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Gene Editing Startup Beam Therapeutics Launches With $87M in Funds

Beam Therapeutics announced today that it has launched with $87 million in Series A funding to develop precision genetic medicines that make edits to individual base pairs in the genome.

After its recent funding round, HiFiBiO pens Takeda R&D collaboration

HiFiBiO Therapeutics has signed a deal with Japanese Big Pharma and biotech friend Takeda, to work on antibody therapies for various gastrointestinal diseases, cancers and other disorders.


ResTORbio Shares Soar on Clinical Data From Lung Infection Drug

Shares of Boston-based resTORbio (NASDAQ: TORC) have nearly doubled to roughly $16 apiece, based on positive results the company released this morning from a Phase 2b trial of its drug for respiratory tract infections.


Platelet BioGenesis Moves to New Cambridge Lab Space to Support Continued Growth

-Platelet BioGenesis (PBG), the leader in the production of functional human platelets (PLTs+™) from stem cells and the development of platelet-based therapeutics, announced it has moved into brand new lab space in Cambridge, MA. Located next to MIT, the newly renovated property puts Platelet BioGenesis in the heart of the most dynamic biotech cluster in the world.


Engine Biosciences raises $10 million in Southeast Asia’s largest institutional seed round

Founded by a who’s who of researchers, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology professors Timothy Lu and Jim Collins; Mayo Clinic Assistant professor Hu Li; and University of California San Diego assistant professor, Prashant Mali, Engine is leveraging experts in synthetic biology and drug discovery to create a new way to build and test novel medicines.


Computer science and engineering, meet drug R&D. MIT star Timothy Lu intertwines technologies for an offbeat biotech launch

At 37, Timothy Lu’s life and work has already spanned several scientific disciplines and cultures. He’s lived in Asia and the US, and after gathering degrees in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, he struck out to pick up his medical degree at Harvard Med and then a PhD at the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Medical Engineering and Medical Physics Program.


HiFiBiO raises $37.5M in series B following 2017’s management shuffle

HiFiBiO Therapeutics has completed a $37.5 million series B funding round, with plans to advance its antibody pipeline in oncology and autoimmune research after expanding its leadership team last summer.


CAR-T 2.0? A split, universal and programmable system

Recent FDA approvals have validated the use of chimeric antigen receptor T cells (CAR-Ts) to fight blood cancers, but the technology is still far from perfect. Researchers working on CAR-T therapies have run into problems with patient relapse, toxicity and specificity, and not all patients respond well. Wilson Wong and his team at Boston University have devised what they call the "Swiss army knife" of CAR-T to address these issues.

Newest form of CRISPR corrects genetic disease in viable human embryos, with few errors

Scientists in China have used a next-generation form of CRISPR genome-editing to repair a disease-causing mutation in human embryos, the first use of the technique in viable embryos that were created by a standard fertility clinic technique.


Platelet BioGenesis Receives $3.5 Million Grant from Department of Defense

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Platelet Biogenesis (PBG) was awarded a two-year, $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The funds are to support the company’s proprietary bioreactor to produce therapeutic amounts of platelets.