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Merck to Acquire Immune Design for $300 Million

KENILWORTH, N.J. & SEATTLE & SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and Immune Design (NASDAQ:IMDZ), today announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Merck, through a subsidiary, will acquire Immune Design for $5.85 per share in …

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Morphic Therapeutic Enters Into Integrin Research and Development Collaboration with Janssen

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Morphic Therapeutic (Morphic), a biotechnology company developing oral integrin therapies, announced today that it has entered into a research and development collaboration with Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) to discover and develop novel integrin therapeutics for patients with conditions not adequately addressed by current therapies. Johnson & Johnson Innovation …

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Takeda, Microsoft and EURORDIS Release Report with Action Plan to Help Rare Disease Community Shorten the Diagnostic Odyssey

NEW YORK and BRUSSELS, Feb. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Global Commission to End the Diagnostic Odyssey for Children (“the Global Commission”), co-chaired by Takeda, Microsoft and EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe, an alliance of more than 800 rare disease patient organisations, today announced its actionable recommendations in a report to address …

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Ochsner Health System and Pfizer Partner to Develop Innovative Models for Clinical Trials

NEW ORLEANS & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ochsner Health System, Louisiana’s largest non-profit academic healthcare system, and Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) have entered into a multi-year strategic alliance to develop innovative models for clinical trials. Through this partnership, Pfizer and Ochsner — through its innovation lab, innovationOchsner (iO), in partnership with Ochsner Research …

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Gamida Cell and Editas Medicine Partner to Evaluate Use of CRISPR Genome Editing Technology in NAM-NK Cells

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gamida Cell Ltd. (Nasdaq: GMDA), a leading cellular and immune therapeutics company, today announced an agreement with Editas Medicine, Inc., a leading genome editing company, to evaluate the potential use of Editas Medicine’s CRISPR technology to edit NAM-NK cells, which are natural killer cells that have been expanded using Gamida …

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Alkermes and Clovis Oncology Enter Research Collaboration to Explore Combination Cancer Therapies

DUBLIN and BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Alkermes plc (Nasdaq: ALKS) and Clovis Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLVS) today announced that the companies have entered into a research collaboration to evaluate ALKS 4230, Alkermes’ investigational engineered interleukin-2 (IL-2) variant immunotherapy, in combination with rucaparib, Clovis’ marketed PARP inhibitor, and …

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Bayer Acquires Full Rights to Loxo Oncology’s Vitrakvi and LOXO-195

WHIPPANY, N.J., Feb. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Bayer has exercised its option, under a change-in-control clause in the collaboration agreement with Loxo Oncology, to obtain the exclusive licensing rights for the global development and commercialization, for Vitrakvi® (larotrectinib) and BAY 2731954 (LOXO-195). Both compounds are being developed globally for the treatment of adult …

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Novartis Enters 10-Target Antibody Discovery Deal with AbCellera

VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AbCellera, a technology leader in therapeutic antibody discovery from natural immune repertoires, today announced a multi-target and multi-year collaboration with Novartis. Under the agreement, AbCellera will apply its expertise in antibody discovery and its single-cell screening technology to advance programs on up to ten targets elected by …

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Amgen Enters Multi-Target Collaboration with Abilita Bio for its Membrane Protein Technology

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Abilita Bio, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a multi-target research collaboration agreement with Amgen, a world leader in biotechnology. Under the terms of the agreement, Abilita Bio will leverage its proprietary Enabled Membrane Protein (EMP™) technology platform to support Amgen’s …

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Johnson & Johnson to Acquire Robotic Surgery Company Auris Health for $3.4 Billion

New Brunswick, NJ – February 13, 2019 – Focused on creating the next frontier of surgery, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), today announced that Ethicon, Inc., entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Auris Health, Inc. for approximately $3.4 billion in cash. Additional contingent payments of up to $2.35 billion, in the aggregate, …

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