Shares of Ovid Therapeutics soared in trading after the company announced pharma giant Takeda signed a licensing agreement valued at $856 million to secure global rights to the investigational medicine soticlestat for the treatment of two forms of rare epilepsy.

Shares of Pandion Therapeutics soared more than 131 percent in trading after pharma giant Merck announced the acquisition of the autoimmune-focused company for up to $1.85 billion.

Shares of Cellectis Therapeutics were up in trading after the gene-editing pioneer company forged a deal with Cambridge, Mass.-based Cytovia Therapeutics to develop immunotherapies based on gene-edited allogeneic CAR T-cells.

Merck & Co. Inc. was in talks with governments and companies to potentially help with manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccines that have been already authorized.

AbbVie announced the company’s latest chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cell investment, a collaboration with Caribou Biosciences worth $40 million up front in cash and equity to develop two CRISPR-edited cell therapies against AbbVie-specified targets.

Gilead Sciences inked a collaboration, option and license deal with Gritstone Oncology to create a vaccine-based immunotherapy as a cure for HIV.

After a start-of-the-year lull, activities at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are starting to pick up, according to BioSpace.

Amgen is partnering with Ann Arbor, Michigan-based EVOQ Therapeutics for a license and collaboration deal to discover and develop drugs for autoimmune disorders.

BeiGene Ltd. will partner with Swiss firm Novartis AG to develop, manufacture and commercialize the China-based biotechnology company’s cancer drug tislelizumab.

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.