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Singapore Hummingbird to start COVID antibody therapy trial

SK-backed startup receives approval from local authorities

 A nurse cares for a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok on April 23, 2020.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Cancer antibody developer Hummingbird Bioscience has received approval from Singapore health authorities to start a clinical trial for COVID-19 antibody therapy.

Early trials are ongoing while a Phase 3 trial is scheduled for the end of the year. The latest trial will study the safety and efficacy of the experimental treatment HMBD-115, the company said.

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