Biogen/Capsigen Ink Up To $1.3bn Deal For Improved AAV Capsids
Collaboration Is Latest Focused On Next-Generation Gene Therapies
Biogen is Capsigen’s first partner, while Dyno Therapeutics has also entered into deals potentially worth billions with large drug and biotech firms.
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BIIB112, the gene therapy candidate Biogen picked up in $877m acquisition of Nightstar, missed its primary endpoint in X-linked retinitis pigmentosa. Phase III data for BIIB111, also from Nightstar, are expected soon.
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