Category Archives: Disease

Novo Nordisk buys UK biotech startup for $800M, fueling blockbuster hopes for “smart” insulin. This Danish behemoth is a smart Buy.

The News: Novo Nordisk A/S (Bagsvaerd) has acquired UK start-up Ziylo Ltd. (Bristol) in a deal worth up to $800 million in a bid to develop the world’s first “smart”… Read more »

India’s huge pharma/consumer health market in crosshairs of world’s biggest drugmakers. China, Japan, Korea lurking as Asia joins fray with West.

The News: GlaxoSmithKline PLC‘s (London) Indian consumer health unit is drawing the attention of more big-name suitors as the magnitude of the potential there is coming into clearer focus. After… Read more »

ViiV Healthcare’s success with monthly combo HIV med making Gilead sweat over its HIV franchise. After World Cup fiasco, England chasing California in $$$$/rep race.

The News: GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s (London) ViiV Healthcare unit now has results to support a two-drug monthly injection co-developed with Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick NJ) as it pushes ahead with its ambition… Read more »

Unknown Kentucky biotech Bexion tests new glioma med on first patients. Yes, it’s the same cancer Sen. McCain is fighting, and Round B funding is still open.

The News: Bexion Pharmaceuticals burst out of the shadows of near total obscurity last week as its investigational cancer treatment, BXQ-350, grabbed plenty of mainstream media coverage as a potential game-changer. BXQ-350 is… Read more »

Forget about Biogen/Eisai’s promising new drug for Alzheimer’s; Study says aggressive blood-pressure treatment with existing meds reduces dementia/AD risk.

The News: After decades of prominent failures, hope arose for a drug to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). After heightening expectations recently, Eisai Co. Ltd. (Tokyo) and Biogen… Read more »

With a frenzy of popping corks and champagne toasts, Sangamo bags French biotech TxCell as Europe’s CAR T-cell science expanding into autoimmune disease. SGMA is a buy.

The News: Sangamo Therapeutics Inc. (Richmond CA) has acquired TxCell SA (Valbonne FRA) with a view toward utilizing its chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) technology to prevent organ transplant rejections and treat… Read more »

Kite snags deal with Dutch biotech Gadeta to advance brand new CAR T-cell treatment for solid tumors.

The News: Kite Pharma Inc. (El Segundo CA) reportedly will support Gadeta BV (Utrecht NLD) in the development of a new type of CAR T-cell therapy that could be more… Read more »

Tiny Swedish biotech not taking back seat to US in Alzheimer’s race. How to buy it.

The News: BioArctic AB, based in Stockholm, said it has clinical results showing its antibody treatment that targets amyloid plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, can slow the disease’s progression. The trial… Read more »

The growing link between blockchain and the safety of our genomic data; a primer.

The News: As the cost of sequencing an individual genome gets lower and more people have access to their genomic data, a question has arisen about data ownership. Namely, who… Read more »