According to the latest quarterly report from ASGCT (American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy) , Q2 2023 proved to be a notable quarter in the field of therapy approvals, with the introduction of six new therapies that garnered regulatory clearance. Notably, both gene therapy approvals for Elevidys in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Vyjuvek for dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa mark significant milestones as the first-ever gene therapies approved in their respective indications. The captivating advancements continued in the gene therapy realm, with an impressive increase in the number of therapies progressing to Phase II development—a growth unseen in over a year.

(Source: Biomedtracker | Citeline, July 2023)

The allure of the industry further extended to the dealmaking landscape, reaching a captivating peak in Q2 2023. Advanced molecular companies forged a total of 117 deals, showcasing a remarkable 6% increase over the aggregate of 110 deals in the preceding quarter. This surge was fueled by a reinvigorated financing scene, serving as a testament to the industry's appeal and potential. Start-up financing played a prominent role, with a remarkable $1.3 billion raised by 21 companies during the quarter—doubling the previous quarter's amount.

(Source: Biomedtracker | Citeline, July 2023)

Within this captivating period, ReNAgade Therapeutics shone bright by securing the largest Series A round of the quarter. MPM BioImpact and F2 Ventures led a mesmerizing $300 million financing for ReNAgade Therapeutics, whose RNA platform possesses the remarkable capabilities of RNA delivery, cell reprogramming, gene editing, and gene insertion.

Overall, the captivating allure of Q2 2023 showcased the industry's transformative power and attractiveness. The ground-breaking therapies, flourishing gene therapy landscape, and dynamic dealmaking environment paint a promising picture for the industry's future growth and prosperity.

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Cyagen Biosciences is a 900-employee company headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with additional locations in Germany, Japan, and China. Cyagen offers a “one-stop shop” tailored to biomedical scientists’ gene research needs. Cyagen is the world's largest provider of custom-engineered mouse and rat models. Our custom murine model generation services range from DNA vector construction to embryonic stem cell manipulation, microinjection, breeding, and more. All projects are fully customizable and flexible. Cyagen provides comprehensive Contract Research Organization (CRO) services for cell and gene therapy (CGT) research, including viral vector development, CAR design and construction, disease models, phenotype analysis, and pharmacodynamic evaluations.