23:19 , Jul 15, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Financial News

July 15 Financial Quick Takes: RA raises $300M for new fund; plus Alphamab and Castle

RA launches $300M VC fund  RA Capital raised $300 million for its first close-ended venture fund, dubbed Nexus, which will invest in private companies backed by the firm's main fund, RA Capital Healthcare Fund L.P....
01:30 , Jul 13, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Tools & Techniques

Broadening role for external control arms in clinical trials

External control arms are moving from theory to practice as drug developers begin to use them to make internal go/no-go decisions for clinical programs and to support regulatory applications. The field is largely split between...
22:00 , Jul 11, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Product Development

How Zymeworks aims to take on Roche’s $10B HER2 franchise

Zymeworks is going head to head with one of the biggest commercial cancer franchises -- Roche’s Herceptin trastuzumab and Perjeta pertuzumab -- as it pursues clinical proof-of-concept for its protein engineering platform. Pivotal readouts in...
21:59 , Jul 11, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Targets & Mechanisms

The tumor stroma rises as the newest source of immuno-oncology targets

With a spate of therapies entering the clinic, the next frontier in the fight against resistance to checkpoint inhibitors will be the stroma. The lead target marks a resurgence of interest in TGFβ, and behind...
21:42 , Jul 3, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Financial News

July 3 Financial Quick Takes: Mega-round for China’s Lepu; plus Citryll, Jibeier and Calliditas

Shiyu Capital leads Lepu’s $131M A round  Lepu Biotechnology Co. Ltd. closed a RMB900 million ($130.7 million) series A round led by Shiyu Capital. Sumin Investment, Kaiyuan Guochuang, Suzhou Xinrui, Le Cheng Medical, and existing...
21:56 , Jun 28, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Clinical News

June 28 Clinical Quick Takes: Imfinzi extends survival in Phase III SCLC study; plus LSK, Pfizer, FibroGen, Aclaris and more

AZ's Imfinzi shows survival benefit in Phase III for SCLC  AstraZeneca plc (LSE:AZN; NYSE:AZN) said an interim analysis of the Phase III CASPIAN trial showed Imfinzi plus etoposide and platinum-based chemotherapy met the primary endpoint...
01:37 , Jun 28, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Product Development

How Array stayed alive long enough to grow up

Array’s 21-year journey as an independent platform company, culminating in an $11.4 billion buyout, required shifting focus from research to development and back again. The acquisition sends a message that developing focused expertise and sticking...
00:27 , Jun 22, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Clinical News

June 21 Clinical Quick Takes: Melanoma miss for Exelixis/Genentech combo; plus Progenics, Turning Point, Gracell

Cotellic/Tecentriq combo misses in melanoma  Exelixis Inc. (NASDAQ:EXEL) revealed in a Thursday SEC filing that Cotellic cobimetinib plus Tecentriq atezolizumab from partner Genentech Inc. missed the primary endpoint of improving progression-free survival vs. Keytruda pembrolizumab...
20:01 , Jun 20, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Translation in Brief

Turning Tregs against cancer

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital found that inhibiting a signalosome complex in Treg cells could convert the immunosuppressive cell type into inflammatory cells in tumors, a strategy that could both increase the efficacy of checkpoint...
00:43 , Jun 18, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Clinical News

June 17 Clinical Quick Takes: VBI's HBV vaccine misses secondary endpoint, plus ArQule, Verastem and more

VBI falls with HBV vaccine miss on secondary endpoint  VBI Vaccines Inc. (NASDAQ:VBIV) sank $1.24 (66%) to $0.65 Monday after reporting that two doses of Sci-B-Vac failed to show non-inferior seroprotection at day 168 vs....