Bill Martin, the Global Therapeutic Area Head of Neuroscience at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, shared some of the promising developments in the neuroscience space, such as the rise of neuro-immunology and the industry’s embrace of digital health tools to support drug development in a recent interview.
赛诺菲的策略开发新信使RNA vaccines is adding another piece. The pharmaceutical giant struck a deal to acquire Origimm Biotechnology, a startup developing therapeutic vaccines to treat skin diseases and infections.
Quell Therapeutics’ $156 million Series B round comes as it prepares to advance to a clinical trial testing its lead regulatory T cell therapy candidate as way to prevent organ rejection in liver transplant patients. The progress is part of a growing field of Treg cell therapy developers that is becoming increasingly competitive.
GlaxoSmithKline sees enough promise in the early clinical data of a novel NASH drug to pay its developer, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, $120 million up front for rights to the experimental therapy. The Arrowhead drug uses RNA interference to “silence” an enzyme associated with the progression of the fatty liver disease.
AbbVie returned the rights to the drugs to Sosei Heptares earlier this year. Now Neurocrine Biosciences has agreed to pay the Japanese drug company $100 million to license the rights to these preclinical and clinical-stage compounds that address muscarinic receptors to potentially treat a range of neurological disorders.
The sum represents Sanofi’s equity investment in Owkin, plus a payment to begin a research partnership covering four types of cancer. Meanwhile, Owkin said the Sanofi investment boosts the startup into unicorn status and marks the start of its Series B funding round.
Generate Biomedicines applies artificial intelligence and machine learning to protein analysis, which it uses to program its protein therapies for particular applications. The startup now has $370 million in financing to rapidly scale up operations, with a goal of reaching the clinic within two years.
Organon’s proposed acquisition of Forendo Pharma is the company’s third since spinning out of Merck in the summer. Clinical-stage Forendo is developing a new, potentially more targeted approach to treating endometriosis.
Biohaven Pharmaceuticals has seen strong U.S. market uptake for its oral migraine drug, Nurtec. With regulatory decisions looming around the world, the company has landed the marketing muscle of Pfizer, which is paying $500 million up front for the right to market that drug and another clinical-stage compound outside of the U.S.