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Bluebird posts more promising results for its rare disease therapy

Bluebird bio's experimental therapy for the genetic blood disorder beta-thalassemia major is working just as the biotech planned, using a single dose to wean two more patients off of the chronic transfusions required to treat the disease.

Biotech R&D is changing. Don't get left behind

Over the last few years we've seen some big changes in the way some drugs are developed. What better time to host a new FierceBiotech executive panel discussion on current trends in late-stage development?

Bluebird bio snares gene-editing tech in $156M buyout deal

The gene therapy pioneer bluebird bio has snapped up a biotech outfit skilled in gene-editing and cell-signaling tech in a deal valued at up to $156 million, including about $16 million worth of its stock.

Bluebird's gene therapy 2.0 weans beta-thalassemia patients off blood transfusions

Gene therapy 2.0 at bluebird bio is demonstrating some early signs of success with an upgrade to its experimental therapy for the genetic blood disorder beta-thalassemia demonstrating promising results in a pair of patients, weaning them off the regular blood transfusions needed to stay alive.

Bluebird bio buoyed by news of looming trial data

Shares of Cambridge, MA-based bluebird bio shot up after CEO Nick Leschly noted the looming arrival of early-stage data for its drug LentiGlobin, designed to treat the rare blood disorder beta thalassemia.

The top 10 biotech IPOs of 2013

Last year when we did the list of the top 10 biotech IPOs of 2012, we were lucky to have 10. Actually, there were 11, and that looked pretty good compared to the lean and hungry years of 2008 to...

UPDATED: Fresh burst of biotech IPO pitches launches a busy Q4 season

After a slight lull in the biotech IPO arena, new offerings came barreling back this week with some fresh breakouts. In particular Foundation Medicine priced over the range and immediately soared more than 80%. And Ophthotech also crested its range, erasing any lingering doubts about the short-term sustainability of the biotech IPO frenzy. Together they raised $273 million in a 24-hour pop. Read the report >>

Fate IPO flop raises fresh concerns about investors' appetite for biotech

A funny thing happened to Fate Therapeutics on its way to the hot biotech IPO market. Following fast on the heels on a pair of breakout IPOs, the offering flopped. And the setback is reigniting a debate over just how long the IPO market can continue to sizzle.

The biotech IPO scene turns red hot

During all of last year there were only 11 biotech IPOs. But even that weak number looked pretty good compared to the barren years leading away from the 2008 financial crisis. In the last 6 months, though, the industry has seen a tremendous rebound, with almost twice that number of IPOs in half the time. And there's no sign that the great leap into the public market is waning, with 10 more IPOs in the queue. Read the full report >>

UPDATED: Bluebird IPO busts out, raises $101M as biotech offerings turn red hot

Biotech IPOs are officially back in vogue. Bluebird bio--set up to develop new gene therapies for orphan diseases--priced its IPO at $17 a share, actually above its range. The biotech raised $101 million after bumping up the number of shares it had on offer.