Working through two subsidiaries, life sciences giant Bayer is taking multiple shots at Parkinson’s disease. In addition to Bayer’s efforts to tackle Parkinson’s, Adhera Therapeutics announced that the company will acquire a new class of drug aimed at the disease.

Biogen reported that the company’s gene therapy, cotoretigene toliparvovec, failed to hit the primary endpoint of the Phase II/III XIRIUS trial for X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP).

Biogen and Capsigen forged a strategic collaboration to engineer novel adeno-associated virus (AAV) capsids that have the potential to become transformative gene therapies that treat underlying genetic causes of various central nervous system and neuromuscular disorders.

BioSpace takes a look at a few of the highlights of the 24th annual meeting of the ASGCT, with researchers presenting cutting-edge work in the booming area of gene and cell therapy.

BioSpace takes a look at Series A financing rounds for several biotech companies: San Francisco-based Esker Therapeutics; England’s Mogrify Limited; Duke University spinout Isolere Bio; and Sunnyvale, California-based BridGene Biosciences.

A roundup of biopharma news and updates includes Merck and Eisai’s Keytruda-Lenvima combo hitting the mark in a Phase III study for advanced endometrial cancer.

UCB S.A. is flexing the company’s M&A muscles once again with the acquisition of Handl Therapeutics BV, a rapidly growing and transformative gene therapy company based in Leuven, Belgium.

Bayer is making a big bet on gene therapy with the acquisition of North Carolina-based Asklepios BioPharmaceutical (AskBio).

Dyno Therapeutics announced a licensing and collaboration deal with Roche worth up to $1.8 billion to apply the Cambridge, Mass.-based company’s CapsidMap platform to the development of adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors for gene therapies for central nervous system diseases and liver-directed therapies.

Shares of Voyager Therapeutics were down in trading after the company announced a clinical hold was placed on an experimental gene therapy treatment for Huntington’s disease before heading into the clinic.