Swedish biotech outfit Cavidi snagged a €10 million ($11 million) loan from the European Investment Bank to develop its next-generation automated testing device for HIV.
The search for an HIV vaccine has been long and difficult, but researchers from Johnson & Johnson, Harvard and other groups may have made a leap. J&J's Janssen reported encouraging results Thursday from its preclinical trial of an HIV vaccine in rhesus monkeys. Encouraging enough for the company to sponsor human studies--the first time a Big Pharma is doing so in the HIV space.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a formulation of Endo's pain med, Opana ER--that's supposed to be difficult to crush--is responsible for an outbreak of HIV in southern Indiana, because the changes made it easier to prepare the drug for more dangerous intravenous or subcutaneous injection.
India's Cipla recently got FDA approval for a pediatric formulation of the combo drug lopinavir/ritonavir to treat HIV/AIDS in the developing world, but not in the U.S., where market exclusivity rules apply.
India's Aurobindo Pharma has submitted an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) to the FDA for the treatment of HIV as part of the country's pharmaceutical industry's efforts to ramp up production of drugs to treat HIV/AIDS.
As the industry turns its attention to low-cost, easy-to-use diagnostics for developing countries, researchers at Florida Atlantic University are developing a biosensing tool that uses a smartphone and a paper microchip to screen for diseases such as HIV.
In bid to improve patient adherence, the U.S. National Institutes of Health is funding and helping run two clinical trials of long-acting injectable HIV candidates being developed by Johnson & Johnson's Janssen and GlaxoSmithKline.
The FDA has approved a triple test from Roche to simultaneously detect HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B in donated blood and blood products. It's the first test approved by the agency to simultaneously test for all three of these blood-borne diseases and is expected to reduce the necessary sample volume and the testing turnaround time.
Last year, India's Cipla forked over $500 million to get complete ownership of South Africa's Cipla Medpro. A new contract from the South African government for antiretroviral drugs sheds some light on the potential motivation for more than doubling its original offer to get the whole company.
Researchers at Harvard University have demonstrated that a nonsurgical injection of programmable biomaterial can assemble in vivo into a 3-D structure to attack cancer cells and help to prevent other infectious diseases such as HIV.