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8/3/2020

More than $1 billion in investments have been made to boost California's supply of renewable natural gas, according to research by Gladstein, Neandross and Associates, a clean-technology consulting firm. The report forecasts the operation of 160 RNG production facilities in the state by January 2021.

7/31/2020

The Trump administration is sending more COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment to COVID-19 hotspots across the country as part of its "Embers Strategy," meant to stop local outbreaks from flaring up. As part of the initiative, the administration's top health officials will discuss COVID-19 mitigation with local media, focusing on areas with 5% to 10% test positivity rates.

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7/31/2020

A poll conducted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists showed that 33% of 131 respondents reported that their supply of remdesivir was insufficient to treat all patients with COVID-19 infections eligible for the drug. The survey also found that 16% said they still had supplies of dexamethasone but these were only sufficient for less than seven days.

7/31/2020

The FDA has released new guidance targeting the repackaging of solid oral drugs into unit-dose containers. Under the guidance, companies must perform the repackaging and storage in "an environment that is consistent with the conditions described in the original drug product's labeling," and the original labeling must not include any repackaging warning.

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Regulatory Focus
7/31/2020

Alpna Seth set up Biogen's European biosimilars business, served as chief operating officer of Vir, and now leads Nura Bio, which recently brought in $73 million in a Series A round for preclinical work on axonal degeneration inibitors. Axon degeneration and neuronal loss are linked to a number of neurodegenerative diseases, which Seth calls "a very underserved space."

7/31/2020

Biologist Adrienne Starks will serve on the grant committee of the Equality Can't Wait Challenge, a $30 million initiative to expand women's power and influence in the US, backed by Melinda Gates and MacKenzie Scott's Pivotal Ventures. Starks is the founder of STREAM Innovations, a nonprofit that encourages students to study science, technology, reading, engineering arts and mathematics.

7/31/2020

Geeta Vemuri is one of only four women who have founded a biopharma-focused venture capital group, collectively accounting for about 1.1% of available venture capital. Vemuri managed $300 million at Baxter and Baxalta Ventures, and in 2016 founded Agent Capital, leading investments in 14 companies, four of which have gone public.

7/31/2020

Breast cancer incidence rates are highest in countries with the highest United Nations Development Program human development indexes, while the highest breast cancer mortality rates are in low and medium HDI countries, researchers reported in The Lancet Global Health. The study authors say the findings point to "wide inequities in breast cancer care."

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7/31/2020

AstraZeneca's Tagrisso, or osimertinib, has been tagged for accelerated review after receiving breakthrough therapy status from the FDA. The drug is an adjuvant treatment for patients with early-stage epidermal growth factor receptor-mutated non-small cell lung cancer who have undergone complete tumor resection.

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7/31/2020

Johnson and Johnson debuted augmented reality technology in China that allows contact lens wearers to try on their Define brand virtually. The technology allows patients to see how the lenses will highlight their eye color.

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