp and mistake it for marijuana,” says Andrew Alvarez Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer “Additionally, it increases transparency with farmers and helps educate them along the way to build synergistic relationships”.

“The design of the MHEU was Phase 2 of our strategy,” says Shick Park Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer, “Phase 1 was developing a scalable extraction and remediation process enabling us to create high quality and compliant CBD oil, and Phase 3 is the roll-out of the mobile extraction units on to farms fall of 2020.”

“This caps off a 12 month design process by our engineers and now we go to the assembly phase. These units will take approximately 120 days each to build, and we plan to initially build 3,” says Co-Founder and CEO Tom Richardson. “This has been a very rewarding journey for us, from meeting farmers all over the country, to government legislators, to fine tuning the extraction process, to meeting other processors and sharing ideas, we feel very confident about the Cannabinoid Sector business.”

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Parenteral Drug Association’s “ICH Q7 GMP for APIs” online training module is now endorsed by ICH

BERLIN, 22-Nov-2019 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) is proud to announce that its “ICH Q7 GMP for APIs” online training module is now endorsed by the International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use as an “ICH Recognised Training Programme.”

The training module received the distinction after PDA demonstrated to ICH that it meets the twelve eligibility criteria for the program. Among these are its mission to serve as a neutral convening platform to engage expert stakeholders from industry, academia, advocacy groups, non-profits, and/or regulatory agencies on critical regulatory topics, and its promotion of regulatory convergence to accelerate innovation and improve healthcare globally.

The free “ICH Q7 GMP for APIs” training module introduces and improves understanding of the ICH quality guideline, Q7: Good Manufacturing Practice Guide for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients. The webinar is intended for pharmaceutical professionals working with APIs. More information on the webinar is available here: https://www.pda.org/global-event-calendar/ich-q7-gmp-for-apis.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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First Rhenium-SCT® (Skin Cancer Therapy) treatment in Germany done by Dr. Lutz-Hendrik Holle

HANAU, Germany, 4-Oct-2019 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — OncoBeta®, a Medical Device Company specialized in innovative epidermal radioisotope therapies for Non-Melanocytic Skin Cancers (NMSCs), announced today, that Dr. Lutz-Hendrik Holle, Medical Director of the interregional professional association for nuclear medicine in Hanau, has accomplished the first Rhenium-SCT® (Skin Cancer Therapy) treatment in Germany. This state-of-the-art technology of local radionuclide therapy offers a painless and non-invasive treatment option for patients with basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (BCC and SCC) and the interregional professional association for nuclear medicine Hanau is the first center in Germany that offers the Rhenium-SCT®.

With approximately 50.000 outpatient examinations annually, the interregional professional association for nuclear medicine Hanau is one of the biggest nuclear medicine service providers in Hesse. The offered services include a variety of different modern treatment and diagnostic methods. The key argument for the expansion of the spectrum was that the Rhenium-SCT® is a new, painless and highly efficient treatment option that also delivers excellent cosmetic results. Besides being a painless alternative to other procedures, the Rhenium-SCT® also allows the treatment of numerous NMSC lesions consecutively in a single session, which was already realized during the first treatment in Hanau. This has also attracted international attention so that an American patient travelled to Hanau for the treatment.

“This therapy is particularly suitable for tumor localizations where good cosmetic results are to be achieved. The fact that the treatment is completely painless and can be performed in just one session is a great advantage”, says Dr. Lutz-Hendrik Holle, Medical Director of Nuclear Medicine in Hanau.

“We are very happy and proud to be able to offer our revolutionary treatment to patients in Germany now. The interregional professional association of nuclear medicine in Hanau is an excellent partner for NMSC patients in the fight against NMSC”, said Shannon D. Brown III, CEO and Managing Director of OncoBeta® GmbH. “Unfortunately, Germany is one of the countries that has experienced a drastic increase in newly diagnosed NMSC cases in recent years. Our highly qualified team strives to provide physicians and patients with a non-invasive and affordable solution to treat NMSC, while focusing on the needs of the patient.”

The global incidence of non-melanoma skin cancers has been drastically increasing over the past decades. Depending on the source, it is estimated that there are over 5 million non-melanoma skin cancer cases reported globally each year. In certain analyzed areas of Germany there was an increase in the incidence between the year 2005 and the year 2014 by about 30%1. To serve the increasing medical need for innovative therapies in this field and to improve the quality of patients’ lives, OncoBeta® GmbH has developed its innovative Rhenium-SCT® which only require a single application in most of the cases, applied in one single session with excellent aesthetic outcomes.

