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Finance Watch: Dementia Discovery Fund’s Behr Sees Early Investments Reviving Neuroscience Interest

Private Company Edition: Scrip spoke with DDF US partner Jonathan Behr about the convergence of emerging science, venture capital investment and rising big pharma interest in neurodegeneration. Also, in recent VC financings HotSpot raised $100m, while Curie and Ablaze debuted with $75m each. 

Financing Innovation

The Biotech Rollercoaster Ride: From Lab To Buyout

After investing more than €23m in Sanifit, the Spanish firm being acquired by Vifor Pharma, Caixa Capital's director of life sciences investments spoke to Scrip about the venture capital firm's long-term approach.

Spain Financing

Cash Injection Puts Quell At Forefront Of Treg Therapy

The London-based biotech is hoping to turn the dream of liver organ transplant without the need for lifelong immunosuppression into reality.

Financing Liver & Hepatic

Finance Watch: Venture Capital Drives Record-Breaking Year For Cell And Gene Therapies

Private Company Edition: Recent VC financings across biopharma sectors include three major mega-rounds as Generate Biomedicines bringing in $370m, followed by $250m for Acelyrin and $125m for Chroma Medicine. Also, Treadwell raised a $91m series B and Ncardia brought in $60m-plus.

Regenerative Medicine Financing

Finance Watch: Arbor, Acrivon, Bit.Bio Close VC Mega-Rounds

Private Company Edition: Arbor is developing drugs based on proprietary gene editors, Acrivon is applying proteomics to precision cancer therapies, and bit.bio is producing differentiated cell products. Also, Marengo launches with $80m, Sanofi invests up to $60m in Gyroscope and Shasqi raises $50m.

Financing Innovation

Finance Watch: CF Foundation Commits $110m In Partnership With Flagship’s Pioneering Medicines

Private Company Edition: Flagship’s Pioneering Medicines initiative and the firm’s portfolio companies will deliver cystic fibrosis drug candidates. Also, recent venture capital financings include cloud technology firm Saama’s $430m round and Shoreline’s $140m in new funding.

Financing Innovation

Leucid Bio Unveils ‘Parallel CAR-T’ Platform Targeting Solid Tumors

The King's College London spin-out has gained £11.5m backing to take its ‘parallel CAR-T’ into the clinic.

Commercial Clinical Trials

Finance Watch: 2021 Biopharma VC Funding Tops Full-Year 2020 Total

Private Company Edition: The industry raised $28bn in venture capital through the third quarter, breaking the record $27.4bn raised last year. Also, big pharmas backed a start-up lab in Israel, plus mega-rounds for CinCor Pharma ($143m) and Rectify Pharmaceuticals ($100m), while Cerecin raises $40m.

Financing Innovation

Sofinnova Raises €472m To Build Europe’s Biggest Early-Stage Investment Fund

The VC firm is making the most of a surge of capital from new and established investors who believe in the promise of European biopharma start-ups.

Commercial Companies

Investors Back iOmx’s Focus On Tumor Immune Evasion

The German biopharmaceutical company has been around since 2016, but now has the funding to bring its first candidate into clinical trials by late 2022

Companies Commercial

Finance Watch: Three Newly Public Companies Face Mixed Reception In Early Trading

Also, two more health care-focused SPACs went public, Centessa obtained up to $300m in debt, three new venture capital funds launched and Intergalactic debuted with a $75m series A round.

Financing Business Strategies

Neumora Launches With $500m To Advance Personalized Neuroscience Drugs

Combining biological insights with data science, the start-up emerges from stealth mode after two years of assembling its technology platform and R&D pipeline based on internal and external know-how.

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