Germany’s BioNTech is acquiring Kite’s solid tumor neoantigen T-cell receptor (TCR) research-and-development platform and the Gilead company’s clinical manufacturing plant in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

One day after Bristol Myers Squibb announced a licensing deal with Agenus with an upside potential of $1.56 billion, BMS inked a collaboration agreement with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-focused biopharma company Exscientia that could hit $1.2 billion.

Eleven months after launching with $60 million in hand, Ventus Therapeutics raised another $100 million to drive the company’s pipeline toward the clinic.

Takeda Pharmaceutical is advancing the Japanese pharma giant’s immune-oncology portfolio through the acquisition of the immunotherapy pioneer Maverick Therapeutics.

Caribou Biosciences secured $115 million in an oversubscribed Series C financing round that will be used to advance the company’s pipeline of wholly owned allogeneic immune cell therapies for oncology and its next-generation CRISPR technology platform.

Darmstadt, Germany-based Merck KGaA plunked down €188 million (about $226 million) in upfront cash to acquire exclusive global development and commercialization rights to Debiopharm’s oral Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins (IAP) antagonist, xevinapant.

Data with Sanofi’s investigational enzyme replacement therapy avalglucosidase alfa in late-onset Pompe disease and infantile-onset Pompe disease will be featured as platform and poster presentations at the 17th annual WORLDSymposiumTM, to be held February 8-12, 2021.

France-based Servier and U.K.-based MiNA Therapeutics are partnering on small activating RNA (saRNA) therapies to treat neurological diseases

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.”

French pharma giant Sanofi kicked off 2021 with a $1.4 billion cash acquisition of U.K.-based Kymab to bolster the company’s presence in immunology.