Margarida Maia, PhD, science writer —

Margarida is a biochemist (University of Porto, Portugal) with a PhD in biomedical sciences (VIB and KULeuven, Belgium). Her main interest is science communication. She is also passionate about design and the dialogue between art and science.

Articles by Margarida Maia

Elrexfio now approved in Canada as recurring myeloma treatment

Health Canada has granted conditional approval to Pfizer’s Elrexfio (elranatamab-bcmm), expanding the list of countries where the medication can be used for adults with multiple myeloma whose cancer has returned and who have not responded to previous treatment. The conditional approval, officially a Notice of Compliance, will require…

Foundation awards $21M in grants for multicenter myeloma research

Three research projects have been awarded $7 million each from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) to develop more effective treatment options for newly diagnosed high-risk multiple myeloma and smoldering multiple myeloma. Smoldering multiple myeloma is an early, slow-growing blood cancer that can develop into active multiple…

Aphexda approved in US to improve autologous stem cell transplants

The U.S. has approved BioLineRx’s Aphexda (motixafortide) in combination with filgrastim (G-CSF) to improve the process of autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant (AHSCT) for people with multiple myeloma. AHSCT’s success depends on efficacious mobilization of healthy blood stem cells into the bloodstream for collection and subsequent transplant.

Some myeloma cells may mutate to resist T-cell therapies: Study

Some multiple myeloma cells acquire mutations that allow them to act in disguise and to escape the effects of T-cell therapies, according to a study that calls for the screening of patients for these mutations for better disease management. “Recognizing these mutations and gaining a clearer understanding of the…