Promising preclinical work on messenger RNA therapies has provided Moderna Therapeutics with the number one spot on CNBC's list of the most disruptive new technologies now in the spotlight.
Shuffling a thick deck of preclinical programs, Moderna Therapeutics has dealt out a fresh biotech hand for the third in its series of venture units tasked with recruiting a new team to shepherd messenger RNA programs into the clinic.
While a long list of biopharma companies have been dropping the ax on R&D staffers in recent weeks and months, some of the top execs being shown the exit are finding that new doors are opening as fast as old positions are whisked away. Today, Tal Zaks underscored the bright side of restructuring, being named chief medical officer at Moderna Therapeutics a month after he was among 100 oncology R&D staffers who were ushered out at Sanofi in a recent reorganization.
With a big assist from Moderna's recent monster round, the biotech industry came within a rounding error of breaking the record for new venture investing in 2014, racking up $5.96 billion in total investments in a frenzied year of deals, data and buyouts, according to The MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters.
Pharma giant Merck is buying into the allure of Moderna Therapeutics and its radical promise to transform patients' cells into drug factories, committing $100 million and joining a host of collaborators and investors betting the early-stage biotech is sitting on transformational technology.
Superlatively well-funded biotech Moderna Therapeutics has raised another $450 million in venture cash, planning to staff up and buckle down on a slew of preclinical candidates that promises to transform patients' cells into drug factories.
Well-funded biotech Moderna Therapeutics has inked a long-term deal with Sweden's Karolinska Institutet to spotlight new applications for the company's messenger RNA technology.
Given the eyebrow-raising cash component in Celgene's new deal with Nogra, we thought it would be fun to list the top 10 upfronts paid for experimental drugs, ranked simply according to the cash included in the upfront--no surer sign of what a company really thinks about the potential of an experimental therapy or portfolio.
Moderna Therapeutics has chosen the big stage of the J.P. Morgan conference to unveil its next gambit: splitting in two and launching a standalone company to advance its oncology programs.
Cambridge, MA's Moderna Therapeutics is marching on with another high-dollar deal, getting $125 million up front to lend its messenger RNA platform to rare disease luminary Alexion Pharmaceuticals.