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| 01.21.22 | GSK rushes to boost COVID antibody supply amid omicron; CVS calls Uber for free medical transportation

Alnylam data prompt cold analyst reception
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GlaxoSmithKline rushes to accelerate COVID-19 antibody output amid omicron-driven demand

GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology are rushing to speed up production of their COVID-19 therapy, now that they're the only companies with an antibody that appears to be truly effective against omicron.

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States ask for more guidance from HHS on when COVID-19 emergency will end

State officials are asking for more time and predictability when the COVID-19 public health emergency ends and when Medicaid eligibility redeterminations are expected to start.

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In biopharma VC world, what does it mean to take a 'leap'? For Leaps by Bayer, it's 'fewer, but maybe bigger bets'

Sparking innovation at a Big Pharma with a 150-year history can be difficult, so sometimes it takes some outside perspective to get the ball rolling. That's where Leaps by Bayer comes in.

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Exact Sciences posts early positive data from its next-generation Cologuard home screening test

Working with the Mayo Clinic to improve its accuracy, the updated version could result in fewer unnecessary recommendations for follow-up colonoscopies, the company said.

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Fierce JPM Week: Bristol Myers' next-gen autoimmune med not just another JAK drug, exec says

After a high-profile study turned up safety risks for Pfizer's JAK inhibitor Xeljanz last year, the FDA put the entire class under a microscope—and it only recently went back to granting new approvals in that class. Bristol Myers Squibb, meanwhile, has a new candidate that the company's chief medical officer says is safer than the other JAKs.

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Fierce JPM Week: How 23andMe plans to harness its massive database to further its ambitions in drug development

Drug development is expensive, can take years to complete and doesn't guarantee a novel therapy for treating disease. But consumer genetic testing company 23andMe is forging ahead to leverage its massive database of genetic data for research and to make and sell its own therapies.

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Alnylam touts data replication for next-generation Onpattro in ATTR trial but analysts pour some cold water

Alnylam executives are heralding the replication of data between approved medicine Onpattro and the investigational treatment vutrisiran, which the company is trying to position as an easier-to-administer, next-generation treatment for transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis. Analysts, however, noted a few subtle differences where vutrisiran differed from the approved medicine.

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Apple partner Rockley Photonics’ wearable blood pressure sensors clear pilot study

Sensor maker Rockley Photonics reported that a pilot study of its wrist-worn device was able to measure a person’s blood pressure without the squeeze of a cuff.

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You say Trintellix, I say Brintellix: Why a drug name in the US won't always translate across the pond

As a British citizen living in England but writing on American drug names, I’m in the perfect position to know that many drugs approved in Europe and the U.K. can have very different names from those in the U.S.

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CVS Health and Uber Health partner on free medical transportation to reduce barriers to care

CVS Health is teaming up with Uber Health, the ride-sharing giant's healthcare arm, to offer free rides to medical care, work and education in high-risk communities.

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Mirati's adagrasib spurs 41% response in pancreatic, GI tumors, scoring points where KRAS leader Amgen hasn't gone

Mirati Therapeutics' KRAS drug adagrasib led to a 41% response rate in patients with pancreatic and other gastrointestinal tumors, the latest in the biotech's efforts to eke out an edge against the big winner in the drug class, Amgen. 

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BD unveils high-throughput cell sorter that merges fluorescence with visual imaging

A new high-speed cell sorting technology could help do more than find the proverbial needle in the haystack, but also categorize each individual strand of hay itself.

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