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With IPO in mind, cancer player CytomX steps up with a $70M round

Six months after nailing down a $20 million series C led by Pfizer, a group of crossover investors have backed a $70 million follow-up round for South San Francisco-based CytomX, a cancer-focused biotech with next-gen antibody tech that is positioning itself as a player at the crossroads of two of the hottest fields in oncology R&D.

Upstart Kezar wrangles $23M to pick up where Onyx left off

South San Francisco startup Kezar Life Sciences is looking to follow through on some promising programs discovered at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, raising $23 million and securing Amgen's blessing as it targets autoimmune disease.

Avalon, GlaxoSmithKline launch 3 new biotechs with $30M commitment

San Diego-based Avalon Ventures has doubled up on its pipeline of programs being developed in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline. The venture group has launched three new companies, plucking new drug projects that range from cardiovascular disease, to cancer to a rare lysosomal storage disorder.

Unum hits the gas on next-gen CAR-T tech after banking $65M round

Hot on the heels of executing a $645 million deal to work with Seattle Genetics on a portfolio of antibody-coupled T-cell receptor programs, Cambridge, MA-based Unum Therapeutics has taken the wraps off a whopping $65 million crossover round aimed at fueling their drive into the clinic with their next-gen approach to CAR-T.

Targovax to merge with Oncos then IPO in push for immuno-oncology mainstream

Targovax is to merge with fellow Nordic biotech Oncos Therapeutics to create an immuno-oncology player with the critical mass to get noticed in the congested and fiercely fought field. The merged company will fuel the first-phase of its ambitions through a private placement, with an IPO in Oslo to follow within the next 12 months.

NEA joins Polaris in backing XTuit's cancer/fibrosis pipeline with $22M A round

After spending the last four years germinating an idea for a new biotech company with some top scientists, the partners at Polaris have allied with New Enterprise Associates and a trio of biotech investors to launch XTuit, jumping out of stealth mode with a $22 million A round and a new take on fighting cancer and liver disease.

Pieris files for $35M IPO in upgrade to Nasdaq

Pieris Pharmaceuticals has filed to step up to Nasdaq from OTCQB and add $35 million (€31 million) to its bank balance in the process. The listing would end Pieris' short stay on OTCQB, which began when it acquired Marika in a reverse merger late last year and allowed it to raise $13.5 million in a private placement from investors including OrbiMed Advisors.

Cosmo moves to spin out clinical-phase dermatology assets in Swiss IPO

Cosmo Pharmaceuticals is pushing ahead with plans to spin out its dermatology assets and list the resulting company on the SIX Swiss Exchange. To get the project underway, Cosmo and its shareholders have clubbed together for a €49.9 million ($56.5 million) capital increase, giving the spinout the cash it needs to wrap up a Phase III trial of its lead candidate.

Biotie upsizes IPO as ex-partner UCB decides to cash out

Biotie Therapies has become the latest European biotech to ratchet up its Nasdaq IPO plans after gauging interest in the offering. But proceeds for the CNS specialist are due to stay at the same level, with the 12% rise in the overall haul coming from UCB's decision to sell its stake for around $7.7 million (€6.8 million).

Melinta grabs $67M in pursuit of a big PhIII antibiotics finish, NDA

A few months after raising $357 million to back their new biotech investment group, the ex-Elan team at Malin has helped place a $67 million bet on Melinta Therapeutics, a late-stage antibiotics developer now taking a second stab at a pivotal Phase III study of their lead program.