BioCentury | Jul 17, 2020
Emerging Company Profile

Acepodia: linking antitumor antibodies to immune cells

Acepodia is using its antibody-cell conjugation platform to link tumor-targeting antibodies to the surface of cell therapies while avoiding genetic engineering. The platform, which has the potential for cost savings compared with CAR T therapy,...
BioCentury | Jul 11, 2020
Translation in Brief

Peptide blocker of myeloid checkpoint; plus a magnet-based device to collect circulating tumor cells, severe vs. mild COVID-19 immune cell profiles and more

Macrocyclic don’t-eat-me signal blocker A Japan-based team has reported in Cell Chemical Biology the development of a macrocyclic peptide that allosterically blocks the CD47-SIRPA myeloid checkpoint. The 15-residue peptide binds mouse SIRPA, and in a...
BioCentury | Jun 22, 2020

First-day pop gives SinocellTech massive market cap on Shanghai’s STAR

With a first-day stock move that nearly tripled its share price, SinocellTech became the highest-valued biotech traded on Shanghai’s STAR market since the launch of its biotech chapter last year. SinocellTech Ltd. (Shanghai:688520) climbed 185%...
BioCentury | Jun 11, 2020

In course correction, AbbVie steers toward innovation with Genmab deal

AbbVie’s Genmab deal gives it a ticket to one of the hottest modality spaces, albeit as a latecomer. The pharma gains bispecific antibodies to add to its ADCs and standard mAbs, extending its tool kit...
BioCentury | Jun 10, 2020

Deals for leading Chinese immuno-oncology companies: Innovent lands Roche as partner; JW raises $100M

Two of China’s most prominent immuno-oncology companies made moves this week to bolster their CAR T cell therapy pipelines: one via a deal and the other with a financing. Innovent Biologics Inc. (HKSE:1801) has acquired...
BioCentury | Jun 4, 2020
Product Development

With impending Benlysta submission, GSK seeking new paradigm in lupus nephritis treatment

Newly presented Phase III data burnish GSK’s case for a regulatory submission planned for this month seeking to expand the label of lupus drug Benlysta to include lupus nephritis. Richard Furie, the lead investigator of...
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 | Jun 2, 2020

Hillhouse-backed $160M series B round to drive Genor’s first candidate to the market

Genor plans to establish a commercial team and take its first checkpoint inhibitor to market for a new indication after raising a $160 million series B round led by existing investor Hillhouse Capital. New investors...
BioCentury | May 23, 2020
Product Development

Hot topics at ASCO 2020

Center stage at this year’s virtual ASCO meeting are a series of hot topics that demonstrate the transformative potential of a single data readout or regulatory update. Areas to watch include next-generation checkpoint targets, where...
BioCentury | May 6, 2020
Product Development

May 5 Quick Takes: Data propel Adverum, TG, Akebia stocks; plus Tolmar, SRI-Exscientia, Sino-GeoVax

TG’s combo meets Phase III leukemia endpoint TG Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:TGTX) climbed $4.23 (34%) to $16.69 on Tuesday after CD20 inhibitor ublituximab plus PI3Kδ inhibitor umbralisib met the primary endpoint of progression-free survival (PFS) in...
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