Deal Watch: Avid Transitions Into CDMO By Offloading Cancer Program To Oncologie
Oncologie acquires PS-targeting candidate bavituximab, which may help other cancer therapies in attacking tumors. BridgeBio's newest spinout will develop former Novartis cancer candidate infigratinib.
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Finance Watch: Pfizer Ventures' Dalton Makes Sense Of Neuroscience Focus Within New $600m VC Fund Commitment
Venture Capital Edition: Pfizer deprioritized neuroscience as an early R&D focus earlier this year, but will stay involved by spending 25% of the $600m added to its venture fund on neurology investments. Also, China VC investment keeps up fast pace and Alta Partners closes a new $130m health care fund.
Janssen and Bristol team to develop next-generation oral anticoagulant, while UCB buys Proximagen's nasal spray candidate and Duke spinout focused on genomics.