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Sanofi spends $425M to double down on Translate Bio mRNA pact, eyes Q4 COVID-19 vax start

 

Sanofi Pasteur is betting big on its pact with mRNA biotech Translate Bio as it deepens its ties and commitment to infectious disease vaccines using this new tech.

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  |   From the Trenches

Nurturing A Culture Of “Smart Speed” To Bring Gene Therapy To The World

As we approach our 5th anniversary and surpass our 125th hire, we have come to recognize that one of the most important characteristics for success at AVROBIO is a commitment to our mantra of “smart speed.” We’ve been thinking a lot about what that term means for us – and for the field of gene therapy.

By Deanna Petersen, chief business officer at AVROBIO, and Georgette Verdin, chief human resources officer at AVROBIO, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC.

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  |   From the Trenches

Leading and Learning Through Challenging World Events

It’s been over three months since stay at home advisories and social distancing protocols abruptly arrived in Massachusetts. Calls for a return to normal and getting “back” to how things once were are growing louder by the day. In recent weeks, protests calling for racial equality and an end to systemic injustice have unfolded across the nation. The disproportionate share of minority populations dying of COVID-19 coupled with recent cases of police brutality, are a catalyst for change that has been long overdue. People are growing restless on every level and for good reason. As business leaders, we have an opportunity to find ways to use this unrest to question the status quo and evaluate where to drive change.

By Jodie Morrison, CEO of Cadent Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC

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  |   From the Trenches

Will Clinical Trials Make a House Call?

I love to travel. While still in training in internal medicine, I earned extra money to fund trips abroad by covering for community-based general practitioners (GPs). This usually involved staying in the GP’s house for the weekend, holding the cell phone and carrying a medical bag in what I call ‘the boot’. I am a country girl at heart and driving around the Irish countryside between seeing a couple of patients at the practice was a nice escape from the city.

By Aoife Brennan, CEO of Synlogic, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC.

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Atlas Venture Raises $400M Fund to Seed Another New Set of Biotechs

Another venture capital firm that backs biotechs has raised a multimillion-dollar fund—money the firm, Cambridge, MA-based Atlas Venture, says it will use to continue creating and funding companies that are working to create new medicines.

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