Nanoparticles may promote cancer metastasis

Phys.org | February 01, 2019

Nanoparticles can be found in processed food (e.g. food additives), consumer products (e.g. sunscreen) and even in medicine. While these tiny particles could have large untapped potential and novel new applications, they may have unintended and harmful side effects, according to a recent study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Specifically, NUS researchers found that cancer nanomedicine, which is designed to kill cancer cells, may accelerate metastasis. Using breast cancer as a model, they discovered that common nanoparticles made from gold, titanium dioxide, silver and silicon dioxide – and also used in nanomedicines – widen the gap between blood vessel cells, making it easier for other cells, such as cancer cells, to go in and out of "leaky" blood vessels. The phenomenon, named 'nanomaterials induced endothelial leakiness' (NanoEL) by the NUS team, accelerates the movement of cancer cells from the primary tumor and also causes circulating cancer cells to escape from blood circulation. This results in the faster establishment of a bigger secondary tumor site and initiates new secondary sites previously not accessible to cancer cells.

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The trigeminal nerve (cranial nerve V) is the main sensory nerve of the head, and carries information about touch, pain, temperature, and proprioception from the face and head. It also has motor functions, which include controlling the muscles of mastication (chewing). In this video, I discuss the anatomy and function of the trigeminal nerve, as well as describe what can happen when the nerve is damaged.

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The trigeminal nerve (cranial nerve V) is the main sensory nerve of the head, and carries information about touch, pain, temperature, and proprioception from the face and head. It also has motor functions, which include controlling the muscles of mastication (chewing). In this video, I discuss the anatomy and function of the trigeminal nerve, as well as describe what can happen when the nerve is damaged.

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AMYRIS TO ACQUIRE MENOLABS FOR MENOPAUSE WELLNESS ACCELERATING GROWTH OF CONSUMER BUSINESS

Amyris, Inc. | January 25, 2022

Amyris, Inc. a leading synthetic biotechnology company accelerating the world's transition to sustainable consumption through its Lab-to-Market™ operating platform announces that it has agreed to exclusive terms to acquire the assets of MenoLabs, LLC, a women-founded company to treat menopause symptoms, drive research for women's health and improve society's understanding of menopause. Amyris previously communicated its intention of launching a new consumer brand to provide science-backed, wellness and personal care products for the high growth menopause market in 2022. The acquisition of MenoLabs will serve as a catalyst to accelerate growth and establish a leadership position in the fast-growing menopause market. MenoLabs, a growing women's wellness brand is focused on addressing perimenopause and menopause symptoms. MenoLabs is one of few companies offering research-backed all-natural treatments of menopause symptoms. Over the past two years, MenoLabs has developed and launched eight products, including its lead product, MenoFit, an all-natural menopause relief supplement. MenoLabs generates a subscription-based, recurring revenue stream via its website, in addition to the Subscribe & Save option offered via the Amazon channel. The company is further expanding its omnichannel by penetrating retail channels in 2022. Additionally, MenoLabs launched MenoLife, a highly rated perimenopause and menopause health tracker app which helps users track and analyze more than 40 menopause-related symptoms. MenoLife also has created an online forum where users can comment and react to posts. Menopause symptoms impact the lives of approximately 25 million women per year and 6,000 women in the U.S. enter perimenopause every day (2.2 million each year). By 2025, there will be over one billion people experiencing menopause in the world or around 12% of the entire world population. Stigma, lack of open discussion, and a small product offering at an affordable price are barriers to care for women. The menopause market was valued at around $15 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach approximately $23 billion by 2028. "We are very impressed with the MenoLabs offering which is synergistic with our science-based approach to real-world health and wellness issues. We are committed to empowering women and creating a platform to support them with our leading science and wellness technology platform. Women deserve products and solutions that work during this period in their lives. Our acquisition of the products and app that the MenoLabs team has built accelerates Amyris' entry into the menopause market. We expect the combination of MenoLabs and the previously announced menopause brand with Naomi Watts to have the potential to deliver an estimated $30 million in revenue in their first year and expect significant growth potential in the years ahead. We continue to execute on our growth strategy diversifying our consumer offering in Clean Beauty, Health and Wellness end-markets, continuing the strong growth momentum from 2021 into the current quarter." John Melo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amyris About Amyris Amyris is a leading synthetic biotechnology company, transitioning the Clean Health & Beauty and Flavors & Fragrances markets to sustainable ingredients through fermentation and the company's proprietary Lab-to-Market™ operating platform. This Amyris platform leverages state-of-the-art machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence, enabling the company to rapidly bring new innovation to market at commercial scale. Amyris ingredients are included in over 20,000 products from the world's top brands, reaching more than 300 million consumers. Amyris also owns and operates a family of consumer brands that is constantly evolving to meet the growing demand for sustainable, effective and accessible products. About MenoLabs MenoLabs was founded to fundamentally change how menopause is addressed. The brand's mission is to provide options to treat menopause symptoms, drive research for women's health and change how society approaches, views and educates around the topic of menopause. MenoLabs has developed a line of all natural, proprietary supplements focused on treating perimenopause and menopause symptoms, in addition to MenoLife, a leading menopause health tracker app that provides women a voice and community. MenoLife also provides symptom tracking to further fuel research and advancements in women's health.

