AnaptysBio completes $40M Series D; Piqur raises $19M to back cancer drug R&D;

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> San Diego-based AnaptysBio wrapped an oversubscribed $40M Series D financing round. Participants include BVF Partners L.P., BioMed Ventures, Cormorant Asset Management, Frazier Healthcare, HBM Healthcare Investments, Longwood Capital Partners, Novo A/S and additional undisclosed investors. The cash will fuel work on AnaptysBio's anti-IL-33 and anti-IL-36 receptor antibody programs through Phase II. "The proceeds of this financing provide AnaptysBio with the financial strength to potentially demonstrate efficacy of our anti-IL-33 program in severe adult asthma and peanut allergy patients, while also advancing our anti-IL-36 receptor program to proof-of-concept in generalized pustular psoriasis," said CEO Hamza Suria. Release

> Switzerland's Piqur Therapeutics just raised $19 million for its cancer drug R&D specializing in PI3K and mTOR inhibition. The biotech has raised a total of $60 million and is pushing its lead therapy, PQR309, through mid-stage tests. Versant Ventures joined a syndicