Joint Polish Investment Fund Management is claiming a first. The Warsaw, Poland-based group has reportedly become the country's first institutional venture capital fund dedicated to life sciences after it held the initial closing of its $42 million (€38 million) investment vehicle.
EP Vantage's Amy Brown joins FierceBiotech Radio to talk about her retrospective look at a big year for biotech and peek ahead at what might be in store for 2015.
Cambridge, MA, biotech Semma Therapeutics is developing a stem cell technology that could help diabetics return to producing their own insulin, and the nascent company picked up $44 million and a handshake with Novartis to get rolling.
Austin, Texas, biotech Aeglea Biotherapeutics raised $44 million in Series B cash to bankroll its enzyme-replacement therapy for a rare metabolic disorder, with Eli Lilly and Novartis leading the round.
The United Kingdom is to change the laws governing startup investment vehicles known as Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) but has opted against some of the dramatic alterations previously mooted. VCTs will still face new restrictions on the companies to which they can provide private equity cash, though.
Nimbus Therapeutics is ready to see how the compounds it discovered with the help of Schrödinger's computational chemistry tools fare in the clinic. And the VC units of Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer want to find out, too, prompting each to chip in to Nimbus' $43 million Series B round.
After years of careful preclinical foundation work, Nimbus Therapeutics has added another marquee name to its Big Pharma-heavy list of backers and put together a $43 million B round that will put its computer-driven drug design technology to the clinical test in one of the hottest fields in biotech.
Food allergy upstart Allergen Research Corporation raised an $80 million B round to get its lead candidate into late-stage development, pushing ahead with a treatment for peanut allergies.
Malvern, PA-based PhaseBio rounded up $40 million in Series C money to pursue its R&D dreams in the diabetes arena, bringing in pharma giant AstraZeneca as a backer in the process.
Canton, MA's Collegium Pharmaceutical put together a $50 million D round to ferry its abuse-discouraging opioid drug onto the market.