NCBiotech News

We work hard to bring you the stories about the life science community in North Carolina. Every once in a while, we add a little news of our own. Read some of those stories below, or check out some of our perspectives on our staff blog.

Verona Pharma logo
Verona Pharma has landed an additional $30 million in financing to support its “first-in-class” drug candidate, ensifentrine, targeting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
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Eli Lilly and Durham gene editing innovator Precision Biosciences announced a research collaboration and exclusive license agreement that could potentially be worth over $2.7 billion.
Kimberly Smith, MD, MPH
Kimberly Smith, M.D., MPH, SVP and head of research and development of ViiV Healthcare in RTP, is hailed as one of the top 20 among 2020’s "Fiercest Women in Life Sciences."
IPM Chirana's ventilator
IPM Chirana, a global company that makes ventilators to treat critical care patients, has selected Research Triangle Park as the site of its U.S. headquarters.
Locus logo
Morrisville-based Locus Biosciences has signed an agreement with a global non-profit to help fund a new CRISPR Cas3 antibacterial therapy to treat recurrent urinary tract infections.
Verona Pharma entry
Verona Pharma, a British clinical-stage biotech firm with U.S. headquarters in Raleigh, is exploring the option of repurposing its leading drug candidate to treat COVID-19 patients.
NCBiotech awarded 11 grants and loans totaling $623,136 to bioscience companies, universities and nonprofit organizations in the first quarter of its fiscal year.
Avient Biosciences facility
Avient Biosciences' new hemp and research and extraction facility is prepared to produce pharmaceutical ingredients.
Merck Hillman Center
Merck enters an agreement to buy clinical-stage startup VelosBio for $2.75 billion.
Advanced Chemotherapy Technologies
Raleigh's Advanced Chemotherapy Technologies announces $5.5M in Series A to fund tests of its medical device offering targeted delivery of chemotherapy to the pancreas in humans.
410 Medical LifeFlow device
Durham startup 410 Medical has received FDA 510(k) Clearance for its LifeFlow PLUS Blood and Fluid Infuser (LifeFlow PLUS). 
Timothy Sheahan, Ph.D.
Alyssa LaFaro at UNC Research highlights the coronavirus-focused work of Ralph Baric and Timothy Sheahan, Ph.D.
Syneos Health
Syneos Health, one of the biggest contract service providers in the sector is getting even bigger through the acquisition of Synteract.
BioAgilytix's Durham headquarters
BioAgilytix, one of North Carolina’s fastest-growing home-grown life sciences companies, is adding 878 new employees with a $61.5 million investment in its global Durham headquarters.
Hortense Dodo
Elizabeth City life sciences company IngateyGen is led by Hortense Dodo, Ph.D., who is using CRISPR technology supported by NCBiotech to take the allergic reactions out of peanuts.