The Age of Precision Medicine

Glen de Vries, co-CEO and co-founder of Medidata, the most-used platform for clinical trials around the world, shares insights from his new book coming out on September 14, 2020, titled “The Patient Equation: The Precision Medicine Revolution in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond”.

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Adarza Biosystems – ZIVA™ Platform

Bryan Witherbee, CEO of Adarza Biosystems discusses ZIVA™, a label-free protein detection platform that can accurately test 100s of protein from a single drop of blood in a time and cost-efficient manner. While the initial launch of ZIVA was focused on biomarker detection in cancer, they have changed direction to assist in vaccine development and immunosurveillance following COVID-19 and they are now applying this technology in the quantification of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 antibodies and other upper respiratory pathogens.

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Active Living Awareness Initiative – A Clinician Perspective

Dr. Kendra Grubb, surgical director of the Emory Structural Heart and Valve Center in Atlanta discusses data from a national survey released by patient advocacy group Heart-Valve-Surgery.com and supported by Medtronic, of more than 3400 heart valve patients and caregivers about managing heart valve disease and how a return to “active living” is key in their treatment decision.  The findings from the survey were the impetus for the “Active Living” Initiative.

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Lineage Cell Therapeutics – Cell Therapy Programs

Brian Culley, CEO of Lineage Cell Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, discusses the three cell therapy programs they currently have in clinical trials: OpRegen – a cell replacement therapy for the treatment of advanced dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD), OPC1 – a cell replacement therapy for the treatment of acute spinal cord injuries, and VAC2 – an allogeneic cancer immunotherapy for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). 

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Back to School with Pediatric Life-Threatening Allergies

Dr. Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, a pediatric allergist, discusses potential challenges children with life-threatening food allergies may face as they return to school during the pandemic, recommendations for parents, teachers, and children, and options for treating severe food allergies such as an epinephrine auto-injector like kaleo’s AUVI-Q® (epinephrine injection, SP) which is the only compact epinephrine auto-injector with a voice instruction system that helps guide patients and caregivers step-by-step through the injection process and can be mailed directly to people’s homes – an ideal option for social distancing.

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Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD) Clinical Trial Program

Dr. Kathleen Hawker, M.D., Group Medical Director, Neuroscience at Genentech discusses the recent FDA approval of Enspryng™ (satralizumab-mwge) and the findings from the clinical trial program for the treatment of adults living with anti-aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibody-positive NMOSD, a rare disabling neurological disorder often misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis. She explains the unique mechanism of action of IL-6 receptor activity (which is believed to be a clinical hallmark of NMOSD) and the novel recycling technology which allows for subcutaneous dosing every four weeks. 

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White Matter Free Water Biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Maxime Descoteaux, Co-founder and CSO of Imeka, “the only company to combine diffusion and AI to map white matter integrity” discusses the use of white matter free water biomarker in Alzheimer’s disease and why scientists should change their focus from grey matter to white matter when it comes to evaluating Alzheimer’s disease.  He also comments on MRI’s analyzed from INmune Bio’s XPro1595Phase 1b Clinical Trial.

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COVID Patient Designed Breathing Machine to Help Others with Illness

Dr. Matthew Putman, Ph.D., co-founder, and CEO of Nanotronics, a science technology company, tells of his personal battle with COVID-19 and how he was inspired to create a bilevel positive airway pressure machine (BiPAP) device called nHale.  The device is designed for comfort and ease-of-use with the simplicity of one button. It’s designed for use in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, such as emergency care spaces for COVID-19 patients, prison infirmaries, and nursing care facilities.

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