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.

France-based Genfit launched NASHnext, a novel, non-invasive diagnostic test for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) powered by the company’s proprietary diagnostic technology, NIS4. The test is offered in the United States through Labcorp.

Mission Bio launched the company’s Pharma Assay Development (PAD) service, enabling its customers to obtain early access services based on the newest technologies as well as on existing products.

Diana M. Brainard is jumping ship to take over the helm of AlloVir, and Abeona Therapeutics’ chief operating officer Michael Amoroso was appointed as president and CEO.

Bristol Myers Squibb announced plans for a new manufacturing plant in Devens, Mass., adding to the company’s cell therapy network.

Charles River Laboratories will acquire Cognate BioServices, a cell and gene therapy contract development and manufacturing organization, in an $875 million cash deal that will significantly expand the company’s capabilities in the high-growth cell and gene therapy sector.

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.

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.

Precision Medicine Group acquired Project Farma, a patient-focused bioengineering services firm that supports life science innovators in the manufacturing and scale-up of advanced therapies.

Backed by Leaps by Bayer, Bay Area-based Senti Biosciences secured $105 million in a Series B financing round that will help the company advance its therapeutic pipeline of allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor natural killer (CAR-NK) cell therapies.