TiGenix looks into drug partnering
Written by Alyssa Clark
The Brussels based company TiGenix is looking to sell its Dutch drug manufacturing facility located in Sittard-Green, and partner with a new company for its candidate treatment for a special disorder known to link to Crohn’s disease. TiGenix was pleased with the Dutch authorities, after they gave their permission to allow the company to continue to sell the facility, while still manufacturing its product during the selling process.
Advanced conversations are underway between TiGenix and a number of interested potential partners, over commercial rights to the Cx601 outside of Europe. U.S health regulators are also joining in on this conversation, in hopes of getting a trial run of the drug in the U.S. in the near future. Most recently, TiGenix has enrolled patients for their Phase III level of treatment. The trials or Cx601 are for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas, abnormal channels that can develop between the end of the bowel and the skin, which frequently occurs in the bowels’ of patients with Crohn’s disease.
TiGenix’s main drug ChrondoCelect (which repairs damaged cartilage in the knee) has risen by 21 percent in this quarterly trading period, in just the first nine months of 2013 alone. The company projects more than a 20 percent rise in the next full-year sales, already earning the company $4.2 million.
Driven by increased sales in the Netherlands and Belgium, TiGenix believes their products will branch into mainstream Spain and Britain by 2014.
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Alyssa Clark is the Editor of Healthcare Global
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”