CRISPR

Rice University researchers in Houston used the foundation of CRISPR/Cas9 technology to develop “drive-and-process” arrays, or DAP for short. The name may be simple, but the technology is complex and could be as groundbreaking as its predecessor. DAP is a mechanism that enables the editing of multiple DNA sites – rather than one at a time – to comprehensively reverse polygenic diseases resulting from multiple genetic predispositions.

Bayer on January 10 struck a partnership deal with Mammoth Biosciences to develop therapeutic tools based on CRISPR/CAS9 gene editing as the German drug maker seeks to widen the company’s cell and gene therapy development efforts.

Brisbane, California-based Sangamo Therapeutics announced that Sanofi US was returning rights to SAR445136 as the Paris-based company shifts its approach from personalized cell therapies to allogeneic off-the-shelf genomic approaches.

A World Health Organization (WHO) committee said on July 12 that human genome editing technologies to treat serious disease should be shared more generously, to allow poorer nations to benefit from the highly dynamic scientific field.

Working in the rare disease space has never been more rewarding than it is today. Technology is turning what was once thought to be impossible into actual, tangible realities for physicians, patients, and families. There are many exciting advancements happening now – in real time – and even more on the horizon that demand our attention and advocacy to help bring them to light.

Durham, N.C.-based Precision BioSciences set the company’s initial public offering price at $16 per share, raising $126.4 million.

The online publication NEO.LIFE pointed to seven areas where biotech companies and researchers have significant potential to “dramatically reshape our concept of what it means to be human.”

Here are seven trends most likely to be hitting the news cycle in 2019 according to BioSpace.

Barring a last-minute reversal, 2018 will likely end as a down year for the biotech industry, at least in terms of stock performance.

Biopharma executives were asked to predict what the next year might reveal.