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.

Takeda Pharmaceutical opened a new 24,000-square-foot R&D cell therapy manufacturing facility in Boston at the site of the company’s R&D headquarters.

Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Universal Cells Inc. have entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement to research, develop and commercialize a novel cell therapy for an undisclosed indication. The collaboration will utilize Universal Cells’ Universal Donor Cell technology to create cell therapy products that can be administered to any recipient without the need for Human Leukocyte Antigen matching.