Gilead Acquisition Of Cell Design: The Next Logical Step
Already partnered with Kite to apply two technology platforms to CAR-T candidates, Cell Design adds to Gilead's immuno-oncology expertise. Analysts expect more add-ons for Gilead's increasing IO focus.
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While Milligan’s year-end departure topped the news, Gilead posted solid sales growth for Yescarta, got the HIV franchise back to growth and saw HCV’s decline largely stabilize. CSO McHutchison, meanwhile, predicted that selonsertib could be first to market in NASH.
Gilead committed more than $3bn via its subsidiary Kite to license Sangamo's zinc finger technology for gene editing that may deliver improved T cell therapies for cancer. More deals are expected in this space as Gilead builds its cell therapy platform after buying Kite last year.