Two months removed from winning European approval for its lead drug, Italian biotech Newron Pharmaceuticals has raised $25.5 million to jump-start its pipeline assets, pushing forward with a stable of CNS candidates.
Levodopa is often the drug of choice to mitigate the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, but getting the treatment into the bloodstream can be challenging because of the erratic muscle movement in Parkinson's patients' digestion systems. AbbVie's gel-based Duopa is designed to improve absorption of levodopa in the small intestine, and researchers at the University of Kentucky recently demonstrated long-term safety and efficacy of the delivery method.
A team of investigators at the Florida branch of Scripps Research Institute says that a little-understood enzyme known as serum glucocorticoid kinase 1 could play a role in preventing or treating Parkinson's disease.
The FDA wants to know how price comparisons in advertising affect people's perceptions of drug quality. The agency's Office of Prescription Drug Promotion is planning a new study to assess how diabetes patients and their doctors react to direct-to-consumer advertisements that feature price info.
In a small study, an early-stage Parkinson's treatment from partners Prothena and Roche reduced levels of a protein with ties to the memory-destroying disease, sending the former company's shares up about 40%.
Portuguese researchers are developing and testing a smart, portable system to manage Parkinson's disease in real time. The so-called Rempark system has been tested on more than 50 volunteers from Spain, Italy, Ireland and Israel, reports Medical Xpress. Unlike previous studies, these outpatients lived at home and used the device in real-world conditions.
Kees Been has banked the $20 million round needed to move a bold new development program for delaying or preventing Parkinson's toward the clinic. And the veteran biotech CEO at the helm of Lysosomal Therapeutics Inc. is moving forward with a group of high-profile backers in his corner.
Belgian drugmaker UCB has inked a $480 million deal to team up with Neuropore Therapies on some early-stage treatments for Parkinson's disease.
The FDA just approved AbbVie's novel formulation of the standard Parkinson's drugs carbidopa and levodopa, Duopa, which is delivered straight into the patient's small intestine over 16 consecutive hours using an infusion pump and procedurally placed tube.
AbbVie picked up FDA approval for Duopa, an extended-release combination of two standard Parkinson's disease treatments that relies on an external pump.