The first study to directly compare immune reactions between Pfizer’s and AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccines found strong and broadly similar antibody responses in over-80-year-olds after a first dose of either shot, scientists said on April 14.

Eleven months after launching with $60 million in hand, Ventus Therapeutics raised another $100 million to drive the company’s pipeline toward the clinic.

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR-T) therapy is one of the biggest cancer therapy breakthroughs of our time, but as with any precise science, there is still some fine-tuning to be done to overcome safety risks, limited payload capacity and the prohibitive cost of manufacturing.

A critical component of the immune system known as T cells that respond to fight infection from the original version of the novel coronavirus appear to also protect against three of the most concerning new virus variants, according to a U.S. laboratory study released on March 30.

In the RELATIVITY-047 Phase II/III trial combining Bristol Myers Squibb’s Opdivo with the anti-LAG-3 antibody relatlimab, the drug mashup met the study’s primary goal for progression-free survival compared to use of the blockbuster brand alone in metastatic melanoma patients.

Johnson & Johnson will launch the newly approved drug Ponvory for adults with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) in the United States during early April 2021 at a similar price point to rival treatments, the company’s Janssen Pharmaceutical unit said on March 19.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Genentech’s Actemra (tocilizumab) for slowing the rate of decline in pulmonary function in adults with systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved G1 Therapeutics’ Cosela (trilaciclib) for injection to decrease the damage to the immune system and bone marrow from chemotherapy.

Stephen Byers, Ph.D., associate director and professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi, and his team published a paper in the journal Gastroenterology regarding their findings of a novel target for pancreatic cancer therapy.

Previous infection with the coronavirus may offer less protection against the new variant first identified in South Africa, although scientists hope that vaccines will still work.