BioCentury | Mar 13, 2021
Product Development

Long COVID therapies are starting to populate a sparse pipeline

As Long COVID research ramps up, the first set of therapeutic candidates are either geared toward organ-centered pathology shared with other diseases, or viral and immune mechanisms that could be unifying...
BioCentury | Jan 23, 2021
Emerging Company Profile

ONK’s CAR NK cells hit the TRAIL

ONK thinks its engineered TRAIL variants will make CAR NK cells more potent and resistance-proof against both hematological and solid cancers.  The company, which spun out of National University of Ireland Galway in 2015, has applied...
BioCentury | Dec 17, 2020
Deals

GSK adds to next-generation checkpoint pipeline with Surface deal

GlaxoSmithKline’s $85 million deal with Surface Oncology caps off a big month for NK cell technologies and adds PVRIG to the growing list of NK cell checkpoint targets entering pharma pipelines. ...
BioCentury | Nov 25, 2020
Product Development

Data Byte: a snapshot of the clinical cutaneous T cell lymphoma pipeline

At least 14 therapies are in the clinic to treat cutaneous T cell lymphoma, a rare cancer of T lymphocytes that primarily affects the skin. The most common subtypes of CTCL are mycosis fungoides and...
BioCentury | Oct 9, 2020
Translation in Brief

Philogen immunocytokine for glioma; plus Nordic's radiotherapy, Beth Israel Deaconness, Molecular Partners and Alpine

Philogen immunocytokine for brain cancerUniversity of Zurich and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) scientists reported data from the first three patients with grade III/IV glioblastoma in a Phase I/II trial of Philogen S.p.A.’s Fibromun (L19-TNF)...
BioCentury | Sep 1, 2020
Deals

Gilead deal clears path for Jounce to advance immuno-oncology programs

Via a deal with Gilead yielding $120 million in upfront cash for rights to a preclinical oncology program, Jounce will extend its cash runway into 2023 as it presses forward with a lead program on...
BioCentury | Aug 15, 2020
Product Development

Celltrion launches antigen and serology COVID-19 tests in the U.S., Verily adds capacity with CLIA lab and more

COVID-19 diagnostic developments this week include the addition of two types of COVID-19 rapid test kits by Celltrion and Verily’s move to boost capacity with a new CLIA lab in South San Francisco. ...
BioCentury | Aug 5, 2020
Product Development

I-SPY COVID brings new set of targets to master protocols for acute respiratory distress

While most master protocols for COVID-19 have converged on an overlapping set of experimental therapies, the COVID R&D Alliance’s adaptive trial is kicking off with five therapeutic targets largely untouched in the indication. Three members...
BioCentury | Jul 16, 2020
Regulation

July 15 Quick Takes: Early access in U.K. for Alnylam RNAi; plus Verrica, CytoDyn, J&J and Roche

U.K. clears early access to lumasiran The U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is making lumasiran from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY) available to patients with primary hyperoxaluria type I before its approval by the...
BioCentury | Jun 27, 2020
Product Development

BARDA no longer funding immunomodulators as support for the therapeutic class to treat COVID-19 grows

A slew of therapies entered the clinic this week aimed at tamping down the immune system to treat excessive lung inflammation in COVID-19 patients, even as BARDA announced it would no longer fund the class...
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