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Biosimilars

Biologics, especially antibodies, are important cancer therapeutics that have significantly improved outcomes for a number of solid tumors. However, biologics are considerably more costly than small-molecule drugs; in part because they are more complex to manufacture,...

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Metformin Linked to Birth Defects

Metformin is, under brand name Glucophage, a well-established drug to treat type 2 diabetes.  Oncology also has an interest in metformin as observational studies suggest a survival benefit for people with hormone dependent cancers, including ovarian, breast and...

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Standard Time 0 – 2 Daylight Saving

Just recently Californians suffered again through the switch to daylight saving time. Although in 2018, 60% of California voters supported Proposition 7, which would give lawmakers the power to end the switching of the clocks, the gears of government are working...

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New Approvals for Cancer Treatments

In 2021, FDA approved more than 60 oncology drugs and biologics including dangling accelerated Approvals, drug dosing, new approvals and more. This recently published article coauthored by FDA’s Steven Lemery and Richard Pazdur provides a nice summary of FDA...

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Progress Towards Universal Influenza Vaccine

Influenza vaccines typically coax the immune system to generate antibodies that recognize the head of hemagglutinin (HA), a protein that extends outward from the surface of the flu virus. The head is the most accessible regions of HA, making it a good target for the...

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Its 2022 – Happy New Year!

It is January of 2022 and the Somatek team wishes all colleagues and friends a happy, healthy, prosperous, and peaceful New Year!! Looking back at 2021 Somatek is happy to report another successful year. The business grew again significantly and revenue was up almost...

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The Interesting World of mRNA Vaccines

The Scientist published under the title "Moderna vs. Pfizer: Is There a “Best” mRNA Vaccine?" an interesting summary of the current data on effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. As a somewhat accidental member of #team Moderna this helps to...

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A New Type of Antibody –

For a long time 5 antibody types have been known in mammals, IgG, IgM, IgA, IgE, and IgD, with IgG being the work horse in biotechnology. So it drew our attention that a group at Duke University has described a new type of anti-glycan antibody that binds to a patch of...

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