Coronavirus Variants Threaten Billion Dollar Stockpile Of Antibody Therapy

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New Jersey Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman announced on January 11th that she had caught the coronavirus and was experiencing mild symptoms, days after being potentially exposed during the Capitol insurrection. Hours later, she headed to a local hospital, on the advice of her doctor, for a monoclonal antibody therapy.

Monoclonal antibodies have proven one of the few treatments that may help slow or prevent the course of COVID-19. These proteins are made in a lab but mirror the protective armory made by your body’s immune system to fight off an infection. When given within the first ten days of

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No Increased VTE Risk With Hormone Therapy During Gender Surgery

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Transgender patients undergoing gender-affirming surgery were not at significant risk for perioperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) whether or not hormone therapy was stopped before surgery, researchers reported.

In a retrospective study that included 407 transgender patients undergoing vaginoplasty, no VTE events occurred in those who continued hormone therapy through surgery, said John Pang, MD, of the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City, and colleagues.

Reporting online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the team said the only VTE event in the study occurred in the group that stopped hormone therapy prior to

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Thermo Fisher Takes Deep Dive into Cell and Gene Therapy with Viral Vector Business Buy

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Thermo Fisher Scientific announced the completion of Henogen SA, Groupe Novasep SAS’s viral vector manufacturing business in Belgium. The deal was for €725 million in cash.

This is only the most recent news of Thermo Fisher’s push into the gene and cell therapy space. In March 2019, Thermo Fisher acquired Brammer Bio for $1.7 billion. Brammer Bio is a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) focused on manufacturing viral vectors for gene and cell therapies. Brammer Bio is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A month later, Thermo Fisher announced plans to invest $50 million in its manufacturing site

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The viruses that prey on human diseases

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Three years ago, Esteban Diaz was advised by his doctors to get on the lung transplant list after a life-long battle with cystic fibrosis. The disease causes excessive production of mucus in the lungs and pancreas, leaving patients extremely vulnerable to bacterial infections. In the 47-year-old Frenchman’s case, the antibiotics he had been prescribed since childhood were no longer effective against incessant infections caused by Pseudomonas aergonisa, a bacteria now classified as a superbug.

Instead, Diaz (not his real name) travelled to Georgia, a former Soviet state on the Black Sea, to undergo phage therapy, a medical treatment he

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