Today’s promising results from Eisai and Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug trial have reignited decades-old hopes that targeting a particular protein helps arrest the progression of the fatal brain disease, giving a big boost to similar studies being run by Roche and Eli Lilly.

An experimental Alzheimer’s drug made by Eisai Co Ltd and Biogen slowed cognitive and functional decline in a large trial of patients in the early stages of the disease, they said on Tuesday, potentially a rare win in a field littered with failed drugs.

Pfizer signaled its interest in longevity research through a new partnership -and a $500,000 investment – in a decentralized drug development program driven by VitaDAO.

Drug development can be done better, faster and less expensively. The industry is facing up to that reality, moving a variety of disruptive innovations forward with the blessing of regulators.

Technology has transformed the industry, significantly expanding pharma pipelines, facilitating more engagement, and empowering patients.

Bioduro-Sundia operates in the United States and China, with more than 2,000 employees and 10 facilities, providing contract research, development and manufacturing outsourcing services.

The FDA’s nod extends Benlysta’s indication in the US, making it the first approved treatment for pediatric lupus nephritis. Benlysta was also the first approved targeted therapy for lupus nephritis in adults in 2011.

“Demand over the next five to 10 years will probably outstrip the current forecasts on supply,” said Thomas Breuer, GSK’s chief global health officer.

To most, roundworms, or C. elegans, are just that: microscopic worms that live beneath our feet in the soil. But to scientists and researchers, roundworms are the cornerstone of scientific discoveries that have helped shape how we understand human disease and treatment.

Ashfield and Huntsworth unite their full suite of advisory, medical, marketing, communications and patient and stakeholder engagement services to create Inizio, a strategic partner to health and life science companies throughout the life cycle of their drug products.