At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan said COVID-19 is likely to become endemic and called for an investment in pandemic preparedness. His comments come shortly after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the world’s failure to prepare for future pandemics is “straining credulity.” (CNBC)

The Washington Post editorial board urged Congress to not wait around for the end of the antibiotic era. “The inadequate pipeline of potential new drugs has been a subject of concern for years, prompting frequent debate about whether and how the government should help,” the editorial read. (The Washington Post)

Ex-Google comms chief D-J Collins founded biotech startup Early with designer Thomas Heatherwick. Collins left Google in 2013 to set up PR firm Milltown, while Thomas Heatherwick designed Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley and London. (Business Insider)

Monoclonal antibodies could be a solution to chronic pain, according to a preliminary study. Early research suggests that monoclonal antibodies — used to protect the vulnerable from COVID-19—may provide non-addictive, long-lasting pain relief. (National Geographic)

Some people may be able to stretch out the time between colonoscopies, a recent JAMA study suggested. Researchers looked at 120,000 people 65 and older in Germany from 2013 to 2019 who had a colonoscopy 10 or more years after an initial negative screening, and compared them with all colonoscopy screenings conducted on people 65 or older in that time period – most of whom were being screened for the first time. (CNN)