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The trial, called Biomarkers of Anti-TNF Treatment Efficacy in Rheumatoid Arthritis to Define Unresponse Populations, or BATTER-UP, will enroll around 1,000 patients being treated by one of several marketed anti-TNF RA drugs: Enbrel, Remicade, Humira, Simponi, or Cimzia.

Under the CRADA, Ortho Biotech, a unit of J&J's Centocor, will have an option to exclusively license new inventions developed jointly or independently by NCI scientists. The collaboration will focus on engineering patients' T-cells to treat melanoma and possibly other types of cancers.

The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.