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Gene-editing firms form patent alliance against Editas, Broad

by Max StendahlBoston Business Journal
December 16th, 2016

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Four biotechs involved in the burgeoning field of gene editing announced a formal patent alliance on Friday that puts them at odds with two Cambridge institutions doing the same, Editas Medicine and The Broad Institute.

The four companies Berkeley, California-based Caribou Biosciences, ERS Genomics of Ireland, and Cambridge-based firms CRISPR Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CRSP) and Intellia Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NTLA) all licensed or sublicensed intellectual property regarding CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing from the same source: biologist Emmanuelle Charpentier, the Regents of the University of California and the University of Vienna.

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