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

Analysis of Lung Tissue Reveals Important Genetic Drivers of IPF

An analysis of gene activity profiles in lung tissue has identified important drivers of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The genes discovered in this integrative analysis may predict disease outcomes and be used as potential therapeutic targets for new anti-fibrotic treatments, according to researchers. The study, “Integrative…

Fewer GI Side Effects Seen in Study of Oral LYT-100 vs Esbriet

About half of the healthy older adults given PureTech’s anti-fibrotic therapy LYT-100 (deupirfenidone) were less likely to report gastrointestinal (GI) side effects compared with those given Esbriet (pirfenidone), according to a recent crossover study. Based on these findings, data to date from LYT-100’s clinical program and regulatory feedback, the…

MannKind, Thirona Bio Extending Joint Work on Inhalable PF Therapy

MannKind Corporation has extended its collaboration with Thirona Bio to continue work toward an inhaled therapy for fibrotic diseases affecting the lungs, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Under a collaboration established last year, the companies are evaluating the therapeutic potential of FBM5712, an investigational medicine designed to…

Eucalyptus Compound Found to Reduce Lung Damage in PF Sheep

Pinocembrin, a compound isolated from eucalyptus trees, significantly reduced the signs and symptoms of lung damage in a sheep model of pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a study demonstrated. “We found that pinocembrin improved lung function, attenuated [eased the effect of] lung inflammation, and decreased overall pathology scores compared to damaged…

Pressure-Treated Yeast Fiber Compounds May Benefit IPF Patients

An inhalable therapeutic is being developed using pressure-treated yeast beta-glucan for people with COVID-19 as well as other severe lung diseases, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Beta-glucans are fiber compounds that are naturally found in the cell walls of grains, bacteria, and fungi, such as yeast. Ceapro, a biotechnology…

Similar Outcomes for IPF Patients Found for Esbriet, Ofev in Analysis

People with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) had the same mortality and hospitalization rates, and incurred similar healthcare costs, whether they were treated with Esbriet (pirfenidone) or Ofev (nintedanib), a German insurance claims analysis showed. However, the analysis — conducted over five years and involving more than 1,000 patients…

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