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CoapTech and Fidmi Medical to Collaborate on Groundbreaking G-Tube Systems

Baltimore, MD, 2019-Sep-18 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — CoapTech LLC (Baltimore, MD) and Fidmi Medical, Ltd. (Caesarea, Israel) announced today that they will be collaborating on bringing to market a set of next-generation products for the initial placement and long-term maintenance of gastrostomy tubes (G-tubes). The collaboration between CoapTech and Fidmi will focus on integrating the company’s two technologies and expanding their collective market opportunities.

Gastrostomy tubes, which help patients receive long-term nutritional support, are typically placed endoscopically and need to be replaced every 3-6 months.

CoapTech’s PUMA-G System allows initial gastrostomy tube placement by non-surgeons/ gastroenterologists, outside of the endoscopy suite, using point-of-care ultrasound at the patient bedside. This novel approach can be performed in the ICU, emergency room, and eventually outside of the hospital setting, substantially reducing costs for tube placement.

Fidmi Medical’s innovative low-profile gastrostomy system is unique in that it can be utilized for both initial placement and replacement and has several features which make it more durable and comfortable for patients. Gastrostomy tubes very often get dislodged, clogged, or infected, and need to be replaced frequently. Fidmi’s improved low-profile gastrostomy tube is placed just like any standard PEG tube but has an easily replaceable inner tube which can be changed by patients without the need to re-enter the healthcare system for replacement procedures. This will result in fewer complications with patients’ g-tubes, therefore potentially reducing healthcare costs for payers and healthcare systems; as well as providing a substantial improvement in quality of life for patients and their caregivers.

Fidmi Medical Chairman, Lloyd Fishman, commented, “We are excited to collaborate with CoapTech in development and marketing. Both companies have developed cutting-edge technologies that will improve patient care and contribute to the ease, efficiency and confidence of clinicians’ work in the gastrostomy field.”

Dr. Steven Tropello, CoapTech’s founder and CMO said, “In combination these systems will be compatible with Push or Pull methods, be implantable in a wide variety of clinical settings, and require minimal readmission to the hospital and fewer visits to the ER. The synergy will reduce both front and back-end costs for hospitals and payers, and make care safer and more patient-centered.”

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2019 PDA Europe Biomanufacturing Conference in Munich: new speakers announced

2019 PDA Europe Biomanufacturing Conference in Munich: new speakers announced

BERLIN, 14-Aug-2019 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) today announced representatives of seven health authorities have been invited to speak at the 2019 PDA Europe Biomanufacturing Conference, 3-4 September 2019 in Munich, Germany. The following health authorities have confirmed speakers:

  • Danish Medicines Agency
  • Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board
  • European Medicines Agency
  • European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Healthcare (EDQM)
  • Swedish Medicines Agency

Mats Welin, Medical Products Agency, Sweden, and Dolores Hernan, European Medicines Agency, will provide an opening plenary talk on Accelerated Access and discuss the results of a 2018 EMA/FDA workshop on quality considerations for early access approaches. Those intrigued by Accelerated Access can learn more in the follow-up session, moderated by Martjin van der Plas, Dutch Medicine Evaluation Board. Welin and Hernan will participate in a panel discussion ending that session.

After a the first-day luncheon, Nanna Kruse, Danish Medicines Agency, will peel away some of the mystery surrounding the forthcoming International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) Guideline Q12: Technical and Regulatory Considerations for Pharmaceutical Product Lifecycle Management. In a parallel track, the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (speaker TBD) will intrigue the audience with a review of challenges regulators routinely face with the advent of new vaccines and innovative biologics.

Bright and early on 4 September, the EDQM’s Gwenael Cirefice and the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board (speaker TBD) turn the attention to ICH and advances in test methodologies. In a parallel track, Martjin van de Plas returns to the podium to review regulatory ideas regarding quality by design and control strategies. Hernan takes the mic as the conference’s last speaker to discuss EMA’s 2025 regulatory science strategy.

The meeting will close with a panel discussion including all the regulatory representatives participating.

