Managing Editor, US Commercial News
Mandy reports on daily biopharma developments, writes feature stories and produces Scrip's Finance Watch column. She covers finance, start-ups, dealmaking, clinical trial results, quarterly earnings reports, commercial competition and corporate strategy.
Mandy regularly interviews everyone from big pharma CEOs to biotech start-up founders, enhancing her expertise on industry trends and market dynamics. She also is interested in drug pricing and novel reimbursement strategies, new treatments in areas of true unmet need, diversity in the biopharma industry and novel approaches to drug development. She has been a business reporter since 2000, covering biopharma, biotech law and commercial real estate.
Latest From Mandy Jackson
Less than two years after its $101m series A round, Seismic’s machine-learning powered IMPACT platform for biologics drug discovery yielded two clinical trial-ready assets worthy of a $121m series B.
Private Company Edition: Lilly will open a third accelerator, this time in San Diego, and Fosun partnered with Treehill to help later-stage firms get over the finish line. Also, Flagship – after recent UK investments – signals its next fund will total $3bn. ArrivoBio and Alto Neuroscience raised $45m each.
CAR-T therapy-associated T-cell malignancies that the US FDA is investigating could make the treatments less attractive in autoimmune diseases than in oncology, but patients in both settings already accept some cancer risk with other available medicines.
SpringWorks’ gamma secretase inhibitor will be available soon for adults at any stage of treatment for desmoid tumors with a list price of $29,000 for a 30-day supply.
Restructuring Edition: OrbiMed/Foresite and Concentra responded quickly after Theseus implemented a 72% workforce reduction and began a search for strategic alternatives despite having $225.4m in cash. REGENXBIO, Novavax and Lyell also revealed job cuts despite large cash stockpiles.
Venture capital and public market fundraising have grown increasingly difficult since 2021, but while there are glimmers of hope, the rules for who can raise venture cash or launch an IPO have changed.