Selecta Biosciences has banked a $20 million-plus round designed to get its lead treatment into the clinic with an eye to providing some basic proof-of-concept data to show that their vaccine particle technology platform will be useful for a full slate of programs.
BOSTON--Master scientist and entrepreneur Robert Langer offered his thoughts on those topics and their relationship to drug delivery to FierceDrugDelivery in his MIT office and later to the field at large at the Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery conference in Boston.
BOSTON-- Whether through collaboration with academia or buyouts of smaller players, panelists at the Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery conference concurred that Big Pharma is increasingly looking externally for innovation and using its size and financial to power candidates through clinicial and onto the market.
Amid recent efforts to rejuvenate its healthcare business, Philips is developing a diagnostic system with a Netherlands-based university medical center to improve outcomes for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Japan's Astellas Pharma is the latest big drugmaker allured by the promise of gene therapy, mounting an R&D effort that could lead to a new treatment for an inherited eye disease.
Germany's Wilex has long been on the way out of biotech, but a new collaboration with Roche provides the company with some cash up front and a shot at down-the-line royalties.
Biocept forged a partnership deal with a competitor that aims to build an enhanced molecular diagnostics test for circulating tumor cells in the blood. Success could breed a more precise test that aids patient diagnoses and drug development in equal measure.
Catalent has partnered with the Lung Cancer Alliance to survey patients on how they manage the disease and deal with treatment compliance, an effort to highlight unmet needs and match them with new dosage forms.
Covance has joined forces with Novartis to develop new ways to help drug developers quickly integrate and analyze huge swaths of study data.
AstraZeneca is moving forward with a respiratory candidate developed alongside Charles River Laboratories' discovery business, a milestone the CRO says affirms its investments in the space.