Asia Deal Watch: Ambrx, NovoCodex Partner On Second ADC Candidate, For CD70-Positive Cancers
Deal follows 2013 pact between Ambrx and NovoCodex parent Zhejiang Medicine for HER2-positive-directed ADC. Astellas teams with Pandion on pancreatic cancer and Takeda with MD Anderson on CAR NK therapies.
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Aspen Neuroscience, Pandion and iTeos raised $70m, $80m and $125m, respectively. Also, Glide Healthcare closed a €416m ($450m) fund; ElevateBio, Kallyope and SutroVax reveal VC mega-rounds; and Dragonfly adds new funding to its partnering proceeds.
Highly promising results for a novel, easy to use form of CAR therapy, as early trial in hematologic malignancies shows a high response and low toxicity.