Poseida's CAR-T, Gene Therapy Programs Get $142m Boost, Including Novartis Cash
Despite its sidetracked IPO, a registrational trial for the company's BCMA-targeting CAR-T is underway to support a late 2020 BLA filing and this new VC funding could accelerate additional programs. CAR-T pioneer Novartis is strictly an investor in the Series C round, but takes a board seat.
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Private Company Edition: BioGeneration closed a €105m ($119m) fund to continue backing new European companies, while Samsara BioCapital, Evotec and KCK Ltd. launched the virtual incubator Autobahn Labs. Also, Poseida, Annexon and Goldfinch close $100m-plus VC rounds.
Public Company Edition: June has seen 14 initial public offerings by drug developers (and one big biopharma funder) after there were only 15 from January through May – and the month isn’t over yet. Follow-on and other offerings also are hitting the market at a rapid pace.
Private Company Edition: VC deals are surging this year for cell and gene therapy firms, according to ARM’s third quarter report. Also, Vivo Capital and the CF Foundation plan to invest nearly $2bn in health care and life science opportunities, and Akeso completes $150m series D.