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Leadership skills must adapt for rare disease success

In pharmaphorum’s rare disease focus month, Karl Simpson of Liftstream explores whether a different set of skills, experience and talent are required to develop orphan drugs, and questions how different the business model of rare diseases is. The article was … Continue reading

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Shire adds to board with appointment of Ian Clark

Shire plc has joined Agios Pharmaceuticals in announcing the appointment of Ian Clark to the Board of Directors. Mr. Clark served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Genentech Inc (part of the Roche Group) and Head of North American … Continue reading

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AVROBIO Bolsters Senior Management Team

AVROBIO, a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing transformative cell and gene therapies targeting cancer and rare diseases, has made three senior appointments. Joining the firm’s leadership team are Kim Warren, Head of Operations, Chris Mason, Chief Science Officer, and Deanna Petersen, … Continue reading

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Big-Pharma Defection Continues

In a continuation of a developing trend, two big-pharma executives left their cozy corner offices for the fast and wild biotech world. This year we have already seen a number of big names defect for the biotech world, the reasons … Continue reading

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Sanofi Genzyme Bioventures announce a brace of deals

Sanofi Genzyme Bioventures announced to financing deals today (Sept 8 – 2015), as it contributed to the financing of Proteostasis Therapeutics, a Series B mezzanine round of $37m to the company developing a cystic fibrosis drug for the orphan disease. … Continue reading

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Wellstat Therapeutics given FDA nod for XURIDEN in Rare Disease

Wellstat Therapeutics Corporation has announced in September that the US Food and Drug Administration granted marketing approval for XURIDEN™ (uridine triacetate), a pyrimidine analog for uridine replacement indicated for the treatment of hereditary orotic aciduria (HOA). With the approval of … Continue reading

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$40m for rare focused Rhythm

Rhythm announced today the completion of a $40 million Series A financing for its subsidiary, Rhythm Metabolic, Inc., which is developing setmelanotide (RM-493), a novel peptide MC4 agonist for the treatment of obesity caused by genetic deficiencies in the MC4 … Continue reading

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Jeremy Levin hauls in $75m Series B for Ovid

Ovid Therapeutics Inc. (Ovid), a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies for rare and orphan diseases of the brain, announced today that it has completed a Series B financing totaling $75 million. Fidelity Management and Research Company led … Continue reading

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Dimension Therapeutics Diversifies Leadership with Management and Board Appointment

Dimension Therapeutics, a leading rare disease company advancing novel, liver-directed treatments for diverse genetic disorders has announced that it has expanded its Board of Directors with the elections of Georges Gemayel, Ph.D., former Executive Vice President of Genzyme Corporation, and Arlene M. … Continue reading

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Tamar Howson appointed Board Director at Enzymotec

MIGDAL HA’EMEQ, Israel,  Enzymotec Ltd. (Nasdaq:ENZY) , a developer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative bio-active lipid ingredients, announced today the appointment of Tamar Howson to its Board of Directors, effective July 29, 2015. Steve Dubin, Enzymotec’s Chairman, commented, “I am … Continue reading

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