CRISPR

Rice University researchers in Houston used the foundation of CRISPR/Cas9 technology to develop “drive-and-process” arrays, or DAP for short. The name may be simple, but the technology is complex and could be as groundbreaking as its predecessor. DAP is a mechanism that enables the editing of multiple DNA sites – rather than one at a time – to comprehensively reverse polygenic diseases resulting from multiple genetic predispositions.

Elon Musk’s Neuralink was beaten to the clinic by a rival brain-computer interface company. Synchron enrolled the first patient in the COMMAND study that will assess the New York-based company’s implant in individuals with severe paralysis.

For years, researchers have been moving towards decentralized clinical trials (DCTs), and in a matter of months, COVID-19 changed the trajectory. Clinical operations teams and investigator sites around the world rose to the challenge and worked quickly to deploy new tactics to serve their study participants. The resulting reward is that DCTs, which can be leveraged smartly to reduce participant burden and improve recruitment and retention, are now becoming more widely adopted in design considerations. But rewards bring about new risks and challenges, and DCTs create new concerns for monitoring participant safety. Dario Lirio – Senior Director, LifeSphere Clinical at ArisGlobal – analyzes the risks and rewards of DCTs.

Klick Health debuted The Mother of All Reviews, an emotional new video paying tribute to working moms in advance of Mother’s Day, and acknowledging the extra load they have shouldered throughout the pandemic. The video was produced in support of nonprofit Path Forward to help empower moms to restart their careers.

A recent CVS Health/Morning Consult survey of Americans age 18+ found that mental health concerns are continuing to rise among individuals of all backgrounds, especially Black, age 65+, young adult, and LGBTQIA+ respondents.

Elon Musk struck a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion. Although a somewhat unconventional character, sleeping at the Tesla headquarters and eschewing wealthy materialism, make no mistake that Musk’s successful track record in business shows how significant Twitter may become under his leadership. While no one knows for sure what will be, Casey Ross – Social Media Strategy Director at FCB Health New York – looks at some of the issues Musk has publicly called out, and their potential implications for advertisers.

PharmaLive talked to Gerald Martinetz at Mindbreeze regarding how data is transforming R&D in the metaverse.

This paper explains the challenges patients face in traditional trial settings as well as how Aparito overcomes these challenges; how remote video is able to capture real-world evidence (RWE) while improving the patient experience; and how Aparito provides more meaningful patient data while protecting patient privacy.

Halozyme Therapeutics announced that the company is acquiring Antares Pharma for $960 million in cash. The news caused Antares stock to rocket 47 percent in premarket trading on April 13.

A new research study by Klick Health and ThinkNow reveals significant cultural differences in the way Hispanics deal with their health – reinforcing the need for cross-cultural marketing programs by healthcare companies targeting this growing population segment.