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Precision BioSciences entered into an exclusive global in vivo gene editing research and development collaboration and license deal with Novartis Pharma. The two companies will work to develop a potential cure for hemoglobinopathies such as sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia.

Leading healthcare venture capital firm Third Rock Ventures announced a new fund Wednesday morning, Third Rock Ventures Fund VI, providing the company with $1.1 billion to invest in new life science companies. This brings Third Rock to a total of $3.8 billion across its venture funds.

Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday voted to recommend approval of bluebird bio’s treatment for a rare neurological disorder, bringing it closer to becoming the third gene therapy to be available in the United States.

It’s game day for bluebird bio. The company, battered by layoffs and cash concerns, faces a two-day crucible as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Cell, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee will give two lentiviral vector gene therapies a thumbs up or down.

Bluebird bio’s blood disorder treatment demonstrates “clinically meaningful” benefit in patients, staff reviewers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in briefing documents published on Tuesday.