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

Tracon raises $36M in a downsized IPO

Cancer drug developer Tracon Pharmaceuticals pulled in $36 million in an IPO, pricing well below its expected range as it works to get its top drug into late-stage trials.

Obama wants $215M to kick off 'precision medicine' project

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $215 million to sequence the genomes of 1 million Americans and help develop a new generation of medicines, part of a sweeping plan to accelerate biomedical R&D.

Pfizer bails on a $70M rare disease deal with Repligen

Pfizer is walking away from a $70 million collaboration with Waltham, MA's Repligen, handing back some early-stage treatments for the rare spinal muscular atrophy.

Spark nails a $161M IPO to fund its 'breakthrough' gene therapy

Spark Therapeutics, at work on one-time treatments for rare diseases, pulled off a $161 million IPO, pricing above its range and keeping biotech's Wall Street hot streak rolling.

Astellas bets on Immunomic's allergy vaccine in a $75M deal

Astellas Pharma is teaming up with biotech Immunomic Therapeutics on a vaccine that could relieve a common allergy that affects millions in its native Japan.

Buzz: Obama's 'precision' plan involves a major genomic database

President Barack Obama's plot to bolster personalized medicine research would lean heavily on a planned bank of patient genetic information, Science magazine reports, pooling existing databases to create a huge R&D utility. But the promise of a so-called Precision Medicine Initiative has left some scientists cold, hearkening back to overblown efforts past.

Merck KGaA abandons Symphogen's cancer drug ahead of Phase III

Merck KGaA, in the process of paring down its pipeline, is walking away from a $625 million deal with Symphogen and handing back the company's lead asset, a targeted cancer treatment in midstage trials.

Flex Pharma pulls off an $86M IPO for its cramp-treating spice cocktail

In another sign last year's bull market for biopharma has survived into 2015, Flex Pharma, at work on a biotech dietary supplement, priced an $86.4 million IPO above its expected range.

Amgen faces a make-or-break 2015 with its late-stage pipeline

Amgen, a big R&D spender facing calls for a breakup, is headed for a major referendum on its strategy in 2015 as a slew of its pipeline assets come up for regulatory review or late-stage results.

Ascendis and Zosano bank $158M in the year's first biotech IPOs

Ascendis Pharma cleared $108 million and Zosano Pharma raised $50 million in the first biotech IPOs of 2015, stoking hopes that the industry's window onto Wall Street will stay open well into the new year.