Life Scientists as a Percentage of All Occupations This indicator represents the percentage of life scientists in a state’s workforce. Life scientists are identified from standard occupational codes that include agricultural and food scientists, biological scientists, conservation scientists and foresters, medical scientists, and postsecondary teachers in these fields. A high share of life scientists in a state’s workforce could indicate a robust cluster of life sciences industries such as pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing. States in the top quartile for this indicator also tend to contain agriculture-intensive industries.
Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (Nasdaq: PACB) (“Pacific Biosciences” or “PacBio”), a leading provider of high-quality, long-read sequencing platforms, announced today that it acquired Circulomics Inc. (“Circulomics”), a Maryland-based biotechnology company focused on delivering highly differentiated sample prep products that enable genomic workflows. Scientists recognize Circulomics as a leader in extracting high quality, high molecular weight (HMW) DNA from almost any sample type. These products are commonly used for long read applications across a diverse set of markets including, human biomedical research, plant and animal sciences and microbiology.
Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), today announced that NVX-CoV2373, its recombinant nanoparticle protein-based COVID-19 vaccine, demonstrated 100% protection against moderate and severe disease, 90.4% efficacy overall, and met the primary endpoint in its PREVENT-19 pivotal Phase 3 trial. The study enrolled 29,960 participants across 119 sites in the U.S. and Mexico to evaluate efficacy, safety and immunogenicity, with an emphasis on recruiting a representative population of communities and demographic groups most impacted by the disease.
Gain Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: GANX) (“Gain”), a biotechnology company focused on redefining drug discovery by identifying and optimizing allosteric binding sites that have never before been targeted, today announced the publication of two PCT patents. PCT/IB2020/061158 and PCT/IB2020/0611156 are directed at compounds targeting misfolded beta-glucocerebrosidase (GBA) and galactosylceramidase (GALC) respectively, addressing central nervous system (CNS) and demyelinating disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy body dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Adaptive Phage Therapeutics, Inc. (“APT”), a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to providing therapies to treat infectious diseases, today announced a newly-formed research collaboration with Oyster Point Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: OYST) for developing therapies, using APT’s PhageBank™ technology, potentially targeting multiple ophthalmic diseases.
Curio Wellness is planning significant expansions of its Lutherville-Timonium medical cannabis growing and processing operations, armed with $22 million in newly raised equity funding and a $26 million mortgage deal.
Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) announced two-year persistence data from its Phase 2 clinical study evaluating the safety and immunogenicity of the company’s investigational chikungunya virus virus-like particle (CHIKV VLP) vaccine candidate in 415 healthy adults.
Celularity, Inc. (“Celularity”), a clinical-stage biotechnology company, leading the next evolution in cellular medicine with the development of off-the-shelf allogeneic therapies derived from the postpartum human placenta, and MaxCyte, Inc., a leading provider of cell-engineering platform technologies for next generation cell-based therapies, today announce the signing of a strategic platform license.