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Merakris and Dept. of Veterans Affairs Sign CRADA Agreement – Clinical Trial for Dermacyte® Wound Care Product To Begin Soon

Merakris Therapeutics | February 09, 2022

Merakris Therapeutics announced that it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to test its investigational drug product, Dermacyte® Amniotic Wound Care Liquid. The VA plans to enroll patients, ages 18-75, in a two-part Phase II clinical study to evaluate Merakris’ first in class subcutaneous – or below the skin – injectable wound healing therapy. The study is designed to address the frequency of administration, safety and efficacy of Dermacyte Liquid in treating non-healing venous stasis ulcers. These types of ulcers are caused by problems with blood flow in the veins of the legs. The therapy consists of an acellular, sterile-filtered human amniotic fluid allograft. It works by stimulating skin cell migration and activating gene expression pathways that promote wound healing. “Wound care can be a huge issue for some of our veterans,” the VA said in a statement. “We are pleased to participate in studies like this one that are designed to contribute to the quality of life of veterans everywhere.” If approved, Dermacyte Liquid will be the first subcutaneous biologic indicated for VSUs, which account for between 60 and 80 percent of all leg ulcers. An estimated 500,000-600,000 people suffer from this condition in the United States each year. Fortune Business Insights forecasts that the global market for treatments will reach close to $5 billion annually by 2026. Merakris said prescreening will begin soon for patients with non-infected VSUs who haven’t improved after at least four weeks of conventional wound therapy. The clinical trial should be underway within the next several weeks. Participants will be randomized 1:1 to receive Dermacyte Liquid either weekly or biweekly in Part 1 of the study. That data will be used to determine dosing frequency for the double-blinded and placebo controlled second part of the study. The second stage will last 12 weeks. Reductions in participants’ VSU wound surface area will be measured against baseline in weeks 4, 8 and 12. Total wound closure also will be evaluated at the end of week 12. “This clinical trial marks a significant milestone for our biotechnology company. Dermacyte Liquid contains the natural biomolecules present in amniotic tissues and fluids, and our data suggest that these components may allow us to usher in a new era of precision wound healing.” Merakris CEO Chris Broderick Broderick said the company has filed patents covering Dermacyte Liquid and its unique mode of action and plans to conduct more clinical studies in the future. About Merakris Merakris Therapeutics – founded in 2016 and headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina – pioneers the use of commercially scalable stem cell-derived biotherapeutic technologies to promote the healing of damaged tissue. Its mission is to improve global patient care and outcomes through regenerative biotechnologies.

