23:52 , Aug 8, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Tools & Techniques

Checkpoint inhibitors are bringing oncolytic viruses back into the spotlight

Early clinical readouts for next-generation oncolytic viruses are hinting at high efficacy when combined with checkpoint inhibitors, and pharmas are off to the races to find the best pairings. After more than two decades of...
21:56 , Jul 23, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

Biogen prioritizing new areas as it awaits SMA landscape changes

Biogen will increasingly prioritize immunology and ophthalmology to better balance risk and reward within its pipeline, executives said during the company's quarterly call Tuesday. As the biotech reported earnings that generally beat expectations, management played...
22:01 , Jun 17, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  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...
21:08 , May 23, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Emerging Company Profile

Obsidian: Fine-tuning therapeutic protein expression with approved drugs

Obsidian is building a tool kit of engineered proteins whose expression can be finely tuned with FDA-approved small molecules, and its first application is in boosting the efficacy of cell therapies through a deal with...
19:11 , Apr 25, 2019 |  BC Week In Review  |  Clinical News

Viela publishes Phase Ib data for CD40L antagonist in RA

Viela said the highest two doses of VIB4920 (formerly MEDI4920) significantly reduced disease activity in a Phase Ib trial to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Data were published in Science Translational Medicine . Viela first reported data...
13:59 , Mar 27, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

Lilly, ImmuNext in preclinical autoimmune pact

ImmuNext granted Lilly an exclusive, worldwide license to an undisclosed preclinical target to treat autoimmune diseases. The partners said they intend to develop an antibody targeting the metabolism of lymphocytes. ImmuNext Inc. (Lebanon, N.H.) will...
03:03 , Jan 26, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Product Development

Target wide, test narrow in lupus

While last year’s spate of clinical misses in lupus leave the field still in search of optimal targets, the 2019 outlook isn’t all doom. Companies with shots on goal are using sharper endpoints and aiming...
00:33 , Jan 25, 2019 |  BC Week In Review  |  Company News

Celgene bolsters immuno-metabolism, immune cell toolbox with Kyn, Obsidian deals

Partnerships with Boston area biotechs Kyn Therapeutics Inc. and Obsidian Therapeutics Inc. announced on Jan. 18 by Celgene Corp. (NASDAQ:CELG) indicate the big biotech is continuing to build its immuno-metabolism and immune cell therapy toolboxes...
00:30 , Jan 19, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

Celgene bolsters immuno-metabolism, immune cell toolbox with Kyn, Obsidian deals

Partnerships with Boston area biotechs Kyn Therapeutics Inc. and Obsidian Therapeutics Inc. announced late this week by Celgene Corp. (NASDAQ:CELG) indicate the big biotech is continuing to build its immuno-metabolism and immune cell therapy toolboxes...
13:42 , Jan 3, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Distillery Therapeutics

Transplant

INDICATION: Organ transplant rejection Mouse studies suggest inhibiting CXCL13, CD40L and ICOSLG, which play roles in B cell maturation and activation, could help treat antibody-mediated lung transplant rejection. In a mouse model of antibody-mediated lung...