Investors Hand Disc Medicine $90 Million to Control Hematological Diseases Published: Sept. 2, 2021 By Heather McKenzie BioSpace   A two-year-old biopharma company tackling rare blood diseases has received a $90 million infusion of cash. Disc Medicine, which is progressing a pipeline of clinical-stage therapies for hematologic illnesses including myelofibrosis and porphyrias, announced the Series […]

AstraZeneca said on Aug. 26 a late-stage trial showed the company’s medicine for a rare disease that causes accumulation of copper in the body was three times more successful in helping remove deposits from tissues compared with standard care.

Pivoting from conflicting and controversial press over the company’s approved Alzheimer’s disease treatment, Biogen announced that its gene therapy drug timrepigene emparvovec failed to show a clinically meaningful benefit for a rare inherited eye disease in a Phase III trial.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd.’s treatment for a rare inherited disorder that causes skin damage from exposure to light, sending the Australian drugmaker’s shares to a record high.

Deep Genomics’ proprietary artificial intelligence-based drug discovery platform identified a novel treatment target and corresponding drug candidate for the rare and potentially life-threatening genetic disorder Wilson disease.

Pfizer acquired a 15 percent stake in Vivet Therapeutics as well as an exclusive option to fully acquire the business, a deal that will give the New York-based pharma giant access to the French company’s experimental gene therapy for a rare genetic disorder.

Roche is buying U.S.-based gene therapy specialist Spark Therapeutics for $4.3 billion after developments in this area convinced the Swiss drugmaker to “step up”, Chief Executive Severin Schwan said.