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Biotech companies issue first joint declaration on human gene editing

Companies involved in human gene editing have entered the ethical debate about the controversial technology, issuing a joint declaration that DNA must not be altered in a way that passes genetic changes on to future generations. The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), an international group representing the cell and gene ...

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World Patient Safety Day – 17 September 2019

134 million adverse events occur each year due to unsafe care in hospitals in low- and middle-income countries, contributing to 2.6 million deaths annually! Safety in health systems is a major global concern due to the enlarging numbers of people suffering avoidable harm while receiving healthcare. Recognizing the urgency of ...

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World Hepatitis Day 2019

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28 July bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Viral hepatitis B and C affect 325 million people ...

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FDA Accelerates Review Of Sickle Cell Disease Medicine Crizanlizumab

Novartis announced earlier today the FDA accepted the company’s Biologics License Application (BLA) and has granted Priority Review for its investigational Sickle Cell (SCD) medicine Crizanlizumab. If FDA-approved, crizanlizumab is expected to represent the first monoclonal antibody targeting the P-selectin mediated multi-cellular adhesion in sickle cell disease! Novartis submitted the application ...

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Drones Land in the Cell and Gene Therapy Space

Cell and gene therapies could be literally flying high soon from now! The Italy-based biotech company Anemocyte, in collaboration with RPS Aerospace,  developed a remotely piloted drone system to securely transport final cell and gene therapy products straight from manufacturing sites to clinical centers. The current prototype can also transport ...

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