More News! Cell and gene therapies, immuno-oncology, NASH and more…

Try as we might, we can’t cover all the fascinating biotech news out there! Here’s a roundup of what didn’t make the cut over the last week.

Policy and legal

  • The Polish biotech Selvita announced it will separate into two separate companies one focusing on its oncology therapeutics pipeline and one on its contract research business.
  • French bioplastics company Carbios was granted a US patent for its PET plastic recycling technology.
  • MaSTherCell, a cell and gene therapy company in Belgium, announced it will open a large new commercial manufacturing facility for cell & gene therapies, which is expected to open in 2021.

Collaborations

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  • Dutch immuno-oncology biotech Glycostem Therapeutics will partner with Phio Pharmaceuticals to make novel anti-cancer drugs using the US-biotech’s RNAi technology ands natural killer cells.
  • Belgian Barc Labs and Spanish OWL Metabolics will partner to combine lab services and metabolic technology to help develop new therapeutics for the liver condition non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.
  • French Transgene and Swedish BioInvent will extend an existing collaboration to develop oncolytic viruses for treating solid tumors.

Science

  • University of London spin-out Domainex, along with researchers in Belfast, has discovered new anticancer candidate drugs that target a protein called FLIP that could be used to treat blood, breast and lung cancer.

Regulations and funding

  • Irish and English biotech partners Valitacell and Solentim obtained €3.5M funding to help develop new biologics and cell therapies.
  • Kymriah, a CAR T-cell therapy developed by Novartis, has been given marketing approval in Japan, the first such therapy to be approved in Asia.
  • German biotech Cytena received €3M in series A funding to progress its single cell isolation and analysis technology.
  • Synerkine Pharma, a Dutch biotech focusing on treating chronic pain, closed a €3.3M series A round.
  • UK-Irish Inflazome received more than €890,000 funding from The Michael J. Fox Foundation to go towards its research into treating Parkinson’s disease.

Clinical trials

  • Italian biotech Cassiopea announced positive phase III results, for both efficacy and safety, for its acne treatment clascoterone when taken for up to a year.

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