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BCLI: ALS ASSOCIATION AND I AM ALS AWARDS $500,000 GRANT; POTENTIAL INCLUSION IN RUSSELL 3000 INDEX…

$500,000 Grant from ALS Association and I AM ALS On June 9, 2020, BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:BCLI) announced a combined grant of $500,000 from the ALS Association and I AM ALS to support an ALS biomarker study utilizing samples and data from the ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial of NurOwn® in ALS patients. The goal of…

AstraZeneca approaches Gilead about merging

NEW YORK — AstraZeneca PLC has made a preliminary approach to rival drug maker Gilead Sciences Inc. about a potential merger, according to people familiar with the matter, in what would be the biggest health care deal on record. The UK company informally contacted Gilead last month to gauge its interest in a possible tie-up,…

FDA hits Novartis with unexpected 3-month delay on MS drug ofatumumab

Last week, Novartis was touting positive data showing its repurposed leukemia drug ofatumumab outpaced Sanofi’s Aubagio in a multiple sclerosis trial. Now, Novartis has revealed that the FDA, which was supposed to hand down a verdict on the drug this month, needs until September to make the decision. What happened? Novartis isn’t saying much. MORE……

Gilead to donate 300,000 more remdesivir doses to US hospitals

Gilead will increase the number of doses of remdesivir it’s donating to the federal government in the next six weeks, STAT reported. The drugmaker had planned to donate 607,000 vials of remdesivir — the drug that received FDA emergency approval for use in treating COVID-19 patients after it was shown to shorten recovery time in patients with the virus…

Compass raises $80M to take magic mushroom drug toward phase 3

Compass Pathways has raised $80 million to prepare its psilocybin therapy for phase 3 development. The London-based biotech is advancing the drug, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, for use in people with treatment-resistant depression. Psilocybin was studied in the 1960s, but research ground to a halt over the following decades. Teams at academic centers including the…

Marketing COVID-19 is bad news for new drug launches. Which will suffer most?

The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing societal countermeasures are upending operations in many sectors—and biopharma isn’t immune. The current lockdown is not only hurting clinical trial enrollment but also delaying regulatory timelines for drugs nearing a decision. And with tried-and-true, in-person marketing techniques no longer allowed, new launches may also feel the pain—or hold off altogether. Consider Bristol…

Novartis, life sciences firms collaborate with BMGF to fight against COVID-19 disease

Novartis and a consortium of life sciences companies have collaborated with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to advance the development, manufacture and delivery of vaccines, diagnostics and treatments for COVID-19, the disease resulted due to the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eisai, Eli Lilly, Gilead, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer,…

UPDATED: Biogen staffer fled to China in search of emergency Covid-19 testing, care — and now faces criminal charges

A Biogen employee who has contracted Covid-19 in Massachusetts fled to Beijing alongside her family. And now she faces criminal charges for lying about her condition on the way back. The company confirmed to Endpoints News that the woman, identified by Chinese officials as Ms. Li, works for the company but said she didn’t attend the strategy…

Major cancer institute sued by its own researchers over ‘tapering’ funding

Alleging that a leading cancer funder is slashing their support in an “unethical and reckless” way, six prominent cancer researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), have filed a lawsuit to compel it to continue its current level of support. The suit, filed quietly in November 2019 and amended last week, contends that the…

BrainStorm CEO to Provide Company Update at the BIO CEO & Investor Conference

NEW YORK, Feb. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: BCLI), a leading developer of autologous cellular therapies for highly debilitating neurodegenerative diseases, announced today that Chaim Lebovits, CEO and President, will provide an update of the Company’s ALS and MS trials and company growth strategy at The BIO CEO & Investor Conference, being held…