BioCentury | Aug 12, 2020

Single-asset KaNDy finds $425M exit as Bayer continues to build women’s health portfolio

Bayer’s $425 million takeout of menopause play KaNDy sends a signal to investors that women’s health can deliver a return. Private companies working in the space have long struggled to raise venture money. “Women’s health,...
BioCentury | Jun 24, 2020

Expect more company creation by BGV with its €105M fourth fund

BioGeneration Ventures is the latest in a string of European early-stage VCs raising upsized funds that give them the ability to commit more capital to portfolio companies and retain larger stakes longer. The firm also...
BioCentury | Jun 2, 2020

Hillhouse-backed $160M series B round to drive Genor’s first candidate to the market

Genor plans to establish a commercial team and take its first checkpoint inhibitor to market for a new indication after raising a $160 million series B round led by existing investor Hillhouse Capital. New investors...
BioCentury | May 22, 2020
Product Development

May 21 Quick Takes: EC approves Zolgensma for SMA; plus Sunovion, Kadmon, Sorrento, tafasitamab, Zentalis’ new JV

Immediate access to Zolgensma in France The European Commission conditionally approved Zolgensma onasemnogene abeparvovec from Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS; SIX:NOVN) to treat spinal muscular atrophy in babies and young children who have SMA Type 1 or...
BioCentury | May 7, 2020

CRISPR comes of age years ahead of schedule with first diagnostic authorization

FDA’s authorization of a CRISPR-based diagnostic for COVID-19 from Sherlock Biosciences is another step in the right direction for COVID-19 diagnostics, but it’s a much bigger win for the CRISPR technology. It represents the first...
BioCentury | Mar 25, 2020

March 24 Quick Takes: Apexigen brings series C to $123M; plus Nanjing F&S, FCA and Asieris

Apexigen boosts series C with $65M extension Apexigen Inc. added $65 million to its 2018 series C, bringing the round to $123 million. The extension was led by Decheng Capital and new investor Oceanpine Capital,...
BioCentury | Feb 27, 2020
Product Development

Travel restrictions could stall deal flow, fundraising and more as COVID-19 outbreak progresses

The inability to hold face-to-face meetings as the coronavirus crisis deepens globally will have broad impacts across the biopharma industry on everything from dealmaking and fundraising to regulatory progress. For Apollomics Inc., a cancer company...
BioCentury | Jan 10, 2020
Financial News

Jan. 9 Financial Quick Takes: Closes for two royalty funds; plus Apellis leads follow-on trio, Element, Omniome, Hinova, Emergex, Tscan, Calliditas

HealthCare Royalty, Sagard close royalty funds HealthCare Royalty Partners closed its HealthCare Royalty Partners IV fund at $1.8 billion. The firm also promoted four team members to managing director: Carlos Almodóvar, head of IR; Shin...
BioCentury | Jan 8, 2020
Clinical News

Apellis readies to compete with Soliris in PNH based on Phase III data

Apellis’ paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria candidate has beaten Soliris head-to-head on hemoglobin level improvement. Despite some ambiguity on how FDA will see the data, the company believes pegcetacoplan has a strong case for approval and could...
BioCentury | Oct 19, 2019

Woodford’s empire crumbles. U.K biotech stays standing

Perhaps the greatest sign of robustness of the U.K. biotech sector is that it barely budged on the news this week of Neil Woodford’s demise. Woodford’s struggles came to an acrimonious and swift end as...
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