This week in Healthcare: Lonza dedicates manufacturing facility for AdCOVID nasal spray vaccine in Houston

Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

Investments have continued to pour into crucial research and development partnerships to optimize existing digital technologies, including Machine Learning and Business Intelligence, to enhance the customer experience.
  • Beckman Coulter focuses on enhancing its products through automation to provide high-end medicare solutions for its customers. Orange County, California Area, United States serves as the key location for Beckman Coulter, focusing on Connected Medical Devices, Business Intelligence, and Application Development & Maintenance-related engagements.  
  • Banner Health launched a few digital services to offer an effortless customer experience across digital channels. Virtual care programs and robotic surgical systems are the opportunity areas for service providers.  

  • Eli Lilly and company focuses on providing personalized, actionable insights and self-management solutions for patients, as well as on creating new channels of engagement between patients and their health care providers (HCPs)  

  • ZEISS Meditec helps customers to select and drive demand for module-based workflows built on ZEISS software packages for a wide variety of requirements.  

  • Roche is engrossed with providing diagnostic solutions by leveraging intelligent analysis of large data sets of various patients to predict and prevent diseases through data analytics and data science. 

Latest Reports Published in Draup

Carl ZEISS Meditec AG Account Intelligence Report: Zeiss Meditec shifted its business towards digital solutions and applications during the pandemic that would enable physical distancing and remotely controlling devices. Read More>>
Fresenius Medical Care Account Intelligence Report: Fresenius utilizes digital technologies like the cloud to automate back-office processes and day-to-day business activities. Read More>>

Key Funding Alert

NephroSant Announces $16 Million Series A, Led by DaVita Venture Group
The funding will be used to support research and development and the launch of NephroSant’s first product: Qsant™, a needle-free urine test that helps determine if a patient’s body is rejecting a transplanted kidney. Read More>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – mPulse Mobile
HQ Location – Greater Los Angeles Area, US
Total Funding – USD 40.35 Mn
About: mPulse Mobile, the leader in mobile health engagement, drives improved health outcomes and business efficiencies by engaging individuals with meaningful and interactive dialog. Read More>>

Key Insights and Signals in Providers –
Hospital & Healthcare

Lehigh Valley Heart Institute joins forces with Penn Medicine
The relationship with Penn Medicine not only provides access to advanced transplant care but diagnostic testing, breakthrough therapies and clinical trials. Read More>>
Nextgen partners up with AWS in A/NZ
As an AWS Public Sector Partner, Nextgen will work with AWS partners focused on supporting government, healthcare, education and the not-for-profit sectors across A/NZ. Read More>>
Change Healthcare teams up with AWS to offer data analytics service with focus on social determinants of health
The cloud service provides de-identified claims data integrated with social determinants of health for more robust data analytics and research on vulnerable patient populations. Read More>>
Hackensack Meridian Health launches Anthology Diagnostics Laboratories
The reference laboratory located at Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center in Edison will offer next generation sequencing data of DNA and RNA that is useful to clinicians in treatment decision-making for their patients as well as to researchers seeking to identify innovative biomarkers that can further improve the understanding and management of blood cancers and solid tumors. Read More>>
Amwell joins leading health care innovators to advance care in the home
Amwell will work with a diverse group of industry leaders from across the health care ecosystem to shape the future of care, working to unite key industry stakeholders to make the home a sustainable site for care delivery. Read More>>
Cleveland Clinic, Amwell joint venture launches virtual 2nd opinions service
The original vision of the joint venture is the potential of taking leading academic medical institutions and bringing access to more people around the world. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisitions
PatientPoint merges with Outcome Health to form combined patient engagement entity
The strategic transaction will offer PatientPoint’s high-value, tech-enabled patient engagement solutions to as many providers as possible to help them meet the demands of a rapidly evolving healthcare industry. Read More>>
AHA signals opposition to Optum, UnitedHealthGroup’s acquisition of Change Healthcare
Optum would have competitive payers’ data to inform its reimbursement rates, giving UHC more clout in negotiations. Read More>>
Amgen’s $1.9 billion acquisition of five prime therapeutics
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. Read More>>
Kindred Healthcare and Mercy acquire Everest Rehabilitation Hospital of Oklahoma City
Both Oklahoma City hospitals serve patients recovering from strokes and other long-term illnesses or injuries. Read More>>
American Medical Technologies and RestorixHealth announce transformational merger to create industry-leading advanced wound care management company
Restorix’s rapidly growing offerings in wound care supplies and at-home physician services will be strengthened by AMT’s existing platform, commercial contract footprint and supplies expertise. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Steward Health Care names inaugural North America division president
Sanjay Shetty, MD, was chosen as the first president of Steward North America, a division of Dallas-based Steward Health Care. Read More>>
Integris Health names chief hospital executive
Kurt DeVaney currently serves as the vice president of operations for INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Read More>>
Cigna Names Lisa Wagamon president of medicare advantage plans in the Carolinas
Wagamon has more than two decades of experience in health care, including work with Medicare, Medicaid and commercial plans. Read More>>
Samaritan Health announces new Chief Information Officer
Joel P. Benware held senior leadership roles at Northwestern Medical Center, serving as Chief Information, Innovation and Compliance Officer. Read More>>

