Moderna’s CEO Stéphane Bancel spoke at the Boston College Chief Executives Club on April 5. While COVID-19 vaccine production was a big talking point for the leader of Moderna, he also touched on how mRNA technology can usher us into a longer life span, saying that he tells all of his friends to “not die” in the next ten years.

BlueWillow Biologics demonstrated the safety and immunogenicity in humans of the company’s intranasal technology, which CEO Chad Costley said is the only adjuvanted intranasal platform that is not virus-based.

New research out of Harvard University strongly suggests that infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the leading cause of a debilitating disease of the brain and CNS – multiple sclerosis.   

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago published what they are calling a “first of its kind study” that found a possible direct link between neurodegenerative diseases and the herpesvirus.

AstraZeneca and Merck announced positive five-year follow-up data from the Phase III SOLO-1 trial which demonstrated a long-term progression-free survival benefit of Lynparza as a first-line maintenance treatment in patients with newly diagnosed, advanced BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer who were in complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy.

Roche received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the company’s cobas 6800/8800 diagnostic tests for transplant patients.

A review of recently published scientific studies includes a look at the potential of using flu and pneumonia vaccines to decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

A review of some recently published scientific studies, including researchers at the University of Maryland Baltimore County identifying a single nucleotide that controls two forms of the HIV virus’ RNA.

An international team of researchers led by the University of Manchester developed a new antiviral using natural glucose derivatives called cyclodextrins – a type of sugar – which shows promise in treating a broad range of viruses including herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus, hepatitis C, HIV and Zika virus.

Merix Pharmaceutical Corp. announced the company’s proprietary botanical extract formula VIRACEA was found to be highly active against HSV-1 and HSV-2 in laboratory testing.