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.
River Vision Development has wrapped up a $17 million first-round financing for a therapy that combats an illness that causes loss of vision and eyes to bulge from the socket. The lead backers include GlaxoSmithKline's venture unit SR One and Lundbeckfond Ventures.
Bucking weak investor interest in the life sciences, Paris-based Sofinnova--a longtime player in biotech venture circles--has put together a $312 million fund that will be entirely dedicated to the life sciences.
The Cambridge, MA-based biotech's CEO tells FierceBiotech that the company has topped up its accounts with $13 million in fresh venture cash from its consortium of A-list backers. Read more >>
Instead of taking assets to proof-of-concept in a fast march through the clinic and then striking deals for their programs, as originally planned, Flexion's top execs have seized on the success of their clinical-stage osteoarthritis drugs and plan to stay focused on their pipeline--pursuing late-stage work, perhaps all the way through Phase III.
Even a casual observer of the biotech industry would know that Cambridge, MA, has seen a booming biotech sector fueled with a steady stream of venture deals. And in a year when venture deals and dollars have been considerably constricted overall, the Cambridge hub has continued to hum with VC activity.
Pearl Therapeutics has grabbed a hefty $65 million venture round, enough to bankroll the launch of a key late-stage COPD drug program that--one way or another--will prove transformational for the biotech.
Just a few months after MEI Pharma ($MEIP) in-licensed a lead cancer program from S*Bio in Singapore, the drug developer put together $27.5 million in private financing to fuel an effort to push the HDAC inhibitor through a key mid-stage study. A pair of venture groups--Vivo Ventures and New Leaf Venture Partners--joined RA Capital Management and Three Arch Opportunity Fund in the raise.
The life sciences industry gained a blast of good news on the venture front today. The National Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers outlined a buoyant set of numbers for the...