A transatlantic team of researchers says that they have identified a new pathway in the brain that plays a critical role in signaling hypoglycemia. And they add that it's a solid target for drug researchers working in the blockbuster field.
Shanghai's Hua Medicine hauled in a $25 million B round to advance its work on a new treatment for diabetes, bringing in investors from the U.S. and China as it moves toward late-stage development.
Investigators at Baylor College of Medicine say that new animal research indicates that a certain type of T cell found in the immune system could be a good target for drug developers spotlighting Type 2 diabetes triggered by obesity as well as insulin resistance.
Roche's Lucentis may now have a bigger jump on Eylea in diabetic retinopathy. The Swiss drugmaker's Genentech unit won the FDA's "breakthrough" designation for that indication on Monday. And Lucentis was already on the FDA's priority review track, with a decision date in February.
Brown fat is once again providing clues in how to treat metabolic disorders like diabetes. A group of investigators at the University of Michigan followed up on earlier studies that have examined the role of brown fat in burning calories. Their work led them to NRG4, a hormone secreted by brown fat that may play a role as a messenger with the liver in regulating the conversion of sugar into fat, according to the university.
Just a few weeks after claiming success with a pair of late-stage studies of its prolonged dosing approach to diabetes, Boston-based Intarcia has followed up with a billion dollar-plus sized commercialization deal for ex-U.S. and Japan commercial rights with France's Servier.
For another clue to the unrest on Sanofi's board, take a look at the third-quarter earnings report. There's not much red ink on the page, that's true: Sales are up 4%. Earnings up 8%. CEO Chris Viehbacher's growth platforms surged by 10%. The trouble lies in Viehbacher's canned quote.
Virginia's Health Diagnostic Laboratory and the University of Utah are zeroing in on fasting levels of simple blood biomarkers that may enable quicker diagnosis of diabetes risks than current standards of care.
Plenty of drugmakers are chasing opportunity in diabetes. The fast-growing epidemic means new therapies are sorely needed. But dealing with diabetes directly isn't the only strategy. Regeneron figures it can score by treating some of the disease's long-term complications.
Since 2007, the wholesale cost for a one-month supply of insulin product Humulin has gone from about $220 to approximately $1,200, MedPage Today reports.