Nearly four months after Intellia Therapeutics – along with partner Regeneron Pharmaceuticals – reinvigorated the CRISPR space with the first-ever clinical evidence that CRISPR gene editing inside the body can be safe and effective, the asset in question was granted Orphan Drug Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Months after landing a massive SPAC deal that carried Ginkgo Bioworks to the Nasdaq, the company is touting a manufacturing breakthrough from partner Aldevron for mRNA vaccine components.

The IPO train continues to barrel down the tracks as more life sciences companies announced and closed their initial public offerings, bringing millions more to their coffers. 

One week after launching a dedicated CRISPR program, Qiagen partnered with San Diego-based Verogen to provide next-generation sequencing human identification workflows to laboratories in order to support forensic efforts from justice departments across the globe.

Intellia Therapeutics and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals shook the biotech and CRISPR world on June 26, announcing positive early data from the first-ever patients to have their DNA edited with an in vivo CRISPR/Cas9 therapy delivered systemically.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals expanded the company’s collaborative partnership with CRISPR Therapeutics to develop and commercialize a possible cure for sickle cell disease (SCD) and transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia (TDT). The focus is on the development of CTX001, an autologous, ex vivo CRISPR-CAS9 gene-edited therapy.

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.

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.

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.”

BioSpace presented the NextGen Bio “Class of 2021,” a list of up-and-coming life sciences companies in North America that recently launched.