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Company Overview and News
On February 12, 2018, Axovant Sciences (AXON) issued a press release noting changes to the management team and Board of Directors. Dr David Hung retired as CEO and Dr Pavan Cheruvu took his place, among other changes. Three and a half months of radio silence followed. What broke the silence? Another press release on May 29 noting additions to the management team and organizational restructuring. Things got interesting on June 6, when AXON reported it had licensed a gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease from Oxford BioMedica and of course made additional management changes.
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Oxford BioMedica, UK Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium, Boehringer Ingelheim and Imperial Innovations Form Partnership to Develop a Novel Gene Therapy Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis
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On July 10th 2018 Axovant Sciences (AXON) announced a partnership with Benitec Biopharma (BNTC) for exclusive global rights to BB-301, now named AXO-AAV-OPMD, for the treatment of oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, or OPMD, and five additional gene therapy programs in neurological disorders.
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Benitec Biopharma could generate up to $655 million-plus in payments from licensing its preclinical gene therapy for oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD; pictured), and five additional Benitec gene therapy candidates for neurological disorders to to Axovant Sciences. [NIH]
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Shares of Solid Biosciences Inc. (SLDB - Free Report) surged 10.9% after the company announced that the FDA has lifted the clinical hold on its phase I/II trial, IGNITE DMD, for its experimental candidate, SGT-001.
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Axovant Sciences' (AXON) licensing deal with Oxford BioMedica (OTCPK:OXBDF) is nothing short of a masterstroke. This deal has opened up the gene therapy segment for Axovant Sciences and has positioned the company to make a solid entry in the neurodegenerative disease segment. This transformation from being a small molecule player to a very potent lentiviral vector gene therapy company initially targeting Parkinson's disease or PD has been well received by the investor community.
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The biotech sector was in focus last week with regular pipeline updates and collaboration/licensing deals. While biotech bigwig Amgen’s (AMGN - Free Report) drugs won both FDA and EC approvals, Axovant (AXON - Free Report) soared on a licensing deal Oxford BioMedica. Meanwhile, Regeneron (REGN - Free Report) collaborated with Zoetis to discover new veterinary treatments.
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Business overview Rennova Health, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, “Rennova”, “we” or the “Company”) is a provider of an expanding group of health care services for healthcare providers, patients and individuals. Beginning in 2018, the Company intends to focus on and operate two synergistic divisions: 1) Clinical diagnostics through its clinical laboratories; and 2) Hospital operations through its Big South Fork Medical Center, which opened on August 8, 2017, and a hospital in Jamestown Tennessee, including a doctor’s practice, the assets of which the company expect to acquire in the second quarter of 2018, pursuant to the terms of a definitive asset purchase agreement that the company entered into on January 31, 2018, as more fully discussed below. The company believe that its approach will produce a more sustainable business model and the capture of multiple revenue streams from medical providers, patients and hospital services. Management determined that because Big So...
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Core Business At Ballard, Ballard Power Systems is building a clean energy growth company. Ballard Power Systems is recognized as a world leader in proton exchange membrane (“PEM”) fuel cell power system development and commercialization. The company's principal business is the design, development, manufacture, sale and service of PEM fuel cell products for a variety of applications, focusing on its power product markets of Heavy-Duty Motive (consisting of bus, truck, rail and marine applications), Portable Power, Material Handling and Backup Power, as well as the delivery of Technology Solutions, including engineering services, technology transfer, and the license and sale of its extensive intellectual property portfolio and fundamental knowledge for a variety of fuel cell applications. A fuel cell is an environmentally clean electrochemical device that combines hydrogen fuel with oxygen (from the air) to produce electricity. The hydrogen fuel can be obtained from natural g...
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Overview Marathon Patent Group was incorporated in the State of Nevada on February 23, 2010 under the name Verve Ventures, Inc. On December 7, 2011, the company changed its name to American Strategic Minerals Corporation and were engaged in exploration and potential development of uranium and vanadium minerals business. In June 2012, the company discontinued its minerals business and began to invest in real estate properties in Southern California. In October 2012, the company discontinued its real estate business when its former CEO joined the firm and the company commenced its IP licensing operations, at which time the Company’s name was changed to Marathon Patent Group, Inc. On November 1, 2017, the company entered into a merger agreement with Global Bit Ventures, Inc. (“GBV”), which is focused on mining digital assets. Marathon Patent Group has since purchased its cryptocurrency mining machines and established a data center in Canada to mine digital assets. Following the me...