Patricia Inácio, PhD, science writer —

Patricia holds her PhD in cell biology from the University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, and has served as an author on several research projects and fellowships, as well as major grant applications for European agencies. She also served as a PhD student research assistant in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University, New York, for which she was awarded a Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) fellowship.

Articles by Patricia Inácio

NP-120 Eases Cough in IPF Patients, Top-line Data Show

Algernon Pharmaceuticals’ experimental oral therapy NP-120 (ifenprodil) significantly reduced coughing in people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to a new analysis of top-line data from a proof-of-concept Phase 2a clinical trial. The analysis showed the therapy was much more effective at easing cough than previously reported. NP-120’s “potential…

TTI-101 Receives FDA’s Orphan Drug Status for IPF

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug status to Tvardi Therapeutics’ TTI-101 for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). TTI-101 is a small molecule, given orally, that acts as a direct inhibitor of STAT3, an inflammatory protein that plays a role in the…

High-Flow Oxygen Therapy Can Boost Exercise for Select IPF Patients

Supplementary oxygen using a high‐flow nasal cannula boosts exercise endurance more effectively than standard devices in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients with suboptimal blood-oxygen levels, a small trial reported. The study, “Impact of high-flow oxygen therapy during exercise in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: a pilot crossover clinical trial,” was…

First IPF Patient Enrolled in Phase 2b Trial of Oral HZN-825

The first patient has been enrolled in a pivotal Phase 2b trial investigating the safety and effectiveness of Horizon Therapeutics’ oral medicine candidate HZN-825 in people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The trial (NCT05032066) aims to enroll approximately 360 people with IPF, ages 18–80, whose disease symptoms…

Phase 1 Trial of Cudetaxestat as IPF Combo in Healthy Adults Opens

A Phase 1 trial assessing how cudetaxestat, an investigational treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), interacts with two approved IPF treatments, Ofev (nintedanib) and Esbriet (pirfenidone), is now enrolling healthy volunteers, Blade Therapeutics, the therapy’s developer, announced. The trial (NCT04939467) is aiming to enroll 86 healthy adults, ages 18 to 55.

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