Finance Watch: Kymera Will Start Protein Degrader Clinical Trials With $102m VC Round
Private Company Edition: Kymera said it will take up to three programs into the clinic by next year. Also, three new life science funds recently launched, including a Gates Foundation-backed accelerator for COVID-19 treatments, and Cell Medica reemerges as Kuur with new funding for CAR-NKT therapies.
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Private Company Edition: Venture capital financings didn’t take a break during Thanksgiving week. In addition to the $800m Resilience raised to fund manufacturing services, SomaLogic closed a $121m series A round to fund its proteomic tools for drug discovery and diagnostics development.
Private Company Edition: The average exit from biopharma investments rose from $356.8m in 2019 to $520.6m in 2020, explaining the staggering $12bn invested in the industry during the first half of this year versus $17bn for all of last year. In recent VC deals, VelosBio’s $137m series B was the largest.
Kymera will receive $150m upfront from Sanofi in a deal the big pharma views as an opportunity to develop a breakthrough oral drug for atopic dermatitis and other conditions.