US Science Groups Wary of New Senate Bills to Curb Foreign Influences

A bipartisan group of US senators proposed sweeping—and controversial—changes in how the federal government manages academic research in the face of threats from other countries.
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Emmes Announces Its Work on a Phase III Clinical Trial for Breakthrough Therapy Designation Product

Emmes announced that it provided the Phase III clinical trial support for a new investigational cell therapy that offers a promising treatment opportunity for patients who need an allogeneic bone marrow transplant.
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Creatv Announces Ability to Predict Immunotherapy Treatment Response for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Using a Simple Blood Test

Creatv Microtech has pioneered a blood test to predict treatment response in patients with stage II-III NSCLC treated with chemoradiation therapy and consolidated immunotherapy.
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Lassen Therapeutics Launches to Discover and Develop Novel Antibody Therapeutics Including Lead Program Targeting IL-11 to Treat Fibrosis and Oncology

Lassen Therapeutics announced it has emerged from stealth and secured $31 million in Series A financing to develop antibodies as potential treatments for fibrosis, rare diseases and oncology.
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Bellicum Receives FDA IND Clearance to Initiate a Phase I/II Clinical Trial for BPX-603, a Dual-Switch GoCAR-T® for HER2+ Solid Tumors

Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced clearance by the FDA of its investigational new drug application for BPX-603. BPX-603 is a GoCAR-T® product candidate targeting solid tumors that express human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2).
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Immune Status Could Determine Efficacy of COVID-19 Therapies

Emerging evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2 can drive a diverse array of immune processes, raising the risk that immunosuppressant agents that are in clinical trials might be effective for some patients but detrimental for others.
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How Deadly Is the Coronavirus? Scientists Are Close to an Answer

Researchers use a metric called infection fatality rate (IFR) to calculate how deadly a new disease is. It is the proportion of infected people who will die as a result, including those who don’t get tested or show symptoms.
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‘We’ve Got to Be Able to Move More Quickly.’ The Pandemic Reality of COVID-19 Clinical Trials

With speed borne of desperation comes risk and confusion—of trials too small to yield answers, of treatments overhyped, and of uncertainty about how to design the best studies possible. Science spoke with three clinical trial experts about this unprecedented period for modern medical research.
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Adamis Pharmaceuticals Announces License to Commercialize Tempol, a Novel Investigational Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Drug for the Treatment of Respiratory Diseases Including COVID-19

Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation announced a license to commercialize Tempol, a novel patented investigational drug for the treatment of COVID-19. The license includes the worldwide use of Tempol for the treatment of all respiratory diseases including asthma, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza and COVID-19.
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Pluristem Announces Activation of Clinical Sites and Commencement of Patient Enrollment in US FDA Phase II COVID-19 ARDS Trial

Pluristem Therapeutics, Inc. announced the activation of clinical sites and initiation of enrollment in its Phase II US FDA study of PLX cells for the treatment of severe COVID-19 complicated by Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).
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