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Agreement Reached to Develop MMP-13 Inhibitors to Treat Myeloma

SteroTherapeutics has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Atlantic University Research Corporation to develop matrix metalloproteinase 13 (MMP-13) inhibitors for treating multiple myeloma. “This partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center and the Research Institute of Florida Atlantic University will allow us to…

Organizations Rally to Help Ukrainian Rare Disease Patients

A Russian military plane crash near Tetiana Zamorska’s home in Kyiv, Ukraine, was a sign that it was time for her and her family to leave. The treacherous, 34-hour pilgrimage that ultimately brought the group of eight by car to temporary accommodations in neighboring Poland last month was physically and emotionally difficult,…

Europe Awaits Proposed New Framework for Sharing Health Data

The European Commission is expected to propose a new governing framework for health data next month, called the European Health Data Space (EHDS), with the aim of connecting national health systems to facilitate secure and efficient transfer of data across systems in different European nations. The move is expected to…

Europe’s CHMP Supports Carvykti T-cell Therapy Approval in EU

Carvykti (ciltacabtagene autoleucel; cilta-cel) has been recommended for approval in Europe by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), an arm of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), for eligible adults with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma. The CAR T-cell therapy will be available for patients who have…

Longer Survival for Black vs White Myeloma Patients With Same Care

Black people with multiple myeloma live longer than white patients with similar disease symptoms when both receive the same new and updated medical treatments, according to an analysis of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database. However, Black myeloma patients were less likely to receive such novel treatments…

Patients Have Higher COVID-19 Risk Even if Fully Vaccinated: US Study

Even if they’re fully vaccinated, multiple myeloma patients still have an increased risk of COVID-19 infection compared with people without cancer, according to a study looking at data from more than 500,000 individuals in the U.S. Called breakthrough infections, these post-vaccination illnesses from SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes…

RaDaR Serves as Starting Point for Creating Rare Disease Registry

Patient registries are a hot topic of rare disease research and many organizations are taking advantage of this resource by signing up their patient communities and connecting with researchers. Eric Sid, MD, program officer for the Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR), said it is difficult to estimate how…