Patrick Soon-Shiong, AP

Patrick Soon-Sh­iong merges trou­bled 'moon shot' Nan­tK­west and cell ther­a­py play Im­mu­ni­ty­Bio in late-stage ex­pan­sion

Once one of the hottest brands in biotech, Patrick Soon-Sh­iong’s next-gen can­cer brain­child Nan­tK­west has tak­en its lumps in re­cent years with lit­tle to show from its nat­ur­al killer cell plat­form. Now, with his cell ther­a­py play Im­mu­ni­ty­Bio mov­ing much faster in the clin­ic, Soon-Sh­iong will merge the two com­pa­nies to­geth­er to stream­line their mar­ket as­pi­ra­tions.

Nan­tK­west will re­verse merge with Soon-Sh­iong’s Im­mu­ni­ty­Bio in a stock-for-stock trans­ac­tion to bring 11 late-stage nat­ur­al killer and cell ther­a­py can­di­dates for on­col­o­gy and in­fec­tious dis­eases un­der a sin­gle roof, the com­pa­nies said Mon­day.

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