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Bio Roundup: Jazz Drug OK’d, Gilead’s Bet, Moderna Patent Decision & More

EQRx launched in January during the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference with an audacious pledge to create 10 new drugs in as many years and then sell them at “dramatically” lower prices than existing medicines. But it offered few specifics about how it would achieve those goals. This week, drug licensing deals it made with two […]

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Biotech Roundup: BIO on Racism, AbbVie Antibodies, IPO Surge & More

At the start of 2020 thousands of biotechies anticipated spending the second week of June in San Diego, hobnobbing at the annual conference hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. Instead, attendees from 64 countries spanning 28 times zones convened online this week for the first-ever virtual BIO International Convention. There, topics once as unanticipated as the […]

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Bio Roundup: ASCO Opens, Merck Takes On COVID, Evofem’s Approval & More

A year ago about 40,000 people gathered in Chicago for the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Today a virtual version of the ASCO conference, the cancer field’s largest, kicks off, with oncologists and others tuning in from throughout the country and around the world to check out the latest in cancer […]

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Generation Bio Leads a Trio of Biotech Companies Aiming for the Nasdaq

COVID-19 has ravaged the economy, and it was expected to quash the IPO market, too. But the biotech sector is defying the pandemic with crossover financings and freshly minted public companies. On Friday, three firms added their names to the list of life science companies preparing to join the public markets. Gene therapy company Generation […]

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Bio Roundup: Biotech Billions, COVID-19 R&D, Zolgensma’s Path & More

The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the global economy, but three life sciences venture capital firms this week announced new funds totaling nearly $3 billion. ARCH Venture Partners led the pack, adding two funds totaling $1.46 billion to its war chest. Flagship Pioneering bagged $1.1 billion, and venBio Partners reeled in $394 million. Flagship CEO Noubar […]

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Bio Roundup: EQRx’s Ambitions, Nektar No Vote, New Frazier Fund & More

Perhaps the most talked-about news at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference this week was a new startup that launched with $200 million and an ambitious claim that its first drug would be approved within five years, and 10 in total within as many years. Cambridge, MA-based EQRx contends it will be able achieve its goals […]

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Generation Bio Pockets $110M for Next Wave of Gene Therapy, IPO Plans

JP Morgan’s annual healthcare conference convenes in San Francisco this week and Generation Bio CEO Geoff McDonough is betting gene therapy will be among the discussion topics. While such therapies now offer ways to address some rare diseases that previously had no treatment, they also have limitations. Generation Bio is among the new wave of […]

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Biotech Roundup: Drug Pricing Promises, Bone Disease Data, IPO Plans & More

A letter signed by 215 people involved in the biopharma industry, including CEOs and investors, published Wednesday promised to put the “interests of patients first.” Six CEOs, including five who run public companies, co-authored the letter. Signatories agreed to what they dubbed a New Commitment to Patients, a list of “core principals and actions” promising […]

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Encoded Nabs $104M, Illumina’s Help, to Push Gene Therapy’s Limits

Despite the progress of gene therapy—a cutting edge medicine promising long-lasting effects from a single treatment—it remains a crude and limited tool. Startup Encoded Therapeutics has raised $104 million to join the race to expand gene therapy’s reach. The South San Francisco, CA, company has emerged from the startup accelerator of Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN), and […]

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Tango, Finch, Indigo & More: The 2018 Xconomy Award Startup Finalists

This year’s bumper crop of Xconomy Award startup finalists cover a wide range of technologies and approaches, from microbiome and gene therapy to regenerative medicine and emerging areas like chromatin biology. Some are early stage, some are already in the clinic and one even has products on the market. Here are brief profiles of the […]

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