BioCentury | May 29, 2020

May 28 Quick Takes: Illumina leads $70M Ginkgo round; plus Arena, Viela Bio, BioCryst, Progenity and Microbion

Ginkgo financing to support COVID-19 testing New investor Illumina Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) led a $70 million round on Thursday for genetic engineering company Ginkgo Bioworks Inc.; existing investors General Atlantic and Viking Global Investors also participated....
BioCentury | Jan 25, 2020
Product Development

A milestone year for Roche’s CNS gambit could kick off its plan for the decade

A ramped up focus on CNS that has been long in the making could start to pay off this year for Roche, which has two programs slated for launch and four others with late-stage readouts...
BioCentury | Oct 9, 2019
Company News

With Japan submission nearing in NMOSD, Viela picks Mitsubishi as territorial partner

Just days after completing its IPO, Viela will receive another cash infusion from a partnership giving Mitsubishi Tanabe territorial rights to lead program inebilizumab to treat neuromyelitis optical spectrum disorder. Viela Bio Inc. (NASDAQ:VIE) will...
BioCentury | Aug 29, 2019
Financial News

MedImmune-spinout Viela seeking $150M IPO

Autoimmune disease company Viela proposed Thursday to raise up to $150 million in an IPO -- two days after FDA accepted its first BLA for review, and two months after it closed a $75 million...
BioCentury | Jul 16, 2019
Company News

Genentech adds three discovery partnerships to build out pipeline

Through a trio of deals with Convelo, Skyhawk and Sosei Heptares announced Tuesday, Genentech is adding programs that could refresh its early stage neurology pipeline, as well as its oncology and other early R&D. Global...
BioCentury | Jun 19, 2019
Financial News

Coenzyme A company Comet debuts with $28.5M series A

Led by former Syntimmune CEO David de Graaf, Comet launched Wednesday with $28.5 million in series A funding to develop precursors of coenzyme A to treat metabolic, immune and neurological disorders that involve dysregulated coenzyme...
BioCentury | Jun 17, 2019
Financial News

Viela's $75M series B to support BLA, autoimmune pipeline

After attracting multiple crossover investors to its latest venture round, Viela’s $75 million series B could be the last private round for the MedImmune spinout. HBM Healthcare Investments led the financing with participation from fellow...
BioCentury | Dec 14, 2018
Clinical News

Syros' SY-1425 plus Vidaza leads to 63% ORR in biomarker-positive AML cohort

Syros Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:SYRS) reported Phase II data from a cohort of eight evaluable newly diagnosed, biomarker-positive acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) patients showing that tamibarotene (SY-1425) plus Vidaza azacitidine from Celgene Corp. (NASDAQ:CELG) led to...
BioCentury | Sep 13, 2018
Translation in Brief

New Therapeutic Targets and Biomarkers: August 2018

New Therapeutic Targets and Biomarkers: August 2018 Select top therapeutic targets and biomarkers covered by BioCentury or added to the BCIQ database in August 2018. Therapeutic targets are defined as any protein, gene or other...
BioCentury | Aug 17, 2018
Targets & Mechanisms

Unsaturated remyelination

Enzymes downstream in cholesterol biosynthesis could provide new ways to stimulate remyelination that avoid the baggage of previously identified multiple sclerosis targets, according to a group at Case Western. The university is spinning out Convelo...
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