Bioclinica | September 10, 2020
Bioclinica, an integrated solutions provider of clinical life science and technology expertise, delivering powerful insight into clinical trial development in bringing new therapies to people worldwide, announced today that Direct Biologics, a market leading innovator and science-based manufacturer of regenerative products, will leverage Bioclinica's Interactive Response Technology (IRT) for their EXIT COVID-19 study — a multi-center FDA phase II clinical trial for the use of ExoFlo™ to treat COVID-19 acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). "We are a dynamic and innovative biotechnology company that can engage synergistically with vendor partners who are willing and able to match our speed and adaptability in our efforts to deliver solutions for highly complex and pressing real world problems," said Dr. Vik Sengupta, Chief Medical Officer of Direct Biologics. "Bioclinica's ability to rapidly configure their highly robust and functional IRT made them the natural choice to meet our accelerating timeline in the fight against COVID-19. The Bioclinica team rose to the occasion, scaling with demand, and accommodating our specific randomization and supply chain requirements." Bioclinica's IRT is the industry's only system that provides advanced visibility to working study prototypes within just a few days - letting you build, implement, test, and deploy new protocols in as little as two to three weeks, with or without customization.
Arctoris | September 14, 2021
IBM Research and Arctoris announced they are investigating the application of AI and automation to accelerate closed loop molecule discovery. IBM Research has developed RXN for Chemistry, an online platform leveraging state-of-the-art Natural Language Processing (NLP) architectures to automate synthetic chemistry. Representing chemical reactions via SMILES (Simplified Molecular Input Line Entry System), the system is able to perform highly accurate reaction predictions using its powerful AI. Optimised synthetic routes are then used as input for RoboRXN, an automated platform for molecule synthesis.
Arctoris has developed Ulysses, an end-to-end automated platform for drug discovery research. The platform ensures accuracy, precision, and reproducibility by leveraging robotic experiment execution and digital data capture technologies across cell and molecular biology and biochemistry/biophysics. Experiments conducted with Ulysses generate more than 100 times more datapoints per assay compared to industry standard, leading to deeper insights and accelerated progress compared to manual methods.
The two platforms are now being combined for the first time in a research collaboration that will see new small molecule inhibitors for undisclosed targets being designed, made, tested, and analysed (DMTA) in an autonomous, closed loop approach. Concretely, IBM Research will design and synthesize novel chemical matter (Design, Make), to be profiled and evaluated by Arctoris (Test, Analyze), with the resulting data informing the subsequent iteration of the DMTA cycle.
The collaboration is currently on-going; financial terms were not disclosed.
About IBM Research
For more than seven decades, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 16 locations across five continents. Scientists from IBM Research have produced six Nobel Laureates, 10 U.S. National Medals of Technology, five U.S. National Medals of Science, six Turing Awards, 19 inductees in the National Academy of Sciences and 20 inductees into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Arctoris is a biotechnology company founded and headquartered in Oxford with additional operations in Boston and Singapore. Ulysses, the unique technology platform developed by Arctoris, enables the company to conduct its R&D – from target via hit and lead to candidate – significantly faster, and with considerably improved data quality and depth. With its robotics, Arctoris generates richer, more reliable data, enabling better decisions both in human-driven and computational drug discovery, leading to higher success rates and an accelerated progression of programs towards the clinic. Led by an experienced team, Arctoris pursues its internal pipeline of small molecule inhibitors in different indications, and also partners with other biotech and pharma companies for small molecule and biologics discovery, with partners in the US, UK, Germany, Australia, Korea, China, and several other countries.
Pressure BioSciences, Inc. | October 07, 2020
Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTCQB: PBIO) ("PBI" or the "Company"), a leader in the development and sale of broadly enabling, pressure-based instruments, consumables, and platform technology solutions to the worldwide biotechnology, biotherapeutics, and other industries, today announced the achievement of a critical milestone: the lock-in of final design specifications for the commercial production model of its proprietary, next-generation Ultra Shear Technology™ ("UST™")-based nanoemulsification system. Following achievement of this milestone, the Company has begun to build the initial "Alpha" unit of the commercial model. Once built, tested, and approved, the Company will immediately proceed to build an additional 15 ready-for-sale systems, thus enabling PBI to meet its goal of shipping the BaroShear K45 UST System in early (Q1/Q2) 2021. Based on the Company's patented UST platform, the BaroShear K45 is a unique breakthrough nanoemulsification system designed to resolve one of the most substantive problems facing manufacturers of biotherapeutic drugs, nutraceuticals (including hemp-derived CBD products), and other products containing oil-based active ingredients that are at best poorly soluble in water. As with any oil-based product, it is difficult for the water-based biochemistry of humans and other animals to access and absorb the active ingredients hidden within oil drops. Poor water solubility leads to lower absorption and bioavailability of active ingredients, which makes it particularly difficult to design and deliver proper dosing of the desired compound. More recently, growing science around nanoemulsion development has shown that oil-based active ingredients manufactured into high quality nanoemulsions have delivered dramatically increased absorption and bioavailability, resulting in higher quality finished products for the consumer.