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Nivalis Therapeutics, Alpine Immune Sciences to merge

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nivalis Therapeutics and Alpine Immune Sciences, a privately-held biotechnology company developing novel therapies using its next-generation immune system modulation platform, have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Alpine will merge with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nivalis in an all-stock transaction. The merger will result in a combined company with a novel protein-based discovery platform focused on inflammation and immuno-oncology.

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CRISPR Therapeutics, Casebia Therapeutics partner with StrideBio

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CRISPR Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on creating transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases, and Casebia Therapeutics, a joint-venture established by CRISPR Therapeutics and Bayer for developing CRISPR-based therapeutics in select disease areas, have signed a collaboration agreement with StrideBio, a U.S.-based company developing novel AAV vectors for in vivo gene delivery applications.

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HitGen, Pfizer collaborate to build and screen novel DNA-encoded libraries

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

HitGen has entered into a multi-year research collaboration and license agreement with Pfizer to build and screen novel DNA-encoded libraries (DELs) in order to potentially discover unique small molecule leads to be used in drug development. Through the collaboration, HitGen and Pfizer scientists will apply HitGen’s advanced technology platform and research capabilities in the design, synthesis and screening of multiple proprietary DELs for Pfizer’s drug discovery efforts.

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Medidata to acquire Mytrus

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Medidata, a global provider of cloud-based solutions and data analytics for clinical research, has agreed to acquire Mytrus, an eClinical technology company specializing in patient-centered electronic informed consent (eConsent) and virtual trials.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb, Nordic Bioscience collaborate on fibrosis biomarker technology

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Nordic Bioscience, a Danish company specializing in biomarker technologies, announced a collaboration agreement to develop biomarker technology to potentially aid in the diagnosis and monitoring of fibrotic diseases including non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Nordic Bioscience has over 25 years’ experience in biomarker development and clinical trials with extensive expertise in rheumatology and fibrosis. A biomarker is a molecule that may be used to diagnose a disease, or predict disease progression and indicate response to therapy.

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Axovant Sciences appoints Dr. David Hung CEO, Marion McCourt as president and COO

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Axovant Sciences, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of dementia, announced that David Hung, M.D., has been named chief executive officer of Axovant Sciences, effective April 7, 2017. Dr. Hung, who also joined Axovant’s board of directors, succeeds founding chief executive officer Vivek Ramaswamy. Ramaswamy will continue to serve on Axovant’s board of directors and will lead parent company and majority owner Roivant Sciences as its full-time chief executive officer.

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Ipsen appoints Dr. Alexandre Lebeaut as EVP, R&D, and chief scientific officer

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ipsen announced the appointment of Dr. Alexandre Lebeaut as executive vice president, R&D, and chief scientific officer, effective immediately. Dr. Lebeaut will report directly to David Meek, CEO of Ipsen, and serve on the executive leadership team. Dr. Lebeaut joined Ipsen in 2013 as senior vice president, chief development officer, Global Drug Development and was appointed interim head of R&D in December 2016.

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