Key Insights and Signals in Pharmaceuticals 

M2GEN announces new collaboration with Merck to advance cancer
This data will be accessed through M2GEN’s Oncology Research Information Exchange Network® (ORIEN®), a network of 18 leading cancer centers across the United States. Read More>>
Gilead (GILD), Merck collaborate for long-acting HIV treatments
Gilead has a strong HIV franchise and the companies have collaborated to evaluate Gilead’s investigational capsid inhibitor, lenacapavir, with Merck’s investigational nucleoside reverse transcriptase translocation inhibitor, islatravir, into a two-drug regimen for HIV patients. Read More>>
Rush partners with Abbott to prepare for future pandemics
This first-of-its-kind scientific network is enlisting partners around the world to provide laboratory testing, genetic sequencing and public health research to analyze the potential risk level of newly identified pathogens, develop new diagnostic testing and understand the public health impact of the pathogens identified in real time. Read More>>
48Hour Discovery and Merck join hands to accelerate drug development
This project offers 48Hour Discovery and its University of Alberta collaborators the opportunity to demonstrate the value of this game changing, peptide drug discovery platform. Read More>>
Novo Nordisk announces historic collaboration with U of T
The collaboration involves a combined investment of $40 million to support research on type two diabetes, other innovative research projects, and increase public health and community outreach activities. Read More>>
MilliporeSigma to manufacture biologics for Alteogen
This agreement supports large-volume subcutaneous administration of biologics that would otherwise be administered as an IV infusion. Read More>>

Mergers and Acquisitions
Horizon Therapeutics plc completes acquisition of Viela Bio, Inc.
The Viela acquisition provides multiple opportunities to drive long-term growth and solidify our future as an innovation-driven biotech company. Read More>>
Icon to take over PRA Health Services
The combined company will create a new paradigm for accelerating clinical research and bringing new medicines and devices to market. Read More>>
ANI Pharmaceuticals buys Novitium Pharma for $163.5 million
The deal gives the Baudette company a sizable addition to its manufacturing capacity. Read More>>
Takeda to acquire Maverick Therapeutics for up to $525 million
Through the acquisition, Takeda will have access to Maverick’s T-cell engager COBRA platform, along with its development portfolio. Read More>>

Executive Movement
Merck names new president of Human Health unit
Frank Clyburn, chief commercial officer, human health, will become president, human health, and lead all commercial and marketing aspects of the unit. Read More>>
Bausch Health names new CFO, says eye care unit spinoff on track
Sam Eldessouky joined Bausch Health, previously known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals, in 2016 as senior vice president and corporate controller. Read More>>
Gujarat ex-DGP Geetha Johari joins Cadila Pharmaceuticals as president
Before getting promoted as DGP, Johari served in various capacities in the state police department including as Managing Director of Gujarat State Police Housing Corporation, Gandhinagar. Read More>>

Key Insights and Signals in MedTech

Thermo Fisher signs MoU with NFSU to open CoE for DNA forensics
The Center will provide training, research, and accelerate innovation in the field of DNA forensics.
Read More>>
NuVasive to launch 2 clinical trials on spinal deformity surgery
One study will use physiology and laboratory data to assess the treatment of complex adult spinal deformity from a minimally invasive approach. The other is a prospective analysis of the safety profile, clinical and radiographic outcomes, and performance of NuVasive’s VersaTie posterior fixation system. Read More>>
Swiss firm Lonza to help produce anti-Covid nasal spray in the US
As part of its agreement with American company Altimmune, Lonza will allocate a dedicated manufacturing facility for AdCOVID nasal spray vaccine near Houston, Texas. Read More>>
Moderna, Baxter partner to boost COVID-19 vaccine supply
Under the agreement, Baxter’s BioPharma Solutions unit will provide fill/finish services and supply packaging for 60 million to 90 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. Read More>>
Elekta and IBA strengthen partnership to help cancer centers integrate proton therapy
In partnership with IBA, however, Elekta’s Treatment Management solution, which includes Monaco, ProKnow and MOSAIQ Plaza digital tools – including MOSAIQ Oncology Information System – provides the ideal ecosystem to integrate proton therapy. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisitions
Minneapolis-based Bio-Techne buying Texas company for at least $215M
If Asuragen meets certain milestones, Bio-Techne could owe up to $105 million more under the deal that is expected to close by the end of June. Read More>>
Boston Scientific puts up $1B in cash to buy Lumenis surgical line from private equity
Boston Scientific will acquire a portfolio consisting of laser systems, accessories and fibers for urology and otolaryngology procedures, led by Lumenis’ Moses laser used as a minimally invasive treatment for patients with kidney stones. Read More>>
Agilent adds liquid biopsy assay to diagnostic tool bag with $550 million buy
Agilent has a variety of tissue-based diagnostics already at its fingertips for improved cancer diagnostics. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Agilent names first chief medical officer as it expands diagnostics, genomics businesses
Katharine Knobil previously served as medical chief of GlaxoSmithKline and helped oversee the Big Pharma’s evidence generation efforts in value and clinical outcomes as well as its late-stage product development in China. Read More>>
AliveCor appoints Clyde Hosein as chief financial officer
Hosein brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in corporate financial management.
Read More>>
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