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Novo Nordisk reaches $3.3B deal to acquire RNAi partner Dicerna Pharma

The acquisition agreement comes exactly two years after the two companies began a wide-ranging alliance focused on developing RNA interference drug for metabolic disorders. The most advanced therapy from that alliance is on track to reach the clinic in 2022.

Lonza Collaborates with Codiak to Acquire its Exosomes Manufacturing Facility in Lexington, Massachusetts (US)

Shots: Codiak to receive $65M of in-kind manufacturing services for its clinical-stage programs and hold its pipeline of therapeutic candidates along with exosome engineering and loading technologies Lonza will obtain global access and sub-licensable rights of Codiak’s high-throughput perfusion-based cGMP process for exosome manufacturing The companies established a center of excellence to develop exosome manufacturing …

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FDA warns Kaleido Bio to test its Covid-19 candidate as a drug, not a medical food

The FDA issued a warning letter to Kaleido Biosciences alleging the company tested its experimental microbiome product in Covid-19 patients without submitting a formal clinical trial application. Kaleido claims the filing was not required because the product is a medical food, but the regulator doesn’t buy that argument.

Sanofi’s mRNA strategy adds biggest piece yet with $3.2B Translate Bio buyout

Sanofi is acquiring Translate Bio, its messenger RNA R&D partner for the past three years, in a $3.2 billion deal. The pharmaceutical and vaccines giant said the acquisition will speed up development of partnered vaccine programs and spark work on new ones in areas such as cancer, immunology, and rare diseases.

Bristol Myers writes $200M check for rights to Agenus checkpoint inhibitor

Bristol Myers Squibb already has a cancer program targeting the TIGIT protein, but in acquiring rights to Agenus’s drug, the pharma giant adds a bispecific antibody that preclinical research suggests has the potential to be the best in this drug class. BMS agreed to pay $200 million up front for global rights.

No more tears: Aldeyra’s eye drug data support its allergy treatment alternative

Seasonal allergy sufferers have a plethora of choices for treating the itching and redness affecting their eyes. An experimental Aldeyra Therapeutics drug that takes a new approach to blocking inflammation triggered by allergens has met the goals of a pivotal study and the biotech now plans to discuss the data with the FDA.