FDA Signals Flexibility with COVID-19 Tests

A bipartisan group of experts in economics, health, technology, and ethics recommended that the U.S. scale up COVID-19 testing—5 million per day by June, 20 million per day by midsummer—in order to fully re-mobilize the economy. Consistent with this, FDA has taken various steps to …›

May 22, 2020 - Asia, CFIUS, COVID-19, Healthcare

Japan Moves to Tighten Restrictions on Foreign Investment in Healthcare Industries

Amid concerns about predatory acquisitions of weakened companies and strategic assets during the COVID‑19 crisis, more and more countries are restricting foreign direct investment (FDI) in their domestic companies, especially in the medical and healthcare industries. These restrictions tend to target Chinese investment in …›

COVID-19 Alert: FDA updates antibody test policy

Serology tests could play a critical role in the fight against COVID-19. Serology tests may help determine who can donate convalescent plasma—a part of the blood containing antibodies—which is currently being explored as an investigational treatment for those with COVID-19. Convalescent plasma has been …›

Patent Offices Extend Certain Deadlines, but Proceed With Caution

Patent applicants facing a funds shortage because of COVID-19 may be glad to hear that many patent offices have extended certain patent prosecution deadlines. For example, the U.S. Patent Office has extended various patent deadlines until June 1, 2020 and the European Patent Office …›

COVID-19 UPDATE: FDA AUTHORIZES FIRST AT-HOME COLLECTION KIT

FDA has been actively working to accelerate access to diagnostic tests for COVID-19 through its extension of Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs). According to FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., “The FDA’s around-the-clock work since this outbreak began has resulted in the authorization of more …›