Emory and Pfizer partner to develop new COVID-19 treatments

Emory University has partnered with Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) to create new drugs and therapies aimed at stopping serious disease from COVID-19. The Emory and Pfizer collaboration will take place in Emory University’s Schinazi Laboratory, led by scientist Raymond Schinazi, with the goal of producing novel antiviral compounds to combat COVID, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Although the threat of COVID has waned over the past year, the virus remains a leading cause of death. CDC data shows 1,862 COVID-related deaths in the U.S.

Pfizer, the developer of Paxlovid and collaborator with BioNTech (Nasdaq:BNTX) on the Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine, is arguably the most visible COVID drug developer.

For Pfizer, this partnership represents an opportunity to maintain its leadership position in the COVID-19 drug market and potentially increase revenue. The company, however, expects its revenue to slide by as much as one-third this year as a result of ebbi…

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The data to solve many pharmaceutical research problems already exists. We just need to harness it.

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In searching for new therapies, pharmaceutical research teams worldwide are conducting experiments daily and generating knowledge. Thanks to this constantly expanding pool of scientific data, we are starting projects with access to more information than ever before.

Data is good. The right data is better. But finding the right data is no easy task. Inaccessible data sources, the growing complexity of search terms required to attain appropriate results, and the multitude of databases available means that finding data – and then applying it to inform research – is taking up more and more valuable researcher hours. As a result, 80% of researcher time is dedicated to acquiring and reformatting data; time that could be much better spent on analysis and developing scientific insights.

It is, however, essential. What’s needed are methods to accelerate the search …

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