Regenerative Medicine

Dutch spin-out to investigate cell therapies

Tuesday 16 February 2021
Country
Netherlands

A spin-out from the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands has raised seed funding to discover and develop new T cell therapies for solid tumours including triple negative breast cancer. The company, Pan Cancer T BV, will be investigating T cell therapies which have been equipped with new receptors enabling them to target specific cancer antigens. The group of therapies is known as T cell receptor (TCR) T cells.

Finance for new cell therapy venture

Tuesday 2 February 2021
Country
United Kingdom

A joint venture cell and gene therapy company set up by UK-based Avacta Group Plc and South Korea’s Daewoong Pharmaceutical Co Ltd has closed a Series A financing of $7.3 million to further develop its pipeline of advanced therapies. The venture, AffyXell Therapeutics, was established in 2020 and is located in South Korea.

Clinical hold for gene therapy programme

Tuesday 22 December 2020
Country
Netherlands

The US Food and Drug Administration has placed a clinical hold on uniQure NV’s gene therapy programme in haemophilia B following a possibly related serious adverse event, the company announced on 21 December. The hold affects the company’s pivotal Phase 3 study called HOPE-B which recently reported positive initial data at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).

Syncona finances macrophage therapy start-up

Tuesday 8 December 2020
Country
United Kingdom

Syncona Ltd has provided £26.6 million in Series A funding to Resolution Therapeutics Ltd, a company it founded in August 2020 to exploit the wound healing capabilities of macrophages. Macrophages are cells of the innate immune system involved in the inflammatory response to injury or infection as well as in orchestrating the wound healing process that follows.

Roche in-licenses vector technology

Sunday 15 November 2020
Country
Germany

The Roche Group is to in-license viral vector technology from the German biotech company CEVEC Pharmaceuticals GmbH in order to increase its manufacturing capacity for gene therapies. This will specifically enable the company’s subsidiary Spark Therapeutics to scale up production of its marketed product Luxturna for retinal diseases which is delivered by an adeno-associated virus (AAV). Luxturna was approved in the US for a rare form of inherited vision loss in 2017. An EU approval followed in 2018.

Bayer to acquire AskBio for up to $4 billion

Tuesday 27 October 2020
Country
Germany

Bayer AG is to pay up to $4 billion to acquire Asklepios BioPharmaceutical Inc (AskBio), a US gene therapy company with a clinical-stage pipeline and a significant manufacturing capacity. It will pay $2 billion upfront for the company and up to $2 billion in success-based milestones, of which three quarters are expected to be due over the next five years.

Meeting Report: Manufacturing is the key

Friday 25 September 2020
Country
United Kingdom

The gene and cell therapy industry has significant potential. But this will only be realised if manufacturers share information about their technologies, enabling the advanced therapies to be produced at scale and marketed at affordable prices.

Freeline prices initial public offering

Saturday 8 August 2020
Country
United Kingdom

Freeline Therapeutics became a public company on 7 August with the issue of 8.8 million American Depositary Shares on the US Nasdaq market raising gross proceeds of $158.8 million for the development of its portfolio of gene therapy products. The lead product, FLT180a, is in a Phase 1/2 study for patients with haemophilia B, a blood clotting disorder caused by a missing or defective Factor IX clotting protein.

Cell therapy company raises €66 million

Thursday 6 August 2020
Country
Germany

T-knife GmbH, a new company with technology for humanising T cell receptors derived from transgenic mice, has raised €66 million in a Series A financing round in order to develop therapies to treat solid tumours. Current gene based cell therapies for cancer have been highly successful in treating haematological malignancies. However thus far they have been unable to overcome multiple barriers for the treatment of solid tumours.

Positive data for Kymriah in follicular lymphoma

Tuesday 4 August 2020
Country
Switzerland

The chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) has delivered positive data in a Phase 2 study of patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma, the second most common form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Novartis announced on 4 August. The global ELARA trial met its primary endpoint of complete response rate as assessed by an independent review committee. No new safety signals were observed.