George Scangos’ Bold Vision

The former Biogen CEO is making waves at his new venture, Vir Biotechnology.

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Founded just last year and helmed by former Biogen and Exelixis chief exec George Scangos, Vir Biotechnology has wasted no time making a big splash. The company announced a series of agreements, covering Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Visterra, Humabs Biomed, and four academic institutions. Despite its youth, Vir is acting as the senior partner in these deals, leveraging the more than $500 million in financing it has received to date. It’s acquiring Humabs outright, while taking on Alnylam’s hepatitis B program (plus up to four other infectious disease targets), and license and option agreements covering up to six Visterra infectious disease programs.

Here’s a roundup of these stories and other top deals and partnerships from the past month.

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