BioCentury | Nov 23, 2020
Emerging Company Profile

SV Health-incubated Catamaran debuts with $42M to develop CAR NK pipeline

Catamaran debuted Monday with a $42 million series A round to advance a pipeline of allogeneic CAR NK cell therapies that seed investor SV Health hopes can “democratize access to cell therapy.”  SV’s Houman Ashrafian...
BioCentury | Nov 21, 2020

Mei readies Antengene to take its next steps to becoming a global biotech

Fresh off its $360 million IPO on the Hong Kong stock exchange, Shanghai’s Antengene is looking to take the next step in its evolution by building out its pipeline and launching its first drug....
BioCentury | Nov 20, 2020
Product Development

Phase III COVID-19 vaccine data kick-start next phase: mapping efficacy to antibody levels

Efficacy data from the first two Phase III trials of COVID-19 vaccines shattered expectations and validated mRNA as a vaccine modality. The findings also mark the start of the search for correlates of protection. An...
BioCentury | Nov 19, 2020

Syncona enters kidney disease space with gene therapy newco Purespring

The launch of Purespring Therapeutics marks the next phase of Syncona’s strategy in moving gene therapy from targeting rare monogenic diseases to more complex, highly prevalent settings. On Thursday, Syncona Ltd. (LSE:SYNC) launched its sixth...
BioCentury | Nov 19, 2020

With $4.6B fund to spend, Blackstone branching beyond Clarus’ ‘bread and butter’ risk-sharing deals

Two years after Clarus’ acquisition by Blackstone, the life sciences investor is taking advantage of its parent company’s scale to stretch beyond its initial sweet spot. The firm that specialized in risk-sharing deals is now...
BioCentury | Nov 17, 2020

Another U-turn for COVID-19 testing regulation as HHS requires FDA to re-prioritize LDT review

The latest switchback in the U.S.’s regulation of COVID-19 tests sees HHS requiring FDA to review tests it previously said the agency lacked authority over, highlighting the challenge of pursuing a deregulatory agenda in the midst...
BioCentury | Nov 14, 2020

Jeito adds dry powder to invest in European innovation

French VC Jeito has added a second strategic investor, this time a little closer to home. Sanofi (Euronext:SAN; NASDAQ:SNY) invested €50 million ($59 million), marking the pharma’s first investment into...
BioCentury | Nov 14, 2020
Politics, Policy & Law

Candidates for next FDA commissioner

Four former FDA officials and an oncologist are on a list of candidates President-elect Joe Biden’s team is considering as FDA commissioner, individuals who are advising the transition team told BioCentury....
BioCentury | Nov 14, 2020
Politics, Policy & Law

U.K.’s opportunity as changes come to MHRA, NICE

On the cusp of a new era outside of Europe, the U.K. has an opportunity to create an innovative and interconnected regulatory and reimbursement system that can attract biopharma by accelerating patient...
BioCentury | Nov 14, 2020

Innovation in a hurry: China biotechs see a fast track to global stage – survey

The Chinese biopharma landscape in five years will see a majority of the money magnet companies commanding innovation, with first-in-class targets filling their pipelines and innovative biologics outpacing...
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