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For the Rest

Johnson & Johnson bid 1.75 billion euros to buy the rest of the Dutch biotechnology company Crucell, reports The New York Times' DealBook, which notes that Johnson & Johnson already owns nearly 18 percent of the biotech. The offer for the company, which specializes in vaccines and therapeutics for infectious diseases, is 24.75 euros a share, and is supported by the Crucell board. The bid goes to a vote in early February. "While the bid announced Wednesday doesn't rival Pfizer's $68 billion deal for Wyeth last year or Merck’s $41 billion acquisition of Schering-Plough, Johnson & Johnson is clearly in a position to go shopping while rivals try to integrate their major purchases," the Times says. However, at Pharmalot, Ed Silverman lists some of the company's recent woes, including recalls and manufacturing problems.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.