Microsoft has partnered with and invested in US-based Adaptive Biotechnologies to map the human immune system genetics using artificial intelligence (AI) for early detection and diagnosis of multiple diseases, including cancer.
BioNTech has raised $270 million (€224 million). The series A round positions the German biotech to mount a multifront attack on cancer, spearheaded by mRNA therapies and supported by a clutch of other modalities including CAR-T cells.
Scholar Rock has raised $47 million to take its treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) into the clinic. The series C tees up Scholar Rock to find out whether its myostatin blocker can best the underwhelming performance of one-time rivals from companies including Novartis.
Recent innovations from global device makers like Abbott to smaller specialists such as Nevro Corp. made the implants more powerful and effective. Combined with a national crackdown on narcotics and wanton pain pill prescriptions, they are spurring demand for implants.
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