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Pepcid: From Poor Man’s Cure to $20M COVID-19 Trial

Remember Hydrocychloroquine? 
The drug that doesn’t work for COVID-19?

Well, here’s some good news for you. A crazy rock climber/mountain rescue nut named Michael Callahan and a brilliant group of 3D modelers working nights, weekends and in between, got one that does workThis story reads like a spy novel but it’s true! (As told by Science).

It starts with…. “Inside a hospital in Wuhan, a globetrotting Infectious Disease doctor” … with, shall we say, deep biodefense connections, was examining COVID-19 patients with his Chinese physician colleagues when they noticed that poorer patients were doing better. What turned out to be protective was a cheap OTC drug for heartburn known as Pepcid (Famotidine).

It just turns out that Robert Malone, a biodefense expert and member of a classified project called DOMANE (hmmm, how do we know that?), was working with the team at MIT Lincoln Labs using artificial intelligence and 3D modeling to rapidly identify FDA-approved drugs that can be repurposed for new viruses. Of course Michael and Robert connected and a trial was swiftly coordinated, with BARDA financial backing of over $20 million USD. Now, based on this recent study, it may save the life of someone you know.

Yes, Pepcid. (Where are the trumpets, damn it!)
But the story is not over yet. Stay tuned for the dénouement

Meanwhile, for those of us who neither globe-trotting-spy-doctors nor 3D-DARPA-scientists, but just trying to save people from death and destruction due to COVID-19 with nothing but our wits and bare hands, we have the following WEBINAR to offer you!, Please join us! 

Join us: Friday May 15, 2020

More info to come.  Please check our website for updates!

Pacific GeneTech partnership for a novel African Swine Fever vaccine

We’re pleased to be working with PGT on what our friend Anna calls “Pig Ebola” also known as “African swine fever” (ASF). ASF is terrible disease affecting pigs and wild boars with up to 100% case fatality rate. ASF is impacting food security in Asia and, although not yet arrived in the USA, is  (inevitably) likely to arrive in the US soon. A vaccine to save our pig friends for your bacon pleasure is very important for the world food supply. EpiVax believes in improving human (and animal) health everywhere!

Read the full press release here.

Will we “see” you at Bio International 2020?

Believe it or not, Katie, Sarah, Danielle and I are actually nostalgic for the sea of scientists and business development experts that gather at the annual Bio conferences. Remember the scramble to get from one end of the partnering floor to the other, in a few minutes flat!? But we have all now adapted to the Wiliiam Gibson future. Get your avatars ready – for Bio International. Will you be participating in the all-digital partnering platform this year? Let us know!

We will miss all of friends and lining up for beer at the BioHolland Booth!

Yes, I write this newsletter. Feel free to write me about Michael Callahan, Robert Malone, or anything else that crosses your mind! Right HERE!

Stay Safe! Wash Your Hands! Be Happy!

Annie