Taking aim at the brain, Takeda strikes up cell therapy R&D alliance with Immusoft

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.

Startup A-Alpha Bio sets out to solve a major protein problem facing big pharma

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.

Startup Modulus embraces AI to design better NK cell therapies for cancer

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.

Impel NeuroPharma’s drug-device combo product nabs FDA nod for migraine

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 $182M IPO haul is key for RSV, but eyes are on its Covid vaccine too

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 …

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Icosavax lands $100M to take its virus-like particle vaccines into clinical trials

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.

Nautilus Bio lines up SPAC merger and $350M in funding for proteomics R&D

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.