BioCentury | Aug 28, 2020
Distillery Therapeutics

Exon skipping therapy for Batten disease

DISEASE CATEGORY: Neurology INDICATION: Neurology Antisense oligonucleotides that induce exon skipping in lysosomal membrane protein CLN3 could treat CLN3 Batten disease, a neurodegenerative lysosomal...
BioCentury | Aug 25, 2020
Finance

Seeing path for cholesterol-lowering program, Forbion launches start-up to house former Dezima molecule

Five years after reaping a strong return from cholesterol-lowering molecule obicetrapib, Forbion is again investing in the program based on a belief it can serve some dyslipidemia patients where others in its class fell short....
BioCentury | Jul 25, 2020
Product Development

NIH, HHS fast-tracking point-of-care, pooled tech as way out of testing crunch

The U.S. government is taking non-conventional paths to point-of-care and pooled technologies in its push to bulk up and speed up the country’s strained COVID-19 testing capacity. In HHS’s case, the department is scrambling to...
BioCentury | Jul 3, 2020
Finance

On heels of $100M raise, Annexon joins burgeoning IPO queue

Two days after raising $100 million in a series D round heavy with crossover investors, Annexon has filed to go public on NASDAQ. The filing adds to a burgeoning IPO queue and caps another busy...
BioCentury | Jun 27, 2020
Product Development

Modeling harmony: learning from preclinical coordination of COVID-19 countermeasures

The all-hands-on-deck COVID-19 response provides a glimpse of what’s possible when drug developers converge around solving a problem. One of the most important developments might be in preclinical research where consensus on harmonized models and...
BioCentury | Jun 10, 2020
Emerging Company Profile

Autobahn: fine-tuning thyroid agonism to remyelinate axons

Autobahn, which launched with a $76 million series B Tuesday, joins at least six other companies with disclosed remyelination programs for multiple sclerosis. But the biotech thinks its prodrug, slated to enter the clinic next...
BioCentury | Jun 4, 2020
Product Development

June 3 Quick Takes: Double double for BeiGene’s Brukinsa; plus Novartis, Merck-Vaxxas, Antibe, Mirum and more

BeiGene’s BTK inhibitor gets first China approval BeiGene Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE; HKEX:6160) said China’s National Medical Products Administration approved Brukinsa zanubrutinib in two cancer indications: chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)/small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) and mantle cell lymphoma...
BioCentury | Apr 15, 2020
Emerging Company Profile

Backed by Third Rock-led syndicate, MOMA seeks new ATP-powered targets by interrogating 'molecular machines'

Third Rock Ventures led a syndicate that invested $86 million in a series A round for MOMA Therapeutics, a newly launched start-up that will seek to interrogate a class of "molecular machines" that drive cellular...
BioCentury | Apr 4, 2020
Finance

Investors are seeking only one thing: a sign the pandemic tide is shifting

The usual clinical and commercial catalysts are taking a back seat in the second quarter as buysiders are almost solely focused on COVID-19 milestones that will stabilize the market. On the other hand, the virtual...
BioCentury | Mar 13, 2020
Tools & Techniques

How to feed the machine: lessons from an AI antibiotics study

The recent AI-based discovery of broad-spectrum antibiotic candidates highlights the potential of new machine learning methods to find compounds humans might otherwise miss, but ups the ante on the quality and diversity of input data...
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