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Engineered stem cells could regenerate damaged tissue in PF

Scientists have developed a way to use engineered specialized stem cells to regenerate healthy airway tissues, offering a potential avenue for treating chronic lung diseases like pulmonary fibrosis (PF). In a pair of proof-of-concept preclinical studies published in Cell Stem Cell, scientists described how they engineered lung stem…

Supporters poised to ‘strike a pose’ for PF Awareness Month

Supporters are gearing up to mark Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month, set aside every September, to call attention to the rare lung disease that affects more than 250,000 individuals in the U.S. and 400,000 in Europe. For its part, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF), with its campaign theme “Embrace Your…

FDA approves new Esbriet generic from Lupin for IPF

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new generic version of Esbriet (pirfenidone) for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to an announcement by Lupin, the global pharmaceutical company that will market the medication. As with the brand name medicine, Lupin‘s generic will be available…

Pliant launches Phase 2b trial of oral bexotegrast in IPF

Bexotegrast, an oral anti-fibrotic treatment candidate from Pliant Therapeutics, is being assessed in a Phase 2b clinical trial in people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Called BEACON-IPF, it intends to recruit about 270 patients at clinical sites around the globe. Details on site locations and when recruitment will start…

Stem cell-Ofev combo eased lung scarring in mice

Treatment with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) bound to tiny vesicles loaded with Ofev’s active ingredient reduced lung inflammation and scarring while  promoting lung tissue repair in a mouse model of pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a study has shown. This combination strategy worked better than Ofev alone in both young…