Remix Therapeutics officially launched with $81 million in financing, with the funds to be used to support the development of the company’s REMaster technology platform while advancing a pipeline of RNA processing targeted therapeutics.

Less than two months after life sciences giant Bayer acquired N.C.-based gene therapy company AskBio, the healthcare company launched a cell and gene therapy platform within its pharmaceutical division.

Biogen will take a $650 million stake in Sage Therapeutics and make an upfront payment of $875 million to jointly develop and sell treatments for depression and other neurological disorders.

To support the long-term goals of Novartis, the Swiss pharma giant is initiating a share-buyback program of up to $2.5 billion that is expected to be carried out over the next few months.

Merck acquired Maryland-based OncoImmune and the Covid-19 therapeutic candidate CD24Fc for $425 million in upfront cash two months after the Phase III asset demonstrated efficacy during an interim analysis.

Shares of Endo International were up after announcing positive earnings and a new restructuring plan that is expected to “optimize” the company’s operations through the elimination of several manufacturing sites and the employees who work there.

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

San Diego-based Retrophin is buying Orphan Technologies for $90 million in cash up front and up to $427 million in milestone payments.

Corbus Pharmaceuticals intends to restructure the company’s workforce and reallocate capital toward specific clinical and preclinical programs.

A vaccine against Covid-19 may be ready by year-end, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said, without elaborating.