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Tech Transfer Roundup: Hoth Teams With VCU On Therapy To Block COVID-19 Replication

Pandemic-related collaborations between Hoth/VCU; Sorrento/Mt. Sinai Health; Audax/Northeastern U.; Alkido/U. of Maryland, Baltimore; Active Motif/Hisun BioRay/Fudan U. and more.

Deals Coronavirus COVID-19

‘Friendly Breakup’: Sanofi And Regeneron Agree Equity Revamp

Sanofi to sell most of its Regeneron stake, with much of it being re-purchased by Regeneron, but both stressed the move would not hurt their long established and very profitable drug-development collaboration.

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China Bioventures' Role In Virus Fight Helps Secure $721m In New Funding, Deals

Developing some of the first coronavirus vaccines and antibody testing kits, venture-backed firms in China have responded fast and partnered actively in the fight against the pandemic, helping them to raise new funds and reach deals. But there have been cautionary tales in other sectors and some investors remain wary.

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Deal Watch: Roche And Vividion Will Investigate E3 Ligases In Cancer, Immunology

Also, news on transactions involving Neurocrine/Idorsia, Neurotrope/Metuchen, jCyte/Santen, PTC/Censa, Hoth/Chelexa, Skyhawk/Merck & Co., Orexo/Gaia, Karo/J&J, MaxCyte/Caribou, Mediolanum/ElsaLys, Avectas/ONK

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Rallybio Leverages Founders’ Experience, $145m In New Cash For Rare Diseases

Former Alexion execs and Rallybio co-founders Martin Mackay, Steve Uden and Jeffrey Fryer closed a series B venture capital round to take three candidates into the clinic and acquire additional programs.

Financing StartUps and SMEs

Hetero Head On Remdesivir Partnering, Royalty Model

Hetero is one of the new licensees for Gilead’s remdesivir, the investigational antiviral in the spotlight as a potential treatment for COVID-19, and the Indian group’s managing director shares insights on its supply chain readiness and the royalty model of the deal.

Commercial Coronavirus COVID-19

Sweden’s Affibody Inks Inmagene China R&D Pact

Swedish biotech Affibody hopes an R&D alliance with China-based Inmagene Biopharmaceuticals will speed development of its lead compound for auto-immune diseases.

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Hanmi In Tough Spot After Sanofi Efpeglenatide U-Turn

Sanofi’s decision to return to originator Hanmi all rights to the novel diabetes candidate efpeglenatide, which is in global Phase III trials, has placed the South Korean pharma in a difficult spot. Unless there are some surprisingly positive data, finding a major global partner for commercialization may be tough.

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BI Strengthens Research Efforts In IO Stromal Biology And Retinal Disease

Two preclinical antibodies targeted at stromal biology-associated immuno-oncology processes from Canada’s Northern Biologics have been acquired by Boehringer Ingelheim, which is also to collaborate with Switzerland’s CDR-Life on the development of a preclinical antibody fragment aimed at geographic atrophy associated with age-related macular degeneration.

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