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Partnership will use Carna’s proprietary lipid kinase drug discovery platform, bringing another aspect to Gilead’s IO efforts. Catalent continues expansion by acquiring Novavax R&D assets; Genfit licenses elafibranor in China to Terns.
A review of biopharma start-up deal-making and financing activity from July through September 2017, based on data from Strategic Transactions, showed that fundraising declined 18% from the previous quarter, however the number of acquisitions doubled to eight.
Pfizer-backed SpringWorks, ProQR spin-out Amylon and Landos, the first firm out of accelerator Xontogeny, gain their own financing. Other venture rounds support Autolus, Grid Therapeutics, Excision and more.
This week’s roundup includes various high-level appointments by companies including Vencerx Therapeutics, which has elected a new CEO, Shield Therapeutics, Crescendo Biologics, Pluristem Therapeutics, Sarepta Therapeutics and Verona Pharma.
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