Damian Garde

Biography for Damian Garde

Damian Garde, Editor

Damian is an editor with Fierce's life sciences publications, writing for FierceBiotech, FierceMedicalDevices and FierceCRO. Prior to joining Fierce, he worked for Patch.com in Maryland, and The Albuquerque Journal and Weekly Alibi in Albuquerque, NM. Damian lives in Washington, DC, and considers himself the foremost Carmelo Anthony apologist in the greater metropolitan area. You can email him at dgarde@fiercemarkets.com and follow @DamianFierce on Twitter.

Articles by Damian Garde

EyeGate ekes out a tiny IPO to fund its R&D efforts

Massachusetts' EyeGate Pharmaceuticals picked up $10 million in an IPO do-over, raising cash to support its sole clinical candidate.

GBT lines up for a $124M IPO with a pill for sickle cell

Global Blood Therapeutics, a graduate of Third Rock Ventures' startup academy, set terms for an IPO worth as much as $124 million, looking to raise money for its oral sickle cell disease program.

Merck's Ebola vaccine is 100% successful in interim Phase III results

Merck's Ebola vaccine, in development alongside NewLink Genetics, protected 100% of patients from contracting the virus in interim results from an ongoing study, giving rise to hopes it can help prevent future outbreaks.

Amgen lops another 10% off its R&D budget amid wide cost cuts

Amgen, long criticized over its appetite for moonshot R&D projects, scaled back its research budget by more than 10% in the second quarter, part of a companywide effort to cut costs while advancing a make-or-break pipeline.

AstraZeneca isn't giving up on brodalumab despite its links to suicide

Amgen shocked the industry in May when it cut ties with an AstraZeneca-partnered psoriasis treatment after spotting alarming rates of suicidal thoughts among patients taking the antibody. But its former collaborator is remaining optimistic about the once-promising treatment, tentatively moving toward an FDA filing.

FibroGen's anemia drug, not yet approved, is a hit among cheating cyclists

FibroGen's in-development treatment for anemia is still in the midst of Phase III development, but thanks to a legal loophole, the pill has made its way into the world of competitive cycling, where its red blood cell-boosting effects can give athletes an advantage.

Ariad sells off a share of Iclusig for a shot at $200M in R&D cash

Ariad Pharmaceuticals has inked a deal with PDL BioPharma, trading a long-term royalty on its only marketed drug in exchange for money to develop another.

Foresite Capital reloads with a $450M biotech venture fund

Venture investor Foresite Capital closed a $450 million new fund, its largest ever, and is setting out to find the next generation of promising drug developers.

Sanofi's diabetes combo clears a clinical hurdle in a race with Novo Nordisk

Sanofi's combination of a Type 2 diabetes treatment and a long-acting insulin met its main goal in a Phase III trial, the company said, setting up an FDA application later this year.

Boehringer bets up to $730M on a new lung cancer drug

Boehringer Ingelheim has agreed to hand over as much as $730 million to South Korean drugmaker Hanmi Pharmaceutical in exchange for the rights to a midstage treatment for lung cancer, betting the drug can stand out in a crowded field.