Innovation, Research & Development

Health and life sciences consultancy Vintura launches in UK

Health and life sciences consultancy Vintura launches in UK. Dutch management consulting firm Vintura has launched in the United Kingdom, marking its first international operation since teaming up with PharmaLex. Founded in 2000, Vintura is a boutique consultancy dedicated to the sectors of healthcare and pharma & life sciences. The firm’s 30 consultants bring deep industry expertise to the table, and help their clients with services including strategy, commercial operations, partnerships, performance improvement, value-based healthcare and programme management. On the back of [...]

French firm Sanofi indicted over epilepsy drug Depakine

French firm Sanofi indicted over epilepsy drug Depakine. AFP In 2018 aggrieved parents protested against Sanofi French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi is being investigated for possible manslaughter charges in France over the deaths of four babies whose mothers took the anti-epilepsy drug valproate. Marketed in France as Depakine, it was found to carry a high risk of birth defects if taken by pregnant women. Sanofi denies wrongdoing and says it warned of the potential risks long ago. It is already being prosecuted in France for allegedly [...]

Coronavirus: Study says one in six have had COVID-19 in London, one in 20 across UK

Coronavirus: Study says one in six have had COVID-19 in London, one in 20 across UK. Experts are still unsure what level of immunity recovering from the disease gives people and how long it might last.           Antibody tests have been hailed as a way of easing lockdown At least 5% of people in the UK have now developed COVID-19 antibodies, with the number rising to 17% in London, a study has found. Health Secretary Matt Hancock gave the results of the study at the [...]

Coronavirus: Genetic study assesses effect on different people

Coronavirus: Genetic study assesses effect on different people. GETTY IMAGES Researchers are to study the genetic codes of severely-ill Covid-19 patients to find out why the disease affects some people more than others. The Edinburgh University-led programme will identify the specific genes that cause a predisposition to the disease. It will allow the genome sequencing of up 20,000 people who have been in intensive care with Covid-19, and 15,000 who have mild symptoms. The findings will then be used to suggest potential treatments. Results from [...]

Remdesivir: Drug has ‘clear cut’ power to fight coronavirus

Remdesivir: Drug has 'clear cut' power to fight coronavirus. GETTY IMAGES There is "clear-cut" evidence that a drug can help people recover from the coronavirus, say US officials. Remdesivir cut the duration of symptoms from 15 days down to 11 in a clinical trial at hospitals around the world. The full details have not been published, but experts said it would be a "fantastic result" if confirmed, but not a "magic bullet" for the disease. A drug would have the potential to save lives, [...]