Takeda Pharmaceutical is partnering with startup Immusoft in a research alliance aiming to develop B cell therapies that cross the blood-brain barrier to treat rare neurometabolic disorders. Depending on the progress of the research, Takeda could pay its new partner more than $900 million.
Xealth, which was spun out of Providence, recently raised $24 million in a series B round. Advocate Aurora Enterprises led the round, bringing its health system backers to 14.
A-Alpha Bio’s technology analyzes millions of protein-protein interactions simultaneously, a capability that speeds up drug discovery research. Biotech industry partners are already using the technology and now with $20 million in Series A funding, the startup plans to build machine-learning capabilities to crunch the data produced by all of those protein interactions.
Modulus Therapeutics recently emerged from stealth with technology from various disciplines and seed funding that the startup is using to develop better cell therapies. Natural killer cells directed against breast cancer is Modulus’s initial focus, but the startup says its approach can apply to multiple types of immune cells and multiple types of cancer.
The FDA improved an Impel NeuroPharma migraine treatment, a nasal spray intended to bring pain relief more quickly than drugs administered in other ways. It marks the first approval for the Seattle company, which has developed a proprietary nasal delivery technology.
Icosavax’s research developing a vaccine for a virus that can lead to deadly respiratory infections in the very young and the very old has found an additional application in the pursuit of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. The biotech’s $182 million IPO gives it the capital to move forward with clinical research on multiple …
RA Capital led the $100 million Series B round of funding for Icosavax, a startup developing vaccines based on virus-like particles. The biotech is preparing for clinical tests of vaccines for respiratory syncytial virus, human metapneumovirus, and SARS-CoV-2.
Digital primary care startup 98point6 is adding digital mental health services to its app. The company added text-based visits with a therapist or behavioral health coach to its platform.
Ozette applies artificial intelligence to immune monitoring to gain greater insight into a cancer patient’s immune system. Beyond informing treatment decisions, the technology can guide drug and diagnostic development.
Nuance Communications acquired Saykara, a startup building a medical AI voice assistant to help with charting and other administrative tasks. The deal is expected to build on Nuance’s speech recognition tools for physicians.
Nautilus, among the biotechs developing protein analysis tools for drug discovery and diagnostics, already has a partnership with Genentech. As it prepares to go public, Nautilus aims to do for proteomics what Illumina did for genomics.
Sana Biotechnology is turning new science into novel medicines intended to overcome limitations of current cell therapies. After going from stealth to IPO in two years, it’s now planning to bring multiple programs into clinical testing in 2022.
As hospitals across the country weather a surge of Covid-19 patients, in Seattle — an […]