Author Archives: Marisa Wexler MS

Chiesi Acquires Zampilimab, Antibody to Potentially Treat IPF

Chiesi announced it has secured from UCB rights to zampilimab, a monoclonal antibody being investigated to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and other fibrotic diseases. Under the agreement, Chiesi acquired global exclusive rights to develop and manufacture the potential antifibrotic therapy, and to market it should it be approved.

New Docuseries Highlights Efforts to Advance Care for Lung Diseases

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) has premiered a docuseries called “Helping the World to Breathe,” showcasing the society’s commitment to advancing care for people with lung diseases. Over 16 episodes, the series highlights stories from clinicians, researchers, and patients collaborating to advance care. For example, scientists and patients at…

NIH Funds Research Into Immune Mechanisms to Reverse Fibrosis

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a grant to support research into immune mechanisms that could allow for the reversal of fibrosis, or tissue scarring, in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The $469,034 award went to Narendiran Rajasekaran, PhD, and Archana Varadaraj, PhD, both of whom are assistant…

Reviva to Seek Clearance for Phase 2 Trials of Brilaroxazine

Reviva Pharmaceuticals is planning to seek the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) permission to begin Phase 2 clinical trials testing its investigational therapy brilaroxazine in people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). “We … expect to begin regulatory submissions to the FDA…

Agomab Acquires Origo Biopharma, Will Develop Fibrosis Therapies

Agomab Therapeutics and Origo Biopharma are joining forces to develop new therapies for pulmonary fibrosis (PF) and other conditions caused by excessive tissue scarring, or fibrosis. “Agomab and Origo share a common vision that targeting growth factors has tremendous disease-modifying potential,” Tim Knotnerus, Agomab’s CEO, said in…

Discuss Palliative Care Soon After Diagnosis, PF Foundation Urges

Healthcare providers should broach the topic of palliative care — specialized care that may or may not include hospice — with pulmonary fibrosis (PF) patients shortly after they are diagnosed, according to a position statement recently issued by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). “Soon after diagnosis, discussions of…

Current Smokers at Higher Risk of IPF Than Former Smokers

Smoking cigarettes substantially increases the risk of developing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to a population-based study conducted in Korea. The findings indicate the risk of IPF is greater in current smokers, compared with people who used to smoke but have since quit. The study, “Impact…

RXC007 for IPF Showing Favorable Safety in Ongoing Phase 1 Trial

RXC007, an investigational oral therapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), is showing favorable safety and pharmacological properties in an ongoing Phase 1 trial in healthy volunteers. The experimental therapy being developed by Redx Pharma works by blocking the activity of ROCK2, a protein involved in a signaling cascade that…

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