Blockchain is often quoted as a transformational technology with the potential to impact many technological areas. So what is a blockchain? Blockchain is an open and distributed ledger that can efficiently record transactions between parties. Each transaction is verifiable by consensus and there is a permanent record of the entered information. It can be understood as a data structure that is shared among a distributed network of computers. Blockchain technologies can be broadly categorized into digital currency and non-digital currency based technologies.
In this issue, we have covered a couple of hot topics that are currently trending in the biotech and cloud-tech industries. We have talked about the FDA's approval of tisagenlecleucel (KYMRIAH, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.), a CD19-directed genetically modified autologous T-cell immunotherapy, to include treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma. Tisagenlecleucel is the only CAR T-cell therapy to receive FDA approval for two distinct indications. The report includes a chart of major commercial players in the CAR T-cell space and a Year-on-Year trend on the number of patents and patent applications from 2012 to 2018.
PAIR Uploader (Beta) is a desktop application designed to allow users to upload their EFS ready documents in bulk into PAIR. The tool obviates the need to upload documents one by one, thereby simplifying IDS filings.