Venture Funding Deals
Derived from Strategic Transactions, Informa’s premium source for tracking life sciences deal activity, the Venture Funding Deals column provides a comprehensive monthly review of emerging biopharmaceutical companies that have received venture funding. This month’s column covers deals announced in January and February 2017.
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Finance Watch: Notable Neuroscience VC Deals Include Nura Bio’s $73m Launch
Private Company Edition: Several drug developers targeting neurological diseases raised venture capital recently. In addition to Nura Bio, Encoded Therapeutics revealed a $135m series D round. Also, Longwood closed a $170m fund and Flagship launched Omega Therapeutics with $85m.
Finance Watch: A One-Time Treatment For Heart Disease? Verve Raises $58.5m To Give It A Try
Private Company Edition: With academic muscle, Google cash and nanoparticles, and various CRISPR licenses, Verve will develop gene-editing therapies for coronary heart disease prevention. Also, Vividion raises an $82m series B and two Belgian companies bring in $77.8m in VC cash.
Finance Watch: Genocea, Mateon Shift Strategies, Cut Jobs To Preserve Cash
Genocea shifts to preclinical neoantigen-based cancer vaccines rather than advance a Phase III-ready herpes program on its own and Mateon gives up on its lead drug as placebo outperforms. Also, Juno tops recent public company financings and new VC funds back early-stage firms.