Nancy Stagliano has a very clear idea of how to plot a course for True North. Eighteen months ago the biotech CEO raised $30 million for iPierian and split its assets with the newborn True North Therapeutics. Seven months later Bristol-Myers Squibb snapped up a reorganized iPierian in a $725 million deal. Then in swift succession Stagliano raised new funds, beefed up her staff with a key hire and is now banking $35 million in a fresh venture round that will take True North into the clinic with its lead therapy for rare diseases while positioning its follow-up program for human studies.
High-profile U.K. investor Neil Woodford is putting more chips on the controversial Northwest Biotherapeutics, betting another $40 million on the company as it works through Phase III with a cancer vaccine.
Pharma heavyweight Novartis has stepped in to help bankroll Berkeley, CA-based Caribou Biosciences, one of the upstart leaders in the race to develop the cutting-edge CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology.
New York City's nascent biotech investment fund is ready to get rolling, recruiting some venture capital partners to join Eli Lilly, Celgene and GE Ventures with hopes of pouring $150 million into the local life sciences startup scene.
A big venture round led by Sofinnova Ventures and backed by a lengthy string of biotech stalwarts and public investment firms is bound to get tongues wagging again about a possible IPO in the near future for San Diego-based aTyr.
Durham, NC's Novan Therapeutics raised $50 million to bankroll a new treatment for acne, persuading the high-profile European investor Malin to buy into the idea.
Biotech VC stalwart Flagship Ventures put together a $537 million new fund, its largest ever, with eyes on a new generation of life sciences upstarts.
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.