Author Archives: Marisa Wexler MS

Lung Function Not Closely Linked to Walking Ability in IPF

Severely reduced lung function is not closely related to walking ability in people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a new study indicates. The findings also point to a need to include patients with severely reduced lung function in IPF clinical trials, researchers said. The study, “Idiopathic…

United Therapeutics Sponsors PFF Registry

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) announced that United Therapeutics will sponsor the PFF Registry. The Registry is a research resource that tracks clinical data, samples, and patient-reported outcomes from people living with pulmonary fibrosis in the U.S. According to the PFF, United Therapeutics’ sponsorship of the Registry…

$2.4M NIH Grant Supports Boston Team Creating Cell Model for IPF

A four-year, $2.4 million federal grant given investigators at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) will support work to create a 3D cell model system helping to explain the processes that initiate and drive the progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). According to a press release, the project will be…

OSIC Announces Winners of Pulmonary Fibrosis Progression Challenge

The Open Source Imaging Consortium (OSIC), a nonprofit collaborative group focused on combatting lung diseases, announced the winners of a competition that challenged scientists to design artificial intelligence (AI) programs that predict lung function decline in people with pulmonary fibrosis. Broadly, AI refers to computer systems that are able…

Treprostinil Earns FDA Orphan Drug Designation for Treating IPF

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted treprostinil orphan drug designation for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Orphan drug designation is given to therapies with the potential to substantially improve treatment for rare diseases (conditions affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S.). The designation…

Partnership to Advance in Testing OATD-01, Potential IPF Therapy

Galapagos and OncoArendi Therapeutics have entered into an exclusive agreement for the global development and commercialization of OncoArendi’s OATD-01, an investigational treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and other fibrotic diseases. Lung diseases like IPF are characterized by increased activity of enzymes called…