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Reality Check: Cancer Experts Discuss Hurdles Facing CAR-T Therapy

There’s a lot of excitement these days about a type of cellular immunotherapy known as CAR-T, a method of modifying peoples’ immune cells to fight cancer. But you could also fill a book listing all the problems its makers will have to solve—how to test, manufacture, and even the define the nature of these cancer-killing […]

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East Coast Biotech Roundup: XTuit, Spero, Unum, RNAi Feud & More

New startups. New data. Financings. Acquisitions. Legal tussles. FDA advisory panels. It’s been that kind of week in East Coast biotech. So grab some coffee and let’s roll through this week’s headlines. —This week a new type of cholesterol-lowering drug was in the spotlight, a class of injectable therapies that block the protein known as […]

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IPO “On the Horizon” for Unum After $65M Series B, CEO Says

It’s been quite a week for Unum Therapeutics. Just three days after inking its first partnership, the emerging cellular immunotherapy startup has bagged its biggest funding round to date, and an initial public offering may not be far behind. Cambridge, MA-based Unum this morning raised a $65 million Series B round from a large group […]

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Seattle Genetics Pays $25M to Buy Into Unum’s Souped-Up T-Cell Therapy

Unum Therapeutics started up last year with its own twist on the increasingly crowded field of cellular immunotherapy. Today, that plan got a stamp of support from Seattle Genetics. SeaGen (NASDAQ: SGEN) has agreed to team up with Cambridge, MA-based Unum in a broad deal to use the former’s antibodies with Unum’s cellular immunotherapy technology […]

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Seven Takeaways From “What’s Hot in Boston Biotech”

Sure, things may look great now, but it wasn’t long ago that Kendall Square was a biotech ghost town—and the good times might come to an end if we’re not careful. Meanwhile, gene therapy, cell therapy, and microbiome research look poised to make an impact on healthcare—just don’t overlook the hurdles that remain, or underestimate […]

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Find Out “What’s Hot in Boston Biotech” on April 8

Life sciences innovation is moving fast these days, and Boston is right in the center of it. Consider the past year alone: Gene therapy, once an abandoned research field fraught with safety issues, produced real human data suggesting it might be able to reverse a crippling blood disorder. Cellular immunotherapy techniques are showing real promise […]

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Inside a Life Sciences Industry Confab: Notes from Convergence

It didn’t bother me that my attendee badge was missing from the registration booth when I arrived at Convergence: The Life Sciences Leaders Forum in Newport, RI, last week. I suspect it was stolen by the same conference gremlins who bilked my badge at the NVCA annual meeting this spring, the 2007 BIO meeting in […]

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New Biotech Biz Models (and the Tested Bob Langer-Terry McGuire Approach) Emerge at Xconomy Forum

We could have called it the “New Biotech Business Model Expo.” Xconomy’s forum—How to Build a Life Sciences Company—attracted venture capitalists and entrepreneurs from around the Boston area (and a few from across the country) to the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge on Tuesday morning to showcase the strategies they’ve used to form […]

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