CytoDyn announces first site in the southeastern USA to enroll patients in Phase 2 coronavirus trial

Proactive Investors | April 08, 2020

The Novant Health network cares for around 5 million patients a year at nearly 700 locations, including 15 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. CytoDyn Inc (OTCQB:CYDY), the late stage biotech, said partner Novant Health has started enrolling patients in the company's Phase 2 randomized clinical trial using leronlimab for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients with mild-to-moderate symptoms. Novant Health is the second trial site in the USA and the first site in the southeastern US to initiate this Phase 2 trial. Earlier on Wednesday, it was reported that the death toll from the virus in the US now stands at nearly 13,000 and there were nearly 2,000 deaths between Tuesday and Wednesday. New York state alone recorded 731 deaths on Tuesday.

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DNA could store all of the world's data in one room. And as long as human societies are reading and writing DNA, they will be able to decode it. “DNA won't degrade over time like cassette tapes and CDs, and it won't become obsolete,” says Yaniv Erlich, a computer scientist at Columbia University.

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DNA could store all of the world's data in one room. And as long as human societies are reading and writing DNA, they will be able to decode it. “DNA won't degrade over time like cassette tapes and CDs, and it won't become obsolete,” says Yaniv Erlich, a computer scientist at Columbia University.

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Gator Bio | September 15, 2021

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Pfizer Invests $120 Million in Four Clinical-stage Biotech Companies Through the Pfizer Breakthrough Growth Initiative

Pfizer | January 15, 2021

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Sestina Bio | October 17, 2020

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