Biogen and Sangamo Therapeutics announced a broad global licensing collaboration deal to develop and commercialize several compounds for a range of neurological and neuromuscular diseases.

Roche Holding AG made the company’s second major gene therapy deal in a year, spending $1.15 billion to obtain the rights to Sarepta Therapeutics Inc.’s investigational drug to treat duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) outside the United States.

Reata Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Part 2 portion of the MOXIe Phase 2 trial of omaveloxolone in patients with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) met the primary endpoint of change in the modified Friedreich’s Ataxia Rating Scale relative to placebo after 48 weeks of treatment.

Rockville, Maryland-based RegenxBio entered a license deal with Pfizer for a gene therapy for Friedreich’s ataxia, the most common hereditary ataxia.

The U.S. FDA gave Alexion Pharmaceuticals a thumbs-up for Soliris (eculizumab) to treat neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder in adults that express a specific biomarker.

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The return on R&D investment for leading biopharmaceutical manufacturers fell to a nine-year low while the U.S. FDA approved a record-breaking amount of novel medicines during 2018.

Shares of Voyager Therapeutics skyrocketed after the company announced a collaborative deal to develop a gene therapy treatment for Parkinson’s disease with Neurocrine Biosciences.

Gilead Sciences Inc. is acquiring the global rights to develop and commercialize novel small molecules against two targets from South Korea-based Yuhan Corporation.

Wave Life Sciences Ltd. announced the formation of a global strategic collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. to discover, develop and commercialize nucleic acid therapies for disorders of the central nervous system.

Although the stock market seems to be moving up at the beginning of this year, the U.S. equities market appears more mixed, with healthcare stocks in particular appearing more volatile.