Marta Figueiredo, PhD, science writer —

Marta holds a biology degree, a master’s in evolutionary and developmental biology, and a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. She was awarded a research scholarship and a PhD scholarship, and her research focused on the role of several signaling pathways in thymus and parathyroid glands embryonic development. She also previously worked as an assistant professor of an annual one-week embryology course at the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine.

Articles by Marta Figueiredo

Inhaled PRS-220 Aims to Treat Both IPF and ‘Long COVID’ PF

Pieris Pharmaceuticals plans to start clinical development of PRS-220 in 2022 for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) — and also will advance the investigative, inhaled therapy for “long COVID” PF, or post-COVID-19 pulmonary fibrosis, the company said. The clinical development of PRS-220 for long COVID pulmonary fibrosis will be…

Work Stops on Fezagepras, or PBI-4050, as Potential IPF Treatment

Liminal BioSciences is stopping the clinical development of its investigative oral therapy fezagepras (PBI-4050) for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), based on interim pharmacological data from a Phase 1 clinical trial testing it at ascending doses in healthy volunteers. The decision comes less than a month after the company announced plans…

Changes in Blood Cell Ratios Linked to Worse Outcomes

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients showing greater changes in blood cell ratios often used as markers of inflammation are at higher risk of lung function decline, respiratory hospitalization, and death, according to a post-hoc analysis of data from several Phase 3 clinical trials. Notably, these associations were more pronounced…

Galapagos Advances GLPG4617 Into Phase 2 Trial

In a move that refocuses its clinical pipeline, Galapagos is discontinuing the development of GLPG1205, its experimental therapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and advancing its most recent IPF candidate, GLPG4617, into a Phase 2 clinical trial. These and other decisions toward a “more risk-balanced pipeline” are…

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