Is a Fungus Among Us the Key to Tomorrow’s Biologic Drugs?

(DGIwire) – If the word “fungus” stirs up nothing but unpleasant thoughts, it might be time to reconsider. Recall that a fungal organism was instrumental to the serendipitous discovery of the first true antibiotic, penicillin. In 1928, as Healio.com notes, Sir Alexander Fleming returned from a two-week vacation to find that a mold had developed […]

A Nobel-Worthy Advance: Battling Cancer by Retooling the Body’s Immune Response

(DGIwire) – Immunotherapy—the method of harnessing the body’s own immune system to attack and kill cancer cells—is not just one of the most exciting frontiers in medicine today; it is now officially Nobel Prize-winning work. As recently reported by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and many other media outlets, two pioneers in the field—Drs. James […]

Greener Drugs: The Role of Algae in Pharmaceutical Development

(DGIwire) – Marine algae are receiving growing attention as sources of bioactive compounds and are being considered for the pharmaceutical industry in drug development. A 2016 article in the Journal of Pharmaceutics and Nanotechnology outlined some of the potential applications of this burgeoning field. Different types of algae possess distinct potential uses in medicine. As […]

Geert Cauwenbergh: A Life Science Leader’s Journey

(DGIwire) – All human lives are filled with twists and turns. The lives of leaders in the life science sector are no exception to this rule. A fascinating example is the life of Dr. Geert Cauwenbergh, who is currently President and CEO of RXi Pharmaceuticals. A recent profile in Life Science Leader recounted the highlights […]

Counterfeit Drugs Flooding Egypt: Tip of a Large, Dangerous Iceberg

(DGIwire) – Egypt has been flooded with counterfeit drugs lately: according to a recent Al-Monitor report, 30 percent of medications now available in the country are counterfeit. This includes critical medications used to fight cancer, liver maladies, allergies and diabetes. Compounding the problem is the lack of a centralized, independent committee dedicated to ensuring that […]

Helping to Lower the Risk of Tainted Prescription Drugs

(DGIwire) — Point, click, purchase: people do it all the time for books, plane tickets and just about everything in between. Many also now buy their prescription drugs online through a national pharmacy chain or mail-order program offered by their health insurance provider. The challenge is the host of illegitimate sites that are selling prescription […]

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