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Biotech represents a risky business with high stakes—payouts can be high but the failures can be very low. experienced the negative side of the biotech as one of its late-stage clinical trial programs, an investigational gene therapy treatment for the most aggressive form of cancer, failed. Consequently, it must now reduce 65% of its workforce.

About 30 will experience the layoff from the San Diego-based venture. They are publicly traded at (NASDAQ: TOCA).

Prioritization

With its remaining cash, the venture will focus on the completion of clinical trial analysis of results from Toca 5. They offer a presentation of these findings at the annual meeting of the Society For Neuro-Oncology, in Arizona.

The Drug

The drug also being tested in a Phase 2/3 trial for glioblastoma patients. This is one of the most common and deadly brain cancers for adults. NRG Oncology is actually conducting the trial via grants from the National Cancer Institute.

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