Reportedly, Foxconn Technology Group, an Apple Inc. (AAPL) partner, is planning to double its investments and workforce in India. This reflects a growing trend of shifting manufacturing away from China due to increasing tensions between the US and China. The Taiwanese company is considering substantial investments in a 300-acre facility near Bengaluru airport, expected to create approximately 100,000 jobs and be involved in iPhone assembly.
This expansion highlights the potential decline of China as the world’s top consumer electronics producer, as US brands explore alternative manufacturing locations like India and Vietnam. This shift in the global supply chain has accelerated due to the pandemic and geopolitical developments such as the conflict in Ukraine. Young Liu, Chairman of Hon Hai (Foxconn), has reaffirmed their commitment to increasing investments in India, where they already have a significant presence, generating around $10 billion in annual revenue.
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Lantern Pharma (LTRN), an Artificial Intelligence (AI) firm that is transforming the cost, pace, and timeline of oncology drug discovery and development and specifically is developing targeted and transformative cancer therapies using its proprietary RADR® AI and machine learning (“ML”) platform with multiple clinical stage drug programs, announced (on Sept. 18) that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the investigational new drug (IND) application for LP-284. LP-284 is being developed for the treatment of relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), including mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and double hit lymphoma (DHL) and other high-grade B-cell lymphomas (HGBL). Lantern expects to commence enrollment of patients for the first-in-human Phase 1 trial for LP-284 during the fourth quarter of 2023. Lantern estimates that LP-284 can have the potential to improve outcomes for 40,000 to 80,000 patients with blood cancers annually, with a global annual market potential of $4 Billion USD.
“This is now our second novel drug candidate to receive IND clearance from the FDA in the past 100 days, further validating our approach of leveraging AI and machine learning to accelerate the development of our pipeline. LP-284 holds blockbuster potential, and we have been able to expedite its journey from a concept to a first-in-human clinical trial in a highly efficient and cost-effective manner – less than 2.5 years and under approximately $2.7 million – underscoring the power and potential of our AI platform RADR® to accelerate oncology drug discovery and development. RADR® was used to unravel the mechanism of action of LP-284, prioritize its cancer indications, and generate machine-learning biomarker signatures that may be pivotal in selecting patients for future phases of the clinical trials. Our success-to-date with LP-284 reaffirms our commitment to harnessing the power of AI to transform cancer treatment and save lives,” stated Panna Sharma, Lantern’s President and CEO.