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    Solid Bio yields to Sarepta on Duchenne with plans for merger, R&D shakeup

    The biotech, which fell behind Sarepta in developing a Duchenne gene therapy, will merge with AavantiBio, a gene therapy startup run by a former Sarepta executive.

    By Sept. 30, 2022
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    Ventus sells its lead drug candidate to Novo Nordisk

    The biotech will part with its lead drug candidate, an anti-inflammatory small molecule, in Novo Nordisk’s bet on inflammasome treatments.

    By Sept. 29, 2022
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    Biotech dealmaking

    Acquisitions of biotech companies have picked up in recent quarters, suggesting depressed valuations may be facilitating deal conversations. Read this trendline for a look at the factors impacting M&A. 

    By BioPharma Dive staff
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    Roche pays $70M in another bid to catch up on cancer cell therapies

    Rival companies have set a standard in lymphoma and leukemia. Now the Swiss drugmaker wants to be a pioneer in cell treatments for solid tumors.

    By Sept. 27, 2022
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    Seagen, amid deal rumors, spends $50M on a dual-targeting cancer drug

    While a long-rumored acquisition by Merck & Co. still hasn’t materialized, Seagen is forging ahead with a deal of its own, grabbing rights to a bispecific antibody drug from Lava Therapeutics. 

    By Sept. 26, 2022
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    AstraZeneca gives up on Ionis’ RNA drug for heart disease

    The British drugmaker decided the medicine, which works similarly to Novartis’s Leqvio, wasn’t potent enough to justify further testing. 

    By Sept. 23, 2022
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    Cell therapy startup Carisma merges with troubled Sesen in bid for Wall Street

    The deal results from a strategic review Sesen, formerly known as Eleven Biotherapeutics, undertook after the FDA rejected its top drug last year. 

    By Sept. 21, 2022
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    Rocket gives struggling gene therapy company a lifeline after SPAC merger

    Rocket is acquiring Renovacor at a roughly 75% discount to its public debut price last year, when it became one of dozens of biotechs to merge with a blank check company, or SPAC. 

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    GenFit, continuing rebuild, buys startup Versantis

    The French company, still aiming to rebound from a Phase 3 study failure two years ago, will pay about $41 million for Versantis and its experimental liver disease drugs. 

    By Sept. 19, 2022
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    Theravance, flush with royalty cash, buys shares from GSK

    The planned transaction will further unwind the respiratory disease company’s relationship with GSK, which dates back two decades.

    By Sept. 19, 2022
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    After safety setbacks, job cuts, Imara sells its top drug to a startup

    The biotech, which has lost nearly all of its value since going public in 2020, reached a deal to sell a drug it tested in sickle cell disease to Cardurion Pharmaceuticals, a richly funded company focused on cardiovascular research.

    By Kristin Jensen • Sept. 8, 2022
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    Roche to pay $250M for Good Therapeutics and its targeted drug technology

    The team behind the Seattle-based startup will launch a new company, Bonum Therapeutics, after the sale to Roche is completed.

    By Kristin Jensen • Sept. 7, 2022
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    Illumina’s hold on Grail depends now on separate appeals in US, Europe

    While it plans to appeal this week’s EC decision, Illumina say it’s preparing for ‘strategic alternatives’ to its acquisition of early cancer detection firm Grail.

    By Elise Reuter • Updated Sept. 6, 2022
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    Judge rules in favor of Illumina, countering FTC concerns over Grail merger

    The ruling makes it more likely Illumina can retain its former subsidiary, which makes cancer diagnostics. The dispute is an important test case for the agency’s plans to more closely scrutinize life sciences mergers. 

    By Elise Reuter , Ricky Zipp • Sept. 2, 2022
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    With rare acquisition, Novo Nordisk makes $1B bet on sickle cell disease drug

    The target company, Forma Therapeutics, started as a developer of cancer drugs but has made the most progress in rare blood disorders, attracting Novo’s attention.

    By Updated Sept. 6, 2022
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    Biotech startup Ocean pivots from IPO to SPAC merger

    The blank-check deal gives Ocean another route to public markets after it struggled to price an initial public offering it revealed back in June 2021.

    By Aug. 31, 2022
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    Neurocrine, with latest deal, gets a foothold in Europe

    The neuroscience-focused company has agreed to buy U.K.-based Diurnal for around $57 million, a move it expects to “accelerate the establishment of its clinical development and commercial activities” in Europe.

    By Aug. 30, 2022
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    Novartis begins plans to spin off generic drug business

    After reviewing multiple options including a possible sale, the Swiss drugmaker said spinning off Sandoz would give the division “greater freedom to operate” and capitalize on newly growing sales.

    By Aug. 25, 2022
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    Aerie’s glaucoma drug journey ends in $770M sale to Alcon

    The biotech successfully brought two medicines to market, but shares have lost most of their value amid sluggish sales. 

    By Aug. 23, 2022
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    Gemini’s fall gives Disc a way around biotech’s IPO slump

    The biotech’s failed attempt to develop an eye drug has ended in a reverse merger that gives startup Disc Medicine a fast path to the public markets.

    By Aug. 10, 2022
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    Pfizer buys sickle cell drugmaker Global Blood for $5.4B

    The acquisition gives Pfizer access to Oxbryta, an approved drug for the blood condition, as well as two experimental medicines.

    By , Updated Aug. 8, 2022
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    How a small UK biotech ended up in Gilead’s hands

    MiroBio, which was spun out of the University of Oxford three years ago, drew Gilead’s interest with its autoimmune disease research.

    By Aug. 5, 2022
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    Amgen bets almost $4B on a biotech and its inflammation drugs

    The deals hands Amgen a few clinical programs and a marketed therapy in Tavneos, which was approved last year to treat a group of autoimmune diseases.

    By Aug. 4, 2022
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    AbCellera inks another venture partnership, this time with Atlas

    One week after striking a deal with Versant, the antibody specialist is teaming up with Atlas to provide drug candidates to an undisclosed startup backed by the biotech investor.

    By Aug. 3, 2022
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    AbbVie, targeting a well-known protein family, expands a partnership into neuroscience

    It’s the second deal in as many years between AbbVie and Sosei Heptares, which together have been trying to develop drugs that target so-called G protein-coupled receptors.

    By Aug. 2, 2022
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    Ipsen, continuing oncology push, pays a startup $45M for two cancer drugs

    The French company will work with Marengo Therapeutics in an alliance that could be worth as much as $1.6 billion.

    By Aug. 1, 2022