Every season plays out differently, but once summer fades, people start to think about flu season and when to get their shots. This year is no different. If anything, without pandemic restrictions and the roll-out of new COVID-19 booster shots, it’s expected to be busier than normal.
The U.K. became the first county to pass a modified COVID-19 vaccine, which targets the Omicron variant. Other countries, including Canada and Australia, are expected to follow suit.1 In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized COVID-19 booster shots that target the Omicron BA.5 subvariant as the country prepares for another expected surge of infections this fall and winter.
It marks the first time the FDA has authorized an updated vaccine since the original shots became available in December 2020. The U.S. has, so far, secured 171 million doses of Moderna’s and Pfizer’s updated vaccines.2
Moderna and Pfizer have peacefully dominated the COVID-19 vaccine market, but that truce has come to an end. Moderna recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Pfizer and its partner BioNTech in the U.S. and Germany for patents Moderna says it filed between 2010 and 2016.3
Moderna is looking to protect the innovative mRNA technology it pioneered and patented in the decade leading up to the pandemic, allowing it to develop its own COVID-19 vaccine, Spikevax, in “record time.”
Roche Holdings Ltd
Roche Holdings Ltd. recently launched its Digital LightCycler Systems, a digital polymerase chain reaction system that helps clinical researchers better understand the nature of a patient’s cancer, infection, or genetic disease and lead to early diagnosis and treatment strategies.
The Digital LightCycler Systems will be available in 15 countries in 2022, with plans to launch in additional countries in the near future.4
Roche also announced the launch of the Elecsys IGRA SARS-CoV-2, a new diagnostic test designed to better understand the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection or vaccination.5
Siemens AG is a special industrial machinery giant whose Siemens Healthineers segment develops, manufactures, and sells various diagnostic and therapeutic products and services. It also provides clinical consulting services.
The Munich, Germany-based company announced recently that its Deep Resolve Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system, powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), allows users to accelerate MRI scans by up to 70%.6
The quality of MRI imaging is defined by the trade-off between scan time, image noise, and resolutions. Improving one means compromising on the others. Deep Resolve eliminates this dilemma, enabling clinicians to choose a faster scan time while reducing noise and keeping the same resolution.
For example, traditional MRI imaging on the knee can take approximately 10 minutes, but with Deep Resolve, the time has been reduced to under two minutes. Deep Resolve is not limited to a particular region of the body and can be used in almost every diagnostic procedure using MRI.
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For the month, Roche Holdings Ltd made the largest contribution to the Fund. The largest detractors to performance for the month were GSK PLC, followed by Sanofi ADR, and Zoetis Inc. On last rebalance, these securities were added to the portfolio: Siemens AG and Zoetis Inc. By weight, the Fund’s largest geographic exposure was to the United States, followed by Switzerland and Britain.
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- Loftus, P., “Variant-Targeted Covid-19 Boosters Test the Promise of mRNA Technology,” The Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2022; https://www.wsj.com/articles/variant-targeted-covid-19-boosters-test-the-promise-of-mrna-technology-11661030696.
- Kimball, S., “FDA authorizes Covid booster shots that target omicron BA.5 variant,” CNBC, August 31, 2022; https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/31/fda-authorizes-covid-booster-shots-that-target-omicron-bapoint5-variant-.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.microsoft.Office.Outlook.compose-shareextension.
- “Moderna Sues Pfizer And BioNTech For Infringing Patents Central To Moderna’s Innovative MRNA Technology Platform,” Moderna, Inc., August 26, 2022; https://investors.modernatx.com/news/news-details/2022/Moderna-Sues-Pfizer-and-BioNTech-for-Infringing-Patents-Central-to-Modernas-Innovative-mRNA-Technology-Platform/default.aspx.
- “Roche launches a digital PCR system, a powerful new diagnostics platform in the fight against cancer and other diseases,” Roche, August 22, 2022; https://www.roche.com/media/releases/med-cor-2022-08-23.
- “Roche launches new diagnostic test for the better understanding of immune response to SARS-CoV-2,” Roche, August 14, 2022; https://www.roche.com/media/releases/med-cor-2022-08-15.
- “Siemens Healthineers accelerates and improves Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Artificial Intelligence,” Siemens Healthineers, July 13, 2022; https://www.siemens-healthineers.com/press/releases/deepresolve.