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written by reader A new drug company coming on line?

By Anonymous Questions, January 12, 2016

I thought this might be of interest to our resident MD on new drugs. Or maybe he has covered this already and I missed it. Anyway here it is.

Gene-Editing Drugmaker Backed by Google, Gates Files for IPO

This article by Caroline Chen and Alex Barinka for Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

Editas Medicine Inc., the drugmaker whose backers include Bill Gates and Google Ventures, filed to become the first publicly traded company to specialize in a new technology to edit flaws in genes.

The company, which uses a gene-editing technique called Crispr, filed Monday for the IPO with an initial size of $100 million. That’s a placeholder amount used to calculate fees and will probably change.

Gene-editing startups have drawn more than $1 billion in private venture-capital investments since 2013, according to Boston Consulting Group, with investors hopeful that new, more precise DNA-editing capabilities will yield treatments for conditions as diverse as blood diseases, cancers, auto-immune disorders and inherited eye disorders.

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Editas has raised $163.3 million from selling preferred stock, its filing said. Venture capital firms Flagship Ventures and Polaris Partners each hold more than 15 percent of the company before the offering. Google Ventures — the unit of Alphabet Inc. that goes by GV for short — has also bought private shares, along with Gates and Khosla Ventures.

Rodger Novak, chief executive officer of Basel, Switzerland-based Crispr Therapeutics Ltd., has said he would consider an IPO this year. Both companies have said their first in-human trials won’t start until 2017. Other closely-held gene editing firms include Intellia Therapeutics Inc. and Poseida Therapeutics Inc. Bayer AG and Crispr Therapeutics also started a joint venture in December with a $335 million investment from Bayer.

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7 years ago

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6 years ago

Can anymore explain the huge jump in this stock, especially today 3/3/16? It’s quite unbelievable. No news yet since IPO offering yet this stock keeps increasing substantially by the day no matter if market as whole is bearish or not. What is the outlook, will this be at least $100 stock in next few months?

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