00:21 , Aug 6, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

Management tracks: Allogene snags Adaptimmune's Amado; plus Foundation Medicine, CymaBay and more

CAR T therapy company Allogene Therapeutics Inc . (NASDAQ:ALLO) hired Rafael G. Amado as EVP of R&D and CMO, effective Sept. 3. He was president of R&D at Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ:ADAP). Allogene Executive Chairman...
00:19 , Jul 30, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

July 29 Company Quick Takes: Dupixent sales boost Sanofi; plus Twist, J&J, Alkermes and more

Despite multibillion dollar impairment, Sanofi beats on 2Q19 earnings  Sanofi (Euronext:SAN; NASDAQ:SNY) reported 2Q19 sales of €496 million from dermatitis and asthma drug Dupixent dupilumab, beating the Street's estimate of €411 million. The pharma also...
22:01 , Jul 19, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Product Development

Gilead’s $5.1B Galapagos deal threads the needle between M&A and licensing

The structure of Gilead’s partnership with Galapagos gives the U.S. biotech access to all of Galapagos’ programs, without the brain drain that followed its acquisition of Kite. Human capital was the driver behind Gilead Sciences...
23:02 , May 30, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Product Development

CAR T developers plan steps to reach more indications

As CAR T developers take stock after the first wave of approvals, they are drawing a to-do list of what changes are needed to broaden the modality from its narrow indications and fully exploit its...
20:49 , May 24, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Finance

How Europe’s hotspots of innovation could fuel its rise as a global player in new modalities

It is clear that Europe has hotspots of innovation that are discovering and developing the next wave of new therapeutic modalities. Nearly every category of new modality has a European champion, with clusters forming around...
15:32 , May 21, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

Merck bets on HIF2As with Peloton takeout ahead of planned listing

Days before Peloton was to price an IPO that would fund Phase III testing of its HIF2A program to treat kidney cancer, the biotech has elected instead to take a buyout offer from Merck &...
23:09 , May 17, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Politics & Policy

Friends, Parker Institute call for more flexibility in early T cell therapy development

Friends of Cancer Research and the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy recommend more flexible IND and manufacturing requirements and the use of adaptive clinical trials to advance development of emerging cellular therapeutics such as CAR...
20:04 , Apr 25, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Finance

The academic founders' conundrum

First-time academic entrepreneurs face a circular problem: while they’re continually sought after by VCs and pharmas seeking the next “big thing”, they also face an arduous path to establish their bona fides - not for...
14:00 , Apr 11, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Financial News

TPG, Vida back Asklepios in $235M round

TPG Capital and Vida Ventures have again teamed up to invest in a biotech's megaround, pouring a combined $225 million into gene therapy company Asklepios in exchange for a undisclosed minority stake. The company's founders...
20:07 , Mar 13, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Financial News

BioNTech mum on $800M IPO report

Amid a report that it will seek an $800 million IPO, BioNTech told BioCentury it is still evaluating all financial options. Citing undisclosed people familiar with the IPO, Reuters has reported that BioNTech AG (Mainz,...