Biotech Venture Capital
Closing in on the selection of its lead cancer program, San Francisco-based Cleave Biosciences has welcomed the deep-pocketed player New Enterprise Associates to its list of venture backers and topped up its Series A with a $10 million investment in its early-stage drug research work.
Third Rock Ventures has established its third biotech fund in 6 years, bringing in a haul of $516 million for one of the most active groups of early-stage biotech investors in the world. The new fund, which brings the total it's raised to a whopping $1.3 billion-plus, will be used to launch another 16 or so drug developers.
We've seen plenty of acrimony from the biotech communities in the U.S. and Europe over the insufficient venture capital dollars for young drug developers. Read more >>
Talk about bad timing. Just days after San Diego-based Ambit Biosciences stepped up to confidently announce its second try at an IPO, its partner Astellas unceremoniously dumped its $390 million partnership on a portfolio that includes the biotech's lead development program.
Miami-based Brickell Biotech grabbed $7 million in a new venture round led by a South Korean cosmetics company to back its work on new chemical entities for dermatology.
Just about every biotech investor out there has been looking for just the right recipe of money, time and multiples to justify the high risk involved in betting on drug development. The decade-long cycle in search of a 10x or better return is in distinct disfavor now, with investors looking for tighter timelines and better odds in exchange for smaller but more predictable payoffs.
Third Rock Ventures is committing $47 million to launch a startup biotech focused on cancer immunotherapeutics, one of the hottest fields in drug R&D today.
Following a well-defined trail of venture groups into late-stage investing, San Francisco-based Foresite Capital Management says it has wrapped a $100 million fund that will be heavily focused on the most disruptive and most promising late-stage technology it can find in biotech, genomics and diagnostics, among other healthcare fields.
The startup biotech Blend Therapeutics rang in 2012 with seed cash and will now close out the year with a fresh injection of $16 million in B-round bucks budgeted to take this startup--one of the latest from the prolific scientist Robert Langer--right to the threshold of clinical development.
The venture players at Apple Tree Partners have in-licensed a late-stage opioid addiction therapy from Titan Pharmaceuticals in a $305 million deal that's short on upfront cash and long on a new strategy to build up a portfolio of life sciences companies with the help of a pair of industry veterans.