Yahoo  Jun 6  Comment 
A gene therapy company that started life at the University of Oxford has signed an $842.5m (£627.3m) deal with an American start-up to commercialise a promising injectable treatment for Parkinson's Disease, sending its shares up by 20pc....
Yahoo  Jun 6  Comment 
The biotech sector was in focus last week due to the ASCO meet at Chicago where biotech bigwigs presented data on their oncology drugs and promising pipeline candidates.
FierceBiotech  Jun 6  Comment 
Gilead has licensed immunization technologies from Hookipa Biotech for use against hepatitis B and HIV. The big biotech is paying $10 million (€8.5 million) upfront and committing to milestones that could exceed $400 million to snag exclusive...
FierceBiotech  Jun 6  Comment 
After a disastrous year in which its Alzheimer’s attempts blew up and the once biotech star David Hung jumped ship, Axovant is continuing its change-up with a new focus and a new executive.
The Hindu Business Line  Jun 5  Comment 
NACL Industries Limited, formerly known as Nagarjuna Agrichem Limited, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with ATGC Biotech Private Limite
Motley Fool  Jun 5  Comment 
Don't worry about the FDA's clinical hold on gene-editing therapy CTX001. Vertex and CRISPR Therapeutics stocks will bounce back.
Wall Street Journal  Jun 5  Comment 
Nektar Therapeutics shed billions in market value after a disappointing clinical trial update for investors. Shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Nektar’s development partner, also slid.


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