Thursday, June 24, 2021

Chief scientist on Operation Warp Speed resigns

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The scientific adviser who guided U.S. efforts to speed up development of vaccines for Covid-19 is resigning at the behest of the incoming Biden administration.In an interview with CNBC, Dr. Moncef Slaoui said he plans to stay on in an advisory role for 30 days as part of the transition.“I have decided to...

Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine gets FDA O.K. for storage changes, extra dose per vial

  Vaccinators will be able to get one extra dose out of each vial of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, and soon new vials that hold even more doses will become available. The changes were among those authorized by the FDA as the regulator and vaccine makers look for ways to get more doses into more...

Merck sets up Organon spinout with a women’s health medical device acquisition

  When Merck announced it would spin out its women’s health and off-patent drugs into a new standalone business, the pharmaceutical giant said the new company would also have the capacity to add new products. Merck is giving its spinout a head start with the acquisition of a commercial-stage women’s health startup. Merck announced...

Mark your calendars for our virtual INVEST Precision Medicine conference, December 9-11

The vision of precision medicine is to enable doctors, researchers and others to more accurately predict and prescribe appropriate treatments based on individuals genetic profile and other factors. Our virtual MedCity INVEST Precision Medicine conference, December 9-11, will highlight some aspects of this exciting area from the biopharma companies developing cell and gene...

Catching up on care post Covid-19 requires ‘digital compassion’

When Covid-19 began spreading quickly throughout the U.S. in March, most hospital systems stopped performing elective surgeries, based on a recommendation from the American College of Surgeons. While this guidance was important, as it aimed to minimize exposure to the virus and reallocate hospital resources to combat the spread of the novel...

The New Garmin Vivoactive 4 Fitness Tracker Brings Animated Workouts To Your Wrist

It’s all go at Garmin, which has announced updates to the Fenix, Vivomove and Vivoactive trackers in the past week, alongside launching an entirely new smartwatch – the Venu.While most Garmin watches are tailored towards committed sportspeople, the Vivoactive is a more rounded tracker, offering a fine array of everyday activity stats...

Doximity carves out a portion of IPO for physician users

As it files to go public, a startup building the “LinkedIn for physicians” plans to set aside a portion of shares for its users. Doximity filed early paperwork for an IPO on Friday, though it hasn’t yet priced its stock.  The startup plans to carve out 15% of its shares in the offering...

Cedar bulks up billing platform with $425M acquisition

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After raising a recent $200 million funding round, healthcare billing startup Cedar is buying up competitor OODA Health for $425 million. The deal would bring together tools for providers and payers onto one platform, making it easier to tackle the confusing and fragmented billing process that many patients experience. New York-based Cedar was...

Walmart partners with startup to sell at-home Covid-19 tests

Walmart began selling at-home Covid-19 tests on its ecommerce websites. The test kits are offered through Los Angeles-based home testing startup myLab Box. Currently, it offers three kinds of tests: a nasal swab test, a saliva sample, and a kit for both a Covid-19 and flu test. The test kits are priced between $99...

Regeneron, Roche injectable antibody drug shows efficacy in preventing Covid-19

A Covid-19 antibody cocktail developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Roche has pivotal clinical trial data showing it protected against the spread of infection among people in the same household. The results support use of the drug as a preventative measure in a formulation that’s easier for both physicians and patients. In the placebo-controlled Phase...
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