Diabetes and obesity remain a problem, even during a pandemic. Eli Lilly is developing 13 diabetes drugs in Phase I through Phase III trials, with data from various trials planned for release throughout 2020.

W2O reported 2019 revenue increased by 26 percent to $223 million from $177 million in 2018 and improved operating profit.

Unlisted Covis Pharma B.V. started a late-stage U.S. randomized trial of the company’s asthma drug Alvesco in non-hospitalized patients with symptomatic COVID-19, hoping the inhaled drug treats symptoms and limits viral replication.

AstraZeneca reported plans to manufacture as much as 30 million doses of the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine for the U.K. market by September 2020, with expectations of 100 million doses by the end of the year.

Early data from Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine – the first to be tested in the United States – showed that it produced protective antibodies in a small group of healthy volunteers, the company said.

As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, biopharma and biotech companies are approaching the fight with various weapons – repurposed drugs, antivirals, vaccines and clinical antibodies. One of the companies deeply involved in clinical antibody development against COVID-19 is San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics.

For many of us, we’re entering week 8 of Work From Home during the Covid-19 crisis. It’s been inspiring to see all those in the healthcare communications universe innovate and remain motivated to continue our critical work during these challenging times. It’s fair to say that now, more than ever, the role of effectively communicating the research, development, administration and efficacy of drug therapies is paramount to successfully navigating the world through this pandemic and beyond. We invite all families to join us virtually, for our June 18th Med Ad News Manny Awards #FamilyStyle! This year’s Manny Awards program will be designed to entertain, engage and educate our growing healthcare communications family. Set your calendars and make a night of it for the entire family to get dressed up for a virtual Black Tie event!

Randall Bolten – longtime Silicon Valley CFO, UC Berkeley Professor and author of the book Painting with Numbers: Presenting Financials and Other Numbers So People Will Understand You – released a research note on updated COVID-19 testing numbers. Broken down by country through May 10, 2020, the United States is not near the top of the pack.

France said the world’s nations would have equal access to any coronavirus vaccine developed by pharmaceuticals giant Sanofi, a day after the CEO suggested that Americans would likely be the first in line.

The White House tapped former GlaxoSmithKline executive Moncef Slaoui to helm the administration’s “Operation Warp Speed” initiative, which has a goal of developing and distributing hundreds of millions of doses of a vaccine against COVID-19.