Learn more about the topics that will be examined in-depth and/or to register. https://www.pda.org/global-event-calendar/event-detail/biomanufacturing-conference

Members of the press are welcome to apply for a press pass. https://www.pda.org/about-pda/press-pass-request-form

SOURCE: EuropaWire

2019 Red Herring North America Top 100 Winner: New recognition of OncoBeta’s success in developing and providing an innovative therapy for non-melanoma skin cancer patients

Pasadena, CA, U.S.A., 6-Jul-2019 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — OncoBeta®, a Medical Device Company specialized in innovative epidermal radioisotope therapies for Non-Melanocytic Skin Cancers (NMSCs), announced today, that it was honored as a Red Herring Top 100 North America Award winner recognizing the continent’s most exciting and innovative private technology companies. After being recognized with the Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award earlier this year, this is now the second recognition obtained by Red Herring.

The winners, celebrated at a special awards ceremony at the Westin Pasadena hotel, have been chosen from thousands of entrants, whittled down to hundreds making the trip to California. The ceremony, led by Red Herring chairman Alex Vieux, was preceded by two days of keynote speeches, discussions and finalist presentations.

Companies were judged by industry experts, insiders and journalists on a wide variety of criteria including financial performance, innovation, business strategy, and market penetration. Winners ran the gamut of verticals, from FinTech and Marketing to Security, IoT, and many more industries.

Red Herring’s editors have been evaluating the world’s startups and tech companies for over two decades. It gives them the ability to see through the industry’s hype to pick firms that will continue on a trajectory to success. Brands such as Alibaba, Google, Kakao, Skype, Spotify, Twitter and YouTube have all been singled out in Red Herring’s storied history.

“2019’s crop of Top 100 winners has been among our most intriguing yet,” said Vieux. “North America has led the way in tech for so many years, and to see such unique, pioneering entrepreneurs and companies here in California, which is in many ways the heartland of the industry, has been a thrilling experience.”

“What has excited me most is to see so many people forging niches in high-tech and cutting edge sectors,” added Vieux. “Some of the technical wizardry and first-rate business models showcased here at the conference has been fantastic to learn about. We believe OncoBeta® embodies the drive, skill and passion on which tech thrives. OncoBeta® should be proud of its achievement – the competition was incredibly strong.”

“Being named as one of the Red Herring’s Top 100 North America award winner in addition to the Top 100 Europe is a great honor for us.” states Shannon D. Brown III, CEO of OncoBeta®. “The spirit of the award aligns perfectly with our team’s mission in the fight against non-melanocytic skin cancer (NMSC) with the Rhenium-SCT®.”

The complete list of the 2019 Red Herring North America Top 100 Winners can be found here in alphabetical order: https://www.redherring.com/2019-rhna-top100-winners/

Red Herring’s press release is available online at https://www.redherring.com/red-herring-2019-top-100-north-america-winners-press-release/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

EMA, MHRA and U.S. FDA among regulatory agencies participating at PDA’s 4th Annual European Meeting in Amsterdam

BERLIN, 10-Jun-2019 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) is excited to host its 4th Annual European Meeting: Global Healthcare of the Present and the Future, June 25-26 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the new location of the European Medicines Agency, where industry and regulatory agencies will present their perspectives on the transformation unfolding in the pharmaceutical sector regarding the digitalization and automation of manufacturing processes.

From the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Felix G. Rebitschek will deliver the keynote speech, “Decision-Making Under Uncertainty.” Following him, the opening plenary “Regulatory Updates – Current Situation” will discuss understanding regulatory frameworks in an atmosphere of rapid change and provide the opportunity to participate in conversation with regulators and industry representatives.

Regulatory agencies sharing industry updates include the European Medicines Agency, U.S. FDA, WHO, MHRA and HPRA, PIC/S.

A series of parallel tracks will offer the chance to learn about topics ranging from virtual reality, data quality management, manufacturing technologies and much more.

Learn more about the topics that will be examined in-depth.

Registration (https://store.pda.org/Meetings/Login.aspx?ID=4520) can be completed until June 24.

Bona fide members of the press are welcome to apply for a press pass.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

2019 PDA EU Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products: Cell and Gene Therapy – From Promise to Cure Conference

BERLIN, 28-May-2019 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) is pleased to announce the speaker lineup for the 2019 PDA EU Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products: Cell and Gene Therapy – From Promise to Cure Conference, in Vilnius, Lithuania, June 4-5. Expert speakers representing industry, government and academia will cover the full breadth of scientific and regulatory considerations for successfully launching and manufacturing cell and gene therapies.

