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Virtual Reality Treatment for Chronic Pain + Canadian CDMO Biovectra to Build mRNA Manufacturing Plant – Xtalks Life Science Podcast Ep. 38

Virtual Reality Treatment for Chronic Pain + Canadian CDMO Biovectra to Build mRNA Manufacturing Plant – Xtalks Life Science Podcast Ep. 38

In this episode, Ayesha discussed the first FDA-approved virtual reality treatment for chronic lower back pain. The virtual reality system is called EaseVRx and is developed by virtual reality medtech company AppliedVR. The non-invasive treatment system is self-administered and is designed for at-home use. It consists of a virtual reality headset, controller and breath amplifier, and has preloaded software with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and behavioral skill-based content in the form of exercises and lessons. The editorial team discussed the novelty of virtual reality treatments for conditions like chronic pain and depression as well as the benefits of at-home treatments as they offer convenience and reduce burdens on patients and caregivers.

The editorial team also talked about Canadian CDMO Biovectra’s recent announcement of its plans to build a biomanufacturing facility for large-scale production of mRNA therapeutics, including mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. During the pandemic, only a handful of production sites continue to produce the vaccines, which has led to global shortages, delays and distribution inequities. To address this, Biovectra is set to build the first domestic large-scale mRNA production plant in Canada with financial backing from the Canadian government. The company plans to produce doses of the current COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and also be equipped to produce mRNA therapeutics for future projects and health emergencies.

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Read the full articles here:

FDA Approves First Virtual Reality Pain Treatment

Biovectra to Build First mRNA Vaccine and Drug Manufacturing Plant in Canada

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