fbpx

Bluebird Bio to Spin Off Cancer-Drug Unit

Bluebird Bio to Spin Off Cancer-Drug Unit

Bluebird Bio Inc., a biotech pioneer in the field of gene therapies, plans to split itself in two later this year, spinning off its cancer-drug unit

Are Videogames the Future of Remote Work?
Netflix, Flexing Its Muscles, Announces 2021 Film Slate
U.K. probing if allergic reactions linked to Pfizer vaccine

Bluebird Bio Inc., a biotech pioneer in the field of gene therapies, plans to split itself in two later this year, spinning off its cancer-drug unit into a new, publicly traded company so it can focus on rare diseases.

Bluebird Chief Executive Nick Leschly will helm the new cancer company and assume a new position as executive chairman of Bluebird. Andrew Obenshain, currently Bluebird’s president of severe genetic diseases, will become its chief executive, the company said.

The separation is expected to close in the fourth quarter, the company said.

“We built this powerful product engine, and the question is: ‘What is the best way to think about the next five to 10 years?’ ” Mr. Leschly said in an interview. “We don’t believe the past is the best way to head into the future.”

The restructuring comes as Bluebird struggles to match its scientific achievements advancing its drug pipeline with commercial success. The Cambridge, Mass., biotech has grappled with painful delays in securing U.S. regulatory approvals and generating revenue from a rare-disease blood drug cleared in Europe.

This post first appeared on wsj.com

Do You Enjoy This Article?
Sign up for our newsletter and receive FREE access to download SuccessDigest Digital Weekly Edition for attainment of your financial freedom in the new digital economy!

Invalid email address
We promise not to spam you. You can unsubscribe at any time.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 0
DISQUS:
%d bloggers like this: