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

Boehringer plays catch-up in COPD with its latest FDA approval

The FDA approved Boehringer Ingelheim's COPD treatment Striverdi Respimat, a once-a-day inhaler the German drugmaker hopes can contend in a crowded respiratory market.

Cold Genesys rakes in $13.6M for its cancer-fighting virus

California biotech Cold Genesys has wrapped up a $13.6 million A round to support its work on cancer treatment that promises to infect tumor cells and convince the immune system to join the fight.

AstraZeneca dials up its immuno-oncology focus with blockbuster hopes

AstraZeneca's internal forecast for a bright future is heavily dependent on a cache of new cancer immunotherapies, and the U.K. drugmaker is planning to test its lead oncology treatment in more and more tumor types with hopes of delivering on a $6.5 billion peak sales estimate.

Gene therapy biotech Avalanche banks $102M in an up-sized IPO

Menlo Park, CA's Avalanche Biotechnologies pulled off a $102 million Wall Street debut, planning to spend its new cash on a pipeline of gene therapies for ocular diseases.

Sanofi, Regeneron prep their PCSK9 cardio contender for FDA review after PhIII sweep

Sanofi and Regeneron are heading to the FDA with a potential blockbuster cardiovascular treatment, touting positive results from a slew of Phase III trials in which the drug slashed patients' bad cholesterol.

AstraZeneca bets on respiratory growth with $2.1B Almirall deal

AstraZeneca has signed an agreement to pick up Almirall's respiratory business for up to $2.1 billion, hoping to shoulder its way to the front of a blockbuster market for COPD treatments.

Sarepta's boardroom intrigue clouds a promising drug's future

After Sarepta Therapeutics' former head scientist blamed his swift ouster on "serious disagreements" with CEO Chris Garabedian, the company has moved to limit its chief executive's power, according to a report, especially when it comes to meetings with the FDA over the biotech's much-scrutinized lead drug.

Quark's RNAi treatment misses the mark in a Phase II kidney trial

Quark Pharmaceuticals' gene-silencing treatment for kidney transplant complications missed its primary endpoint in a Phase II trial, possibly jeopardizing a deal with Novartis worth up to $680 million.

Ex-Pfizer exec Schulman lands at Polaris after an abrupt departure

Months after a swift exit from Pfizer's highest ranks, Amy Schulman has made her next move, joining high-profile biotech investor Polaris as a venture partner

Sanofi dumps KaloBios' antibiotic in another stinging setback

KaloBios was an early entrant in 2013's boom of biotech IPOs, touting its development technology as a springboard for high-quality antibodies. A year later, that promise hasn't come to fruition, and partner Sanofi is walking away from an antibacterial program for which the company had high hopes.