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

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…

SP-3164 ‘Molecular Glue’ Stops Growth In Lab-grown Cells, Mice

SP-3164, an investigational small molecule protein degrader, showed potential for improved anti-multiple myeloma activity over similar approved compounds. That’s according to preclinical data from its developer Salarius Pharmaceuticals that showed SP-3164 triggered the death of lab-grown cancer cells and held back cancer growth in a mouse model of…

Pepaxti Approved to Treat Resistant Multiple Myeloma in Europe

The European Commission has approved Pepaxti (melphalan flufenamide, also called melflufen), a medicine by Oncopeptides to be used in combination with dexamethasone, making it available to adults with hard-to-treat multiple myeloma in Europe. The approval came after the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, an arm of…

Pepaxti Combo Favored to Treat Advanced Multiple Myeloma in EU

Oncopeptides received a positive opinion from an arm of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that is expected to take the company one step closer toward European Union approval to market Pepaxti (melphalan flufenamide, also called melflufen) in combination with dexamethasone for hard-to-treat multiple myeloma. With the Committee for Medicinal…