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

Sarepta's embattled CEO steps down as DMD drug heads to the FDA

Chris Garabedian, the bullish, controversial CEO of Sarepta Therapeutics, has resigned from his post, leaving the company just as it prepares to file its Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment for FDA approval.

A massive M&A day stokes hopes for more biotech buyouts, but where's the bottom?

Thanks to deals signed on Monday alone, another $17 billion is set to change hands in the hyperacquisitive drug business, a single-day record that closes out a bracing quarter for buyouts. But with industry titans paying ever-higher prices for a shrinking number of assets, how long can the good times roll?

Bayer taps the Broad Institute for cardio R&D

Bayer is deepening its ties with Harvard and MIT's Broad Institute, delving into cardiovascular genomics in hopes of spotlighting new therapeutic approaches to deadly diseases.

Aegerion reaches a cease-fire with its activist agitators

Nearly two months after activist investor Sarissa Capital disclosed a major stake in Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, the biotech has signed an agreement giving Alex Denner's group some board representation in exchange for a reprieve from tension.

BioDelivery tanks as its pain gel comes up short in Phase III

BioDelivery Sciences' in-development pain gel failed to meet its main goal in a late-stage trial, a surprise turn for the company as it looked forward to an FDA submission.

Skincare startup bags $50M to get its acne drug into Phase III

Durham, NC's Novan Therapeutics raised $50 million to bankroll a new treatment for acne, persuading the high-profile European investor Malin to buy into the idea.

Novartis tackles immuno-oncology with a $750M Aduro deal for new R&D group

Novartis, a leader among companies using the immune system to fight cancer, is betting up to $750 million on a promising therapeutic approach from Aduro Biotech, widening its arsenal of potential treatments.

Lilly and Boehringer roll toward EU approval with diabetes combo

Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim secured a recommendation from European regulators for their combination diabetes treatment, making for a likely continental approval in the coming months.

Shire, BioMarin and the snowball effect of buyout rumors

Shire is an acquisitive company with a focus on rare diseases. BioMarin fits the same description. A blog post that, by its own admission, "might be codswallop," reported that the former is considering buying the latter. And those three facts combined to send the shares of BioMarin, far from a penny stock, up as much as 15% on Friday, illustrating how the biotech boom has changed Wall Street's perception of the drug industry.

Novo Nordisk speeds back to the FDA with its once-rejected insulin

After a surprise FDA rejection sent it back to the drawing board in 2013, Novo Nordisk is finally ready to resubmit Tresiba, a long-acting insulin with blockbuster potential.