BioCentury | Nov 24, 2020

OncoImmune's choice to repurpose GvHD program for COVID pays off via $425M takeout by Merck

OncoImmune’s move to repurpose its GvHD program for COVID-19 has paid off via a takeout by Merck for $425 million up front. Under the deal, which includes undisclosed milestones and royalties, Merck & Co. Inc....
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 18, 2020
Product Development

Annual BayHelix awards highlight China’s growing life sciences sector; HKEX’s Li, Zai’s Du, Innovent among winners

In an award ceremony recognizing eight achievements in the life sciences in China this year, BayHelix highlighted the rapid growth of financing and deals by China’s biopharma companies. Innovent took home the Company of the Year...
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...
BioCentury | Nov 11, 2020
Emerging Company Profile

CatalYm: opening up tumors to immune cells

CatalYm is targeting a lesser known immunosuppressant function of GDF15 to resensitize cancer patients to checkpoint blockade and enhance the ability of CAR T therapies to infiltrate solid tumors. The Munich-based biotech has raised €50 million...
BioCentury | Nov 11, 2020
Product Development

Nov. 10 Quick Takes: Tezepelumab meets in asthma Phase III; plus a call for speedy trial results, updates on COVID vaccines from Sinovac, CureVac and more

AZ, Amgen rise on asthma dataTezepelumab from AstraZeneca plc (LSE:AZN; NYSE:AZN) and Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) met the primary endpoint of a statistically significant reduction in annualized asthma exacerbation...
BioCentury | Nov 7, 2020

Apollomics anchors investor base in Asia with $124M raise as it readies for its next phase of growth

Apollomics has shored up its Asian investor base with a $124 million series C round that provides the oncology company with flexibility to advance its pair of lead compounds while continuing to hunt for...
BioCentury | Nov 2, 2020
Product Development

Next-generation checkpoints take another hit as Jounce stops enrollment in ICOS agonist trial

Jounce’s strategy to re-focus its anti-ICOS mAb program on patients with ICOS-high T cells hit a roadblock on Monday when the company said it was stopping enrollment in a Phase II study.  Jounce Therapeutics Inc....
BioCentury | Oct 30, 2020
Product Development

José Baselga on how new modalities and biomarkers are shaping AZ’s oncology strategy

AstraZeneca’s oncology R&D chief José Baselga sees the pharma’s push into ADCs as prologue for its quiet move into cell therapies, as the company builds up a stable of new modalities and targets...
BioCentury | Oct 28, 2020

In third cancer deal, EQRx aims to bring down cost of PD-1, PD-L1 inhibitors

Through its latest deal with CStone, EQRx is looking to bring lower cost PD-1 and PD-L1 inhibitors to market. EQRx Inc. launched in January with a $200 million series A and a mission to bring innovative...
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