Pfiz­er inks an ear­ly-stage col­lab­o­ra­tion deal as it in­vests in an­oth­er start­up; Stem cell start­up lands car­diac tech

A busy Pfiz­er is part­ner­ing with South San Fran­cis­co-based Ab Ini­tio Bio­ther­a­peu­tics on the dis­cov­ery of new GPCR ac­ti­va­tor drugs. Pfiz­er is in­vest­ing in the com­pa­ny as part of this col­lab­o­ra­tion and hand­ing over a deal that in­cludes an un­spec­i­fied up­front as well as mile­stones. Just a cou­ple of days ago Pfiz­er helped launch a new on­colyt­ic virus biotech in Alame­da, CA dubbed Ig­nite. The phar­ma gi­ant took a 50% stake in that up­start.

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