Covid-19 roundup: Catalent signs another Covid-19 manufacturing deal; Eli Lilly's antibody partner grabs $175M+
Just a few days after allying itself with pharma giant J&J, the contract manufacturing player Catalent has signed up to do the production work for a small US biotech in the early stages of taking a shot at an ultra-low dose vaccine for Covid-19.
About a week ago Arcturus Therapeutics touted preclinical animal data indicating that even at a single dose 2 µg, their mRNA therapy LUNAR-COV19 had a significant rate of conversion among mice. All the usual caveats apply here on preclinical rodent studies — which typically lead to a dead end — but the researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore sounded optimistic about its chances.
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