Steve Bryson, PhD, science writer —

Steve holds a PhD in biochemistry from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. As a medical scientist for 18 years, he worked in both academia and industry, where his research focused on the discovery of new vaccines and medicines to treat inflammatory disorders and infectious diseases. Steve is a published author in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals and a patented inventor.

Articles by Steve Bryson

Study Testing App to Ease Anxiety Opens Nationwide Enrollment

The first-of-its-kind Vicore COMPANION Study is now recruiting participants across the U.S. to test Almee, a new artificial intelligence (AI) app designed to help people with pulmonary fibrosis (PF) manage their anxiety. Developed by Vicore Pharma, Almee is an investigational digital cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that uses…

New Saniona Treatment for IPF Ready for Phase 1 Clinical Testing

Following the successful completion of preclinical studies, Saniona is now ready to initiate the regulatory process needed to start testing SAN903 — its therapy candidate for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and other disorders — in Phase 1 human trials. “Preclinical data for SAN903 are very compelling,” Thomas Feldthus,…

First Patient Enrolled in Phase 3 Trial Testing BI 1015550

Boehringer Ingelheim has enrolled the first patient in FIBRONEER-IPF, a Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of BI 1015550, an investigational therapy for people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The trial is part of the FIBRONEER global program, which also includes FIBRONEER-ILD, a similar Phase…

Piceatannol, Natural Compound, Seen to Ease PF Markers in Mice

Piceatannol, a natural compound with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, eased the signs and symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis (PF) in mice, a study reported. According to its researchers, these findings indicate that piceatannol could be a promising treatment candidate for PF. The study, “Piceatannol-mediated JAK2/STAT3 signaling pathway inhibition…

Computer-analyzed CT Scans May Help With Early IPF Intervention

The risk of future lung-function decline and mortality in people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) can be accurately predicted by a deep learning computer algorithm that evaluates CT scans, a study shows. Accurately determining the risk of progression would support early intervention before irreversible damage has occurred, the researchers…

Molecule Shows Potential to Treat PF in Surprising Manner

The small molecule TH5487 safely and effectively treated pulmonary fibrosis (PF) in a mouse model, a study reported. Although TH5487 is known to block the activity of the DNA repair enzyme OGG1, its anti-fibrotic effects occurred, in part, by reducing the production of OGG1 itself. According to researchers, these…

Aramchol Has Significant Anti-fibrotic Effects in IPF Mouse Model

Aramchol, an investigational therapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), demonstrated significant anti-fibrotic effects in a mouse model. The therapy, developed by Galmed Pharmaceuticals, is currently being evaluated in a Phase 3 clinical trial in people with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, a type of fatty liver disease characterized by…

Ofev for PF-ILD Now Reimbursed in 7 regions of Canada

Ofev (nintedanib), a medicine approved to treat progressive fibrosing interstitial lung disease (PF-ILD), now is available for public reimbursement in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories. The therapy also will be reimbursed through the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program, which provides eligible First…

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