Genomic & Biopharma News

Harnessing the microbiome potential
Spring is underway in parts of the US, and while Florida by no means undergoes the dramatic reappearance of foliage or colorful clumps of daffodils and azaleas, the southern part of the sunshine state experiences its share of spring renewals.  For instance, recently a brood of Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) hatchlings appeared near Ocean Ridge Biosciences' laboratory.
ORB Company Blog, 2017-03-31 21:41:45

Chan, Zuckerberg and the Gates Foundation unveil open-source global infectious disease tracker
The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a nonprofit research organization formed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, has unveiled an open-source platform for charting international infectious disease outbreaks in real time.
Fierce Biotech, 2018-10-16 20:25:02

Study findings may explain sporadic outbreaks of C. difficile infections in hospitals
Washing contaminated hospital bedsheets in a commercial washing machine with industrial detergent at high disinfecting temperatures failed to remove all traces of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), a bacteria that causes infectious diarrhea, suggesting that linens could be a source of infection among patients and even other hospitals, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2018-10-16 20:05:16

Improving access to behavioral health screenings for pregnant and postpartum women
The number one medical complication of pregnancy and childbirth for mothers is depression and/or anxiety, with one in seven women suffering from a mood disorder during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2018-10-16 19:54:52

Harnessing the microbiome potential
Spring is underway in parts of the US, and while Florida by no means undergoes the dramatic reappearance of foliage or colorful clumps of daffodils and azaleas, the southern part of the sunshine state experiences its share of spring renewals.  For instance, recently a brood of Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) hatchlings appeared near Ocean Ridge Biosciences' laboratory.
ORB Company Blog, 2017-03-31 21:41:45

Age-related estrogen increase may be the culprit behind inguinal hernias in men
An age-related increase in estrogen may be the culprit behind inguinal hernias, a condition common among elderly men that often requires corrective surgery, according to a Northwestern Medicine study was published Oct. 15 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2018-10-16 19:43:44

Sarepta licenses Lysogene’s Sanfilippo gene therapy in deal worth up to $142M
Lysogene is licensing its Sanfilippo syndrome gene therapy to Sarepta Therapeutics for $15 million upfront, a $2.5 million equity investment and up to $125 million in potential milestone payments.
Fierce Biotech, 2018-10-16 18:23:19

ICER weighs plan to offer trial design advice to pharma companies, for a price
The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER)—an independent source for information on the cost-effectiveness of new, cutting-edge drugs and big-ticket therapies—is considering charging biotech companies for early scientific advice and direct guidance in clinical trial design.
Fierce Biotech, 2018-10-16 17:55:07

Bayer contemplating outsourcing more R&D as part of restructuring: Reuters
Bayer is contemplating outsourcing more of its R&D as part of an overall restructuring plan, Reuters reported, citing the German pharma giant’s work council.
Fierce Biotech, 2018-10-16 17:51:39

Parexel debuts new patient-centric solutions for drug development
Parexel has rolled out several new patient-centric solutions using its Perceptive Cloud platform and leveraging the CRO’s relationship with Microsoft to aid in drug development.
Fierce Biotech, 2018-10-16 17:07:56

Huge Arthropod Declines Documented in Puerto Rican Rainforest
The study authors attribute the decreases to climate change.
The Scientist, 2018-10-16 17:00:15