BioCentury | Oct 13, 2020
Product Development

Data Bytes: coronavirus-targeted small molecules

The SARS-CoV-2 protease is the top target for small molecule COVID-19 candidates developed with a coronavirus infection as their original indication, of which only a handful have entered the clinic. Out of the 281 small molecule...
BioCentury | Aug 7, 2020
Deals

Billion-dollar Biogen deal gives Denali fuel to validate CNS delivery platform

With more than $1 billion in upfront money via its biggest deal yet, Denali now has enough firepower to bring its lead program into late-stage testing and validate its CNS delivery technology in the clinic....
BioCentury | Jun 24, 2020
Finance

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 22, 2020
Finance

In a first for the British Business Bank, firm backs Epidarex’s new fund

Epidarex’s latest fund will give the trans-Atlantic firm the ability to retain larger stakes later into the life cycle of portfolio companies. The fund also marks the first life sciences cornerstone investment from the British...
BioCentury | Jun 11, 2020
Deals

Prism’s peptide mimetic platform finds second discovery partner

Prism has closed a deal with its second large pharma partner, agreeing to collaborate with Boehringer to discover multiple compounds using its peptide mimetic platform. Financial terms and therapeutic focus of Monday’s deal are undisclosed....
BioCentury | Apr 29, 2020
Finance

Kurma closes new fund at €160M, triple size of previous fund

Kurma Partners is the latest European life sciences VC to raise a record fund. The French VC announced the final close of Kurma Biofund III at €160 million ($173.4 million), nearly three times the size...
BioCentury | Apr 18, 2020
Finance

April 17 Quick Takes: Mabworks’ $160M series C; plus RDMD, PIC, SIRS, Atomo and Lantern

Beijing antibody play Mabworks raises $160M Mabworks Biotech Co. Ltd. raised RMB1.1 billion ($160 million) in series C1 and C2 rounds to support development and commercialization of its antibody pipeline for various cancers, autoimmune, metabolic...
BioCentury | Mar 31, 2020
Finance

With new $450M fund, Gilde is latest European firm to aim for bigger holdings in earlier-stage investments

With its largest venture and growth capital fund to date, a $450 million vehicle, Gilde Healthcare is the latest European VC seeking to take bigger stakes in start-ups than it previously had sought, sometimes investing...
BioCentury | Mar 10, 2020
Finance

LSP to deploy $600M fund to retain larger stakes in early-stage European biotechs

LSP has formally closed its sixth fund at $600 million, the largest ever for a European life sciences fund. The firm joins a growing number of European VCs that have announced record fund-raisings in recent...
BioCentury | Feb 27, 2020
Product Development

Amgen banks on speed to maintain edge in two hot cancer spaces

Amgen has a first-mover advantage in two of the hottest areas of cancer R&D -- K-Ras and bispecific antibodies. To stay ahead, it’s banking on a combination of rapid clinical development and moving to earlier...
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