Vanda Pinto, PhD, science writer —

​​Vanda is a biochemist with a PhD in biomedicine from the University of Porto, Portugal. She conducted her postdoctoral research first at the Bristol Medical School, U.K., studying the insulin-PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in diabetic nephropathy, then at the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto, where her focus was on glycosylation in lupus nephritis and inflammatory bowel disease. She next made the switch to science publishing, handling papers in biochemistry, molecular biology, and immunology.

Articles by Vanda Pinto

FDA Gives ET-101, Gene Therapy for ALS, Orphan Drug Status

ET-101, Eikonoklastes Therapeutics’ experimental gene therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), has been designated an orphan drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Orphan drug status is given to investigational therapies with the potential to significantly benefit people with life-threatening or chronically debilitating diseases that affect…

Chest Pain Medication May Help Ease Muscle Cramps in ALS

An approved medication for heart-related chest pain reduced the frequency and severity of muscle cramps in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in a small pilot study. Called ranolazine, the medication was found to be safe and generally well-tolerated — the clinical trial’s key endpoints, or goals. Gastrointestinal…

Vocal Cord Spasms in ALS May Be Triggered by Excessive Saliva

Although not thought common, laryngospasm — the sudden contraction of the vocal cords that makes speaking and breathing temporarily difficult — does affect some with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a study reported. Excess saliva irritating the vocal cords was the most notable trigger for laryngospasm in their work, the researchers…

Clene Soon Will Complete Phase 2 Trial Testing CNM-Au8

Note: This story was updated Sept. 21, 2021, to note that 18% of patients, not 80%, experienced increases in the MUNIX(4) sum score at some point during the study. The last patient visit has been completed in Clene’s Phase 2 trial investigating the potential of CNM-Au8 — which…

Clene Boosts Production Capacity of CNM-Au8

Clene, and its wholly owned subsidiary Clene Nanomedicine, have signed two lease agreements that will more than quadruple the manufacturing capacity of CNM-Au8, their investigational therapy for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The first lease is for a 10-year agreement for a 74,210-square-foot building in Elkton, Maryland.