13:01 , Jul 1, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Financial News

Versant, Bayer bet big on iPS cells to tackle price, efficacy of CAR therapies

Looking to tap allogeneic iPS cells to address the shortcomings of CAR cell therapies, Bayer and Versant Ventures launched Century Therapeutics on Monday with $250 million in funding. It’s the second time the partners have...
01:05 , Jun 28, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Translation in Brief

Banking on biomarkers for synthetic lethality

Repare thinks its biomarker-first approach could be a key differentiator for its synthetic lethal cancer drug programs. The company is collaborating with test developers ahead of time to recruit patients poised to benefit. Losing function...
03:07 , Jun 7, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Targets & Mechanisms

Following PARP, ATR axis next in line to expand synthetic lethal drug class

Promising ASCO readouts suggest targets in the ATR pathway are lining up behind PARP as the next drivers of “synthetic lethal” cancer killing. Biomarker and combination strategies presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology...
00:29 , May 25, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Financial News

New IPO filings include BridgeBio, Dermavant, Prevail, Atreca, Akero

In a week in which two biotechs went public and a third opted for a billion-dollar takeout instead of an IPO, five companies filed on Friday to list on NASDAQ in IPOs that could raise...
14:31 , May 8, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

Gilead’s Goldfinch deal signals renewed optimism in kidney therapies

In the latest sign of that the kidney is regaining attention for drug developers, Gilead has tapped Goldfinch's drug discovery tools to co-develop therapies for diabetic kidney disease and orphan kidney diseases. Goldfinch Biopharma Inc....
11:10 , May 8, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

Why dwarfism start-up Therachon picked Pfizer takeout over IPO

Rather than file for an IPO as it had been planning to do, Therachon has elected to take a buyout offer from Pfizer, handing the pharma a clinical program to treat achondroplasia. Pfizer will pay...
10:08 , Apr 30, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Finance

How Nextech-led round will help Vividion to POC

After identifying three lead programs with its proteome-wide small molecule screening platform, San Diego-based Vividion has raised $82 million in an oversubscribed series B round led by new investor Nextech Invest. Now flush with over...
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...
00:24 , Apr 12, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Product Development

NLRP3 early and often

Inflammasome inhibitors could offer a step change for a slew of inflammatory diseases and pharma is taking notice. Two acquisitions in six months show the first inflammasome target -- NLRP3 -- is gaining momentum, but...
12:40 , Apr 3, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

Editas, BlueRock to combine technologies for engineered cell medicines

Gene editing company Editas and cell therapy play BlueRock are collaborating to develop engineered, allogeneic cell medicines to treat neurologic, cardiologic, and immunologic disorders and cancer. Under a deal announced Wednesday, the companies will combine...