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Aesthetics Biomedical® Announces Collaboration with U.S. Dermatology Partners Offering Consumers Luxury Experiential Aesthetic Treatments

Aesthetics Biomedical® Inc. | October 07, 2021

Aesthetics Biomedical® Inc. (ABM), is pleased to announce their long-term partnership with U.S. Dermatology Partners, the largest physician-led dermatology practice in the United States. With years of experience and more than 90+ locations throughout Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia, U.S. Dermatology Partners combines the personal level of care found in private dermatology practices with the benefits of a network of physician experts working closely together. As a result, U.S. Dermatology Partners can provide premier medical and cosmetic dermatological care, along with the latest technology, treatments, and management support. Striving to innovate, generate solid clinical and laboratory research, and to enrich the physician as well as the patient experience are principles that Aesthetics Biomedical® was founded on. It is these foundational principles that have led to our synergy with U.S. Dermatology Partners. -Chief Executive Officer & Founder, MaryAnn Guerra U.S. Dermatology Partners, a pinnacle network of specialty experts found a lifetime partner in excellence and innovation with Aesthetics Biomedical®. Beginning in 2021, U.S. Dermatology Partners installed Vivace® into four initial practices. A pilot project between the two organizations launched the partnership that resulted in over 170 consumer treatments being sold within the first four weeks. U.S. Dermatology Partners and ABM marketed the Vivace Experience® concept with the objective of delivering an immediate ROI supporting the purchase of the initial device for the organization. Vivace® is a primary driver expected to positively impact U.S. Dermatology Partners' market growth exponentially and rapidly, already generating significant revenue in six locations across the US, in under six (6) months. Having access to ongoing knowledge and clinical data is critical to U.S. Dermatology Partners physicians who are committed to continuous and consistent superior patient care. U.S. Dermatology Partners is thrilled to be collaborating with Aesthetics Biomedical® to bring the Vivace Experience® to our patients and our growing network to Aesthetics Biomedical®. We expect the innovative technology and outstanding results that Vivace offers will be well-received by both our physicians and patients and will provide another opportunity to deliver superior care to the communities we serve. - U.S. Dermatology Partners Chief Executive Officer Paul Singh Vivace® is a minimally invasive, FDA-cleared, radiofrequency microneedling treatment that stimulates the natural production of collagen and has been shown by physicians to be effective in alleviating facial wrinkles, fine lines, and tightening the face and neck. Aesthetics Biomedical's Vivace® is currently offered in multiple U.S. Dermatology Partners practices across 50% of the markets nationwide with rapid expansion plans in Q4. ABM will help to drive U.S. Dermatology Partners's practice success with superior technology, devices, and products supported by science, customer-focused market recognition, rigorous and continuing education, and strong continuous return on investment. Both organizations are aligned in their commitment to excellence and share a common goal for elevating the consumer experience at the forefront of the partnership. ABOUT AESTHETICS BIOMEDICAL Aesthetics Biomedical® Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is committed to the development and distribution of novel aesthetic devices, products, and services in the global market. Aesthetics Biomedical's innovation center is a leader in breakthrough technologies and combination therapies for its clients, physician network, and the aesthetic arena, creating novel patient treatment experiences that benefit from ongoing research, approved clinical indications for use, as well as a personalized approach designed for consumer benefit. ABOUT U.S. DERMATOLOGY PARTNERS As one of the largest physician-owned dermatology practices in the country, U.S. Dermatology Partners patients not only have access to general medical, surgical, and cosmetic skin treatment through its coordinated care network, but also benefit from the practice's strong dermatology subspecialty thought leaders and medical advisory board. To be the best partners to its patients, U.S. Dermatology Partners is fervently focused on providing the highest level of patient-first care, and its team, therefore, includes recognized national leaders in areas such as clinical research, psoriasis, and Mohs Surgery.

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