Somerville, Massachusetts-based Finch Therapeutics closed a $90 million Series D financing, with plans to use the funds to advance the company’s lead candidate CP101 for recurrent C. difficile infection through the final stages of clinical development and regulatory submission.

A review of recently published scientific studies includes a look at the potential of using flu and pneumonia vaccines to decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Finch Therapeutics reported positive topline results from PRISM3, a Phase II trial of CP101, an oral microbiome drug for the prevention of recurrent C. difficile infection.

Gilead Sciences and South San Francisco-based Second Genome forged a four-year strategic collaboration worth more than $1.5 billion that will boost chances to discover and develop new targets and drug candidates for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease through microbiome research.

The microbiome is the trillions of microorganisms – bacteria, fungi, and viruses – that live in and on the body. Although it makes complete sense that these would play a factor in gastrointestinal diseases, such as Crohn’s and colitis, it’s less obvious that it would play a role in anything ranging from lung diseases to neurodegenerative diseases. But increasingly, evidence is suggesting it is, and a lot of investors are throwing money into the field in hopes it will come up with the next big blockbuster.

Leeds, UK-based 4D Pharma and Merck/MSD are developing Live Biotherapeutics vaccines, a new class of medicines.

Less than one month after filing for bankruptcy, uBiome is shutting the Bay Area microbiome company’s doors and selling off assets.

Locus Biosciences inked a collaboration and license deal with J&J’s Janssen Pharmaceutical to develop precision antibacterial therapies based on CRISPR-Cas3-enhanced bacteriophage.

Emulate won a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, to be used to send one of the Boston-based company’s Organ-Chips to the International Space Station in March 2019.

Emboldened by 2017’s back-to-back FDA approvals of the first drugs that use genetically engineered patient immune cells – Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) to treat leukemia and Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel) to combat large-B-cell lymphomas – immunotherapy researchers are continuing to revolutionizing cancer treatment. But uneven patient response rates and the side effects often associated with immunotherapies are putting high priority on accurately identifying which patients would benefit most from particular treatment options.