Clarus Ventures announced this morning that it had raised $500 million for its third biotech fund, Clarus III, easily beating its goal of $375 million. That money will now be devoted to new investments ranging from $15 million to $50 million for companies focused on breakthrough--or at least best-in-class--drugs or new R&D risk-sharing projects with biotechs and pharmas.
Atlanta-headquartered biotech Celtaxsys raised $45 million in Series D cash, plotting to kick off a Phase II study for its lead drug, an anti-inflammatory treatment for cystic fibrosis.
Atlas Venture's antibiotics upstart Spero Therapeutics has rounded up a $30 million B round, banking enough cash to steer its in-house pipeline to the clinic with some in-licensed technology while shepherding its Roche-partnered program through an IND.
It seems not a month goes by without billionaire entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong striking a deal to expand his sprawling family of cancer-focused startups. This time, the recently launched NantCell has raised $75 million in equity, pressing forward in immuno-oncology with some in-licensed treatments.
Biotech investor SV Life Sciences is out raising a 6th fund, looking for $400 million as it gears up for another round of bets on startups.
Mapi Pharma has closed a $10 million (€9 million) Series A round to finance mid-phase trials of its once-a-month version of Teva's blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug, Copaxone. The round follows two aborted attempts to raise cash in a Nasdaq IPO.
Cambridge, MA-based Pronutria, a graduate of Flagship's VentureLabs that recently attracted some high-profile R&D talent, has put the finishing touches to a $39 million C round designed to advance a pipeline of therapeutic-strength amino acid drugs in the clinic.
After getting started 9 years ago with backing from angel investors, Calimmune just landed a $15 million B round, positioning the biotech to move into the clinic with a gene therapy designed to durably stymie the lethal HIV with one treatment.
Boston-based PureTech, an investment group which is better known for its high-profile board than its portfolio of upstart life sciences companies, has landed in the U.K. with a plan to raise $160 million on the London stock market.
Abivax has filed the paperwork for an IPO in Paris. The listing is intended to give Abivax the cash to fund mid- to late-phase trials of its two lead candidates, a therapeutic vaccine against hepatitis B and a small-molecule inhibitor of HIV replication.