Issue Date: July 25, 2016
Juno acquires RedoxTherapies
Juno Therapeutics has acquired RedoxTherapies for $10 million in cash and potential milestone payments. With the deal comes vipadenant, a small-molecule adenosine A2A receptor antagonist that has the potential to inhibit immunosuppressive pathways in cancer. Juno intends to test the molecule in combination with its engineered T-cell candidates. Only a few days before announcing the acquisition, Juno was allowed to restart a Phase II leukemia clinical trial of its lead product candidate, JCAR015. FDA had halted the trial when two patients died after the addition of another drug to the treatment regimen.
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