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 email@example.com and follow @DamianFierce on Twitter.
Articles by Damian Garde
The average board of directors in the biotech world is roughly 90% male, according to a new analysis, and more than half of all industry boardrooms host no women whatsoever, striking numbers that illustrate a sector that struggles with diversity.
Finland's Forendo Pharma has pulled in €12 million ($15.2 million) to advance its treatment for a painful uterine condition, drawing the support of a few major drugmakers.
Eli Lilly is expanding its relationship with Canadian biotech Zymeworks, signing a broader deal that promises up to $375 million in milestones for its partner as the two collaborate on cancer immunotherapies.
Johnson & Johnson is expanding its network of biopharma incubators, taking to Texas with a plan to host as many as 50 local biotech startups.
Proteon Therapeutics priced its IPO below its expected range, clearing $61 million to pay the way for its investigational vascular drug.
Regulus Therapeutics, at work on a microRNA approach to hepatitis C, watched its shares skyrocket on positive early data for its lead candidate, which significantly reduced viral loads with a single dose.
GlaxoSmithKline is considering taking its HIV joint venture public, tersely dropping hints of an IPO for ViiV Healthcare as it lays out plans to again slash R&D costs and refocus its business.
Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb is lending his voice to the chorus of investors who believe Amgen would do better as two companies. And his firm, Third Point, has upped its stake in the Big Biotech, giving him a bigger stage from which to pressure executives.
Inovio Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca's MedImmune and the University of Pennsylvania have joined forces to study influenza and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, drawing on $12.2 million in federal funds.
As the promise of harnessing the immune system to fight cancer grabs headlines around the industry, venture stalwarts Fidelity Biosciences and Atlas Venture have teamed up to launch Unum Therapeutics, a Cambridge, MA, startup with a hybrid approach to the field.