May 2021

Poland offers to buy J&J shots from Denmark – ET HealthWorld

Poland has offered to buy Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines from Denmark, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, after Copenhagen excluded the shots from its vaccination programme over a potential link to blood clots. Some central European countries including Poland are eager to speed up their vaccination programmes following procurement delays, in some cases adopting […]

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‘Made in India’ J&J vaccine may roll out only in fourth quarter – ET HealthWorld

As the country struggles to ramp up vaccination in the face of surging Covid-19 cases in the second wave, the locally manufactured Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be available for use in India only by the fourth quarter of 2021. According to sources, though the process of transfer of technology by J&J to Indian vaccine

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Lower the ‘Boiling Point’ with agitated bipolar, schizophrenia patients, new HCP campaign advises

When a situation gets heated, apply some calm. That’s what BioXcel Therapeutics’ first awareness campaign aims to help healthcare professionals do with agitated bipolar and schizophrenia patients. The “Boiling Point” campaign focuses on de-escalation techniques, aiming to help providers in emergency medicine and psychiatry identify signs of agitation and defuse the situation before it becomes dangerous to them

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Cumulus Neuroscience raises £6m in Dementia Discovery Fund-led financing round

Belfast-headquartered Cumulus Neuroscience has raised £6m in a financing round led by the Dementia Discovery Fund, with the funds set to be used to advance its integrated physiological and digital biomarker platform. The latest financing round included new investments from the medical research charity LifeArc as well as the UK Future Fund.

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Tecentriq approved for first-line metastatic NSCLC

Roche’s checkpoint inhibitor Tecentriq has gained a new approval from the European Commission, for the first-line treatment of certain patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), its fourth indication in this cancer type. Specifically, Tecentriq (atezolizumab) has been approved for adults with metastatic NSCLC whose tumours have high PD-L1 expression, with

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UK bolsters COVID-19 variant testing capabilities with £29.3m investment

The UK government has announced new investment to bolster testing capabilities in a bid to fast-track vaccines tailored for COVID-19 variants and help “future proof the country”, said Health Secretary Matt Hancock. The government will invest £29.3m through the Vaccines Taskforce in Public Health England’s new testing facilities at Porton Down, the

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EMA opens review of China’s Sinovac coronavirus jab – ET HealthWorld

Europe’s medicines watchdog said Tuesday it has started reviewing China’s Sinovac coronavirus jab, a process that could lead to eventual approval for the European market. Made by Sinovac’s Beijing-based Life Sciences unit, the vaccine by the Chinese biotech firm is the second shot developed outside the West after Russia’s Sputnik V to be considered for

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Renowned gastroenterologist Dr Prateek Sharma to speak at Bench to Bedside series today – ET HealthWorld

Dr Prateek Sharma is the Section Chief of Gastroenterology at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Centre. “Bench to Bedside” is a weekly series hosted by The University of Kansas Cancer Center, which follows the latest developments related to cancer care, clinical trials and research. The series goes up on the Centre’s Facebook Live page

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I never saw any report which said numbers will go very high: Biotech Secy – ET HealthWorld

Department of Biotechnology secretary Renu Swarup speaks to ET on the virus variants at work, ongoing studies to assess reinfection after vaccination and more. Excerpts: THE VARIANTSData for the UK variant is already there. Those from South Africa and Brazil have not spread so much. In Punjab, the UK strain was the largest concern as

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