Lithuanian University of Health Science professor Romaldas Maciulaitis will get the meeting off to a quick start with his presentation, “Development and the Use of ATMPs in EU/Lithuania.”

Following him in the opening plenary session is Alistair Gibb from the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, presenting “ATMPs System-wide Challenges from Innovation to Uptake – Pragmatic Supportive Regulation and Standards.”

The Paul-Ehrlich Institute’s Isabelle Bekeredjian-Ding takes the podium after her British counterpart with, “From Individualized to Standardized Microbiological Quality Control in ATMP Manufacturing.”

The PDA EU ATMP Conference comes just a month after PDA’s successful Cell and Gene Therapy Conference in Long Beach, Calif., May 6 – 7. That conference drew 200 participants. Earlier this year, PDA published Technical Report No. 81: Cell-Based Therapy Control Strategy.

Go here to see the full speaker lineup.

Press passes are available here to bona fide members of the press.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

The interregional professional association for nuclear medicine in Hanau has become the first treatment center in Germany to offer the Rhenium-SCT® (SCT= Skin Cancer Therapy)

GARCHING N. MUNICH, Germany, 13-May-2019 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — OncoBeta® GmbH, a commercial stage Medical Device Company specialized in innovative epidermal radioisotope therapies for Non-Melanocytic Skin Cancers (NMSCs), is pleased to announce that the interregional professional association for nuclear medicine in Hanau now offers the Rhenium-SCT ® (SCT= Skin Cancer Therapy) as the first treatment center in Germany.

With approximately 50.000 outpatient examinations annually, the interregional professional association for nuclear medicine Hanau is one of the biggest nuclear medicine service providers in Hesse. The offered services include a variety of different modern treatment and diagnostic methods which are state-of the art in science and technology.

“Offering NMSC skin cancer patients a highly efficient, painless, innovative therapy with excellent aesthetic results was the driving reason to establish this treatment method in our clinic,” says Dr. med. Lutz-Hendrik Holle, Medical Director of Nuclear Medicine in Hanau.

“We are delighted that our innovative skin cancer therapy Rhenium-SCT® is now being offered by the Nuclear Medicine in Hanau and we are looking forward to this collaboration”, states Shannon D. Brown III, CEO and Managing Director of OncoBeta® GmbH. “For us, this is an important step to offer the treatment method in addition to Italy, South Africa and Australia now also in Germany. In order to provide our treatment to as many skin cancer patients as possible, it is of course our goal to offer the availability of the therapy nationwide in Germany in the future.”

The global incidence of non-melanoma skin cancers has been drastically increasing over the past decades. Depending on the source, it is estimated that there are over 5 million non-melanoma skin cancer cases reported globally each year. In Germany the number of newly diagnosed patients is about 200,000 annually and it is assumed that this number increases within the next years. To serve the increasing medical need for innovative therapies in this field and to improve the quality of patients’ lives, OncoBeta® GmbH has developed its innovative Rhenium-SCT® which only require a single application, applied in one single session with excellent aesthetic outcomes.

If interested, patients and doctors can either contact the interregional professional association for nuclear medicine in Hanau directly or OncoBeta® GmbH.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Mr RICHARD GUILLAUME IS APPOINTED TO THE DIAFIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

RENNES, FRANCE, 2019-Apr-08 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — DIAFIR, a medical technology company focused on the development, manufacture and sale of innovative diagnostic solutions in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and septic arthritis announces today the appointment of Mr Richard Guillaume to its Board of Directors.

Mr Guillaume has a wide experience of over 30 years in international management and operations in the pharmaceutical industry as well as in the medtech. Drawing on his experience and knowledge in the field of medical devices and diagnosis, Mr Guillaume will advise and help the Company in its development.

Alongside his role at Diafir, Richard Guillaume has been the General Manager of Echosens from 2008 until 2013. He was previously Executive Vice President Global Sales and Marketing at Blatchford, a UK medical device company. He was also member of the board. Prior, he held various positions such as Director Global Marketing of Abbott International in Chicago and Director Category Development Europe of Mead Johnson. Richard holds a Master in Business Administration from Poitiers University and a DESS in Marketing from Paris Dauphine completed by a general management program at INSEAD.

