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Private Company Edition: VC deals are surging this year for cell and gene therapy firms, according to ARM’s third quarter report. Also, Vivo Capital and the CF Foundation plan to invest nearly $2bn in health care and life science opportunities, and Akeso completes $150m series D.
Former Ignyta executive Zachary Hornby wasn't wowed by immuno-oncology pitches when looking for his next cancer drug development company, but was intrigued by ecDNA research at UCSD, which also could generate a tumor agnostic approach.
Private Company Edition: Nkarta, Passage Bio and Achilles kicked off September with VC deals totaling more than $100m each. Also, Repare raised $82.5m and SutroVax won CARB-X cash.
The big pharma could not confirm whether AveXis co-founder and CSO Brian Kaspar and his brother, SVP of R&D Allan Kaspar, were fired. Instead, Novartis noted that the withholding of preclinical safety data for Zolgensma was limited to the action of a few employees. NIBR preclinical safety chief takes key role at AveXis
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