At the 2021 virtual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ chief executive officer Reshma Kewalramani said the company is looking to buy “mid- and late-stage assets.”

RNAi-focused Atalanta Therapeutics launched with $110 million in combined Series A funding and collaboration deals with Genentech and Biogen to address diseases related to the central nervous system, including Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Durham, North Carolina-based Ribometrix announced a strategic collaboration deal with Roche company Genentech to identify and advance novel RNA-targeted small molecule therapeutics.

Skyhawk Therapeutics and Vertex Pharmaceuticals inked a strategic research collaboration and licensing deal focused on developing novel small molecules that modulate RNA splicing.

Immunai, a company comprehensively mapping the immune system, announced a collaboration with leading life science technology company 10x Genomics.

Relay Therapeutics entered a global license and collaboration agreement with Genentech for the commercialization and development of RLY-1971, a potent inhibitor of SHP2.

Four more companies secured their place on the stock ticker in a record-breaking year before 2020 comes to a close.  

Days after Bayer announced a new cell and gene therapy strategy to maximize the capabilities of some recent acquisitions, the Germany-based life sciences giant is jumping into the CAR-T space and expanding the company’s oncology focus through a collaboration with Bay Area-based Atara Biotherapeutics.

Paris-based Ipsen secured Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Onivyde (irinotecan liposome injection) for study patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) who progressed following a first-line platinum-based regimen.

Eli Lilly and Company and Precision BioSciences Inc. announced a research collaboration and exclusive license agreement to use Precision’s ARCUS genome editing platform to research and develop potential in vivo therapies for a series of genetic disorders.