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.
Welcome to the latest edition of our weekly EuroBiotech Report.
High-profile U.K. investor Neil Woodford made headlines last week when he invested $25 million into Northwest Biotherapeutics, and that's a sign of much more to come, according to reports, as the ex-Invesco manager is planning to unveil a new fund devoted solely to emerging biotechs.
Two years after Michael Yeadon and a close-knit group of Pfizer investigators managed to grab some of the pharma giant's anti-inflammatory assets on the way out the door at Sandwich, they've drummed up a $33 million B round for their biotech from some U.S. and European investors. And now they're set to launch a midstage clinical program to help determine the value of what they took with them when launching Ziarco.
Biotech investing is sizzling right now, and despite all the attention that the Boston hub gets, the Bay Area is still number one.
Arch Venture Partners has joined a lineup of top venture groups which has been making hay while the market sun shines on biotech IPOs. The VC has marshaled more than $400 million for its new investment fund--its eighth--that will now be available to back a new wave of cutting-edge life science companies, often starting from scratch.
Well-funded biotech Dermira has landed a $51 million C round to support its late-stage dermatology pipeline, rallying some high-profile investors as it dials up R&D spending and builds out its management team.
Well-heeled venture capital firm Venrock has pieced together a 7th fund, banking $450 million in new investments as it sets out to grow its portfolio of promising startups.
Sofinnova Ventures has evolved rapidly over the past decade to suit the times, from a diversified early stage biotech and IT investor to focusing solely on later stage biotech. And LPs seem to think it is making all the right moves; it has closed a ninth fund at $500 million, the hard cap for the fund that was initially targeting $425 million.
With investors revved up about biotech's future, a string of funds have outlined plans to raise billions of dollars to back a new generation of life science companies. And New Science Ventures is joining the frenzy with a $100 million game plan of its own.