For more than a year now, NEA general partner David Mott has helmed Mersana Therapeutics, a Cambridge, MA-based biotech that has been working on next-gen antibody-drug conjugates. But this morning he's handing the reins over to longtime biotech vet Anna Protopapas (while remaining chairman) after organizing a $35 million B round that will be announced later this morning.
LONDON-- High-profile British fund manager Neil Woodford rolled out plans to raise about $300 million for an investment trust that will bet heavily on the U.K.'s struggling biotech sector.
North Carolina's G1 Therapeutics hauled in $33 million to advance a headline-grabbing approach to cancer treatment, helping the biotech hit the gas in a space otherwise dominated by Big Pharma.
A U.S./Japanese hybrid biotech chaired and co-founded by Gregory Verdine, the high-profile Harvard investigator now laboring as CEO of Warp Drive Bio, has gathered together $18 million in a transpacific venture round and set its sights on developing a "revolutionary" new class of nucleic acid drugs based on a potentially breakthrough approach to drug design.
Cashing in on the current enthusiasm in venture circles for gene therapy upstarts, ReGenX has snagged a $30 million round that will finance a round of new hires as it sets sail for the clinic with lead programs for rare diseases of the central nervous system.
Fountain Healthcare Partners put together an €85 million ($101 million) new purse, money the Irish investor plans to pour into biotech startups.
The Third Rock-launched Global Blood Therapeutics has rounded up $48 million to push into the clinic with an experimental therapy for sickle cell disease and set the stage for an IPO later this year--once they have proof-of-concept data for their drug in hand.
Yesterday's news that Moderna raised $450 million on the back of its preclinical R&D work--on top of the $500 million it already banked--stood out as the biggest new venture round recorded for an early-stage biotech like this. But it's still just a piece of the money that's been flowing into biotech over the past year--and a likely harbinger of more good things to come in 2015.
Whatever data Naurex collected from its recently completed Phase IIb study of an NMDA receptor drug for depression, it must have deeply impressed its investment syndicate. Today the company unveiled the news that it has rounded up an $80 million round designed to put the drug through a late-stage pivotal trial.
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