 

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The LentiGlobin application for cMAA at the EMA from bluebird bio still in review process by CHMP

LONDON, 27-Mar-2019 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — The LentiGlobin application for Conditional Marketing Authorization (cMAA) at the EMA from bluebird bio is still in the process of being reviewed by CHMP during their 25-28 March 2019 meeting. An opinion for the cMAA is expected to be released soon.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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University of Pretoria Prof. Mike Sathekge is First in South Africa to Treat Non-Melanocytic Skin #Cancer Patients with Rhenium-SCT®

Garching n. Munich, Germany, 26-Nov-2018 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — OncoBeta® GmbH, a commercial stage Medical Device Company specialized in innovative epidermal radioisotope therapies for Non-Melanocytic Skin Cancers (NMSCs), announced today that Prof. Mike Sathekge from the University of Pretoria, Steve Biko Academic Hospital Nuclear Medical department and his clinical team has treated the first non-melanocytic skin cancer patients in South Africa with the innovative Rhenium-SCT® skin cancer treatment System. This next-generation radionuclide therapy technology applied by the nuclear medicine physician offers a new singles session, painless treatment for patients suffering from Basal Cell – and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (BCCs and SCCs).

The global incidence of non-melanoma skin cancers has drastically increased over the few past decades. Depending on the source, it is estimated that there are over 5 million non-melanoma skin cancer cases reported globally each year. Approximately 80% of non-melanoma skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas or squamous cell carcinomas with South Africa having one of the highest incidence rates in the world.

Prof. Mike Sathekge and his team at the University of Pretoria, Steve Biko Academic Hospital are focused on providing patients with personalized care using state-of-the-art technology that can deliver high-precision therapy and diagnostics with minimal side effects. The specialized team of experts in the nuclear medicine and medical physics, work closely with other disciplines within the university hospital, referring physicians, and other institutions, to ensure patients receive the best possible treatment for their specific type of cancer.

Martin Magwaza, CEO of Tautomer (PTY) LTD Oncobeta®’s distribution partner for the Rhenium-SCT® in Africa, is dedicated to providing South Africans with new innovative and effective therapies across the continent, coordinating with representatives from all levels of government and state for the health care landscape.

“The start of the Rhenium-SCT® in South Africa is a significant milestone in the international expansion of our ground-breaking treatment for BCCs and SCCs.,” said Shannon D. Brown III, CEO and Managing Director of OncoBeta® GmbH. “Our vision of bringing a revolutionary affordable skin cancer therapy to physicians and patients all over the world has come one step closer today”.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Dr. Christina Marrongelli chosen by the World Congress on Pharmacology & Chemistry of Natural Compounds to moderate their 2018 conference in Paris

Dr. Christina Marrongelli chosen by the World Congress on Pharmacology & Chemistry of Natural Compounds to moderate their 2018 conference in Paris

Marrongelli selected for her expertise in Botanical Drug Development

LONDON, Jun-16-2018 — /EPR Healthcare News/ — As a leading expert in her field, Dr. Christina Marrongelli, PharmD has been chosen by the World Congress on Pharmacology & Chemistry of Natural Compounds to moderate their 2018 conference: Exploring New Trends & Innovations in Pharmacology and Natural Compounds. The conference is being held in Paris, France on June 18, 2018.

Dr. Marrongelli, who is an adjunct professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in the department of drug discovery and biomedical sciences will also present “Developing and Marketing Botanical Drugs in the United States”.

The United States, which has the largest pharmaceutical market in the world, demonstrates a strong demand for the use of botanicals as medicine. However, to date only two prescription botanical drugs are currently approved for use in the USA: Veregen® (sinecatechins) and Mytesi™ (crofelemer).

Marrongelli attributes this disconnect between supply and demand to hidden barriers. She notes that with the worldwide herbal drug market is expected to reach nearly $86.74 billion by 2022, businesses must identify and address these barriers so that heterogeneous botanical drug products can obtain the approvals necessary to meet the consumers growing expectations and demands for botanical medicines.

To further explain the barriers to regulation of botanicals, Marrongelli points to the Botanical Drug Development Guidance for Industry from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) that was last updated in 2016. According to publication, regulation of botanicals in the U.S. is different from regulation in the rest of world. The U.S. does not have a separate regulatory category for traditional or herbal medicines: A botanical product may be classified as a food (including a dietary supplement), drug (including a biological drug), medical device, or cosmetic under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). Whether an article is a food, drug, medical device, or cosmetic depends in large part on its intended use.

To learn more about the issues and barriers to the development of botanical drugs, please contact Dr. Marrongelli at Marronge@musc.edu or DrM@pharmD.expert.

SOURCE: EuropaWire