Andrea Lobo,  —

Andrea Lobo is a Science writer at BioNews. She holds a Biology degree and a PhD in Cell Biology/Neurosciences from the University of Coimbra-Portugal, where she studied stroke biology. She was a postdoctoral and senior researcher at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health in Porto, in drug addiction, studying neuronal plasticity induced by amphetamines. As a research scientist for 19 years, Andrea participated in academic projects in multiple research fields, from stroke, gene regulation, cancer, and rare diseases. She authored multiple research papers in peer-reviewed journals. She shifted towards a career in science writing and communication in 2022.

Articles by Andrea Lobo

Lomecel-B granted FDA RMAT status for mild Alzheimer’s

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) designation to Longeveron’s experimental cell therapy Lomecel-B for mild Alzheimer’s disease. The designation is designed to accelerate the development and review processes for regenerative medicine candidates, including cell therapies, intended to treat, modify, reverse,…

Otsuka stops developing AVP-786 therapy for Alzheimer’s agitation

Otsuka Pharmaceutical has stopped the development of AVP-786, an investigational oral therapy to treat agitation in people with Alzheimer’s disease. The decision comes after the company’s recent announcement that the treatment failed to meet its primary efficacy goal of lowering agitation in ALS patients after 12…

BioXcel planning pivotal trial of BXCL501 for Alzheimer’s agitation

BioXcel Therapeutics plans to launch a pivotal Phase 3 in-care trial — one involving patients in nursing or assisted living facilities — to continue to evaluate BXCL501 (dexmedetomidine sublingual film) for the acute treatment of agitation in patients with Alzheimer’s disease dementia. BXCL501 is an experimental orally dissolving…

Eisai seeks FDA approval of Leqembi IV maintenance dosing

Eisai is seeking approval in the U.S. of Leqembi (lecanemab)’s monthly maintenance dosing for people with early Alzheimer’s disease. The supplemental biologics license application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recently announced by the company, is backed by modeling of observed data from the…

AR1001 Phase 3 trial in early Alzheimer’s to begin recruiting in UK

AriBio will soon start recruiting participants in the U.K. for the Phase 3 trial of AR1001 (mirodenafil), an investigational oral therapy for early Alzheimer’s disease. This follows a positive opinion of the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. The Polaris-AD trial (NCT05531526), which is enrolling patients…

Rexulti approved in Canada for agitation in Alzheimer’s dementia

Health Canada has approved Rexulti (brexpiprazole) for agitation associated with Alzheimer’s disease-related dementia in patients with aggressive behavior. The treatment, co-developed by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Lundbeck, was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the same indication. “Today marks a major milestone…

Leqembi for Alzheimer’s Patients in US Available Through Soleo Health

Soleo Health was selected by Eisai as the sole specialty pharmacy to carry Leqembi (lecanemab) for Alzheimer’s disease patients prescribed the treatment. Leqembi, approved for use in the U.S. earlier this month, is an anti-amyloid targeted antibody, used to treat mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s.