Despite mostly positive data from the ongoing phase III study of Talaris Therapeutics Inc.’s lead asset, FCR-001, an allogeneic cell therapy for treating living donor kidney transplant patients, investors are stepping away. The Boston and Louisville, Ky.-based company’s stock took a hit June 20 as shares (NASDAQ:TALS) fell 36.7% to $4.51 each.
Galapagos NV is making a decisive shift away from its small-molecule roots, sealing the simultaneous acquisition of CAR T-cell therapy specialist Cellpoint BV and fully-human antibody company Aboundbio Inc. The Cellpoint deal is by far the largest, with Galapagos paying €125 million (US$132 million) cash up front, with a further €100 million to come in milestones. The price for Aboundbio of Pittsburgh, is $14 million.
Shares of Athersys Inc. fell sharply May 20 after its partner and top investor Healios K.K. reported that Multistem (invimestrocel), the experimental cell therapy they've co-developed since 2016, missed the primary endpoint of a Japanese phase II/III ischemic stroke study called Treasure. Many Athersys investors appeared to read the results as bad news for Athersys' ongoing pivotal phase III stroke study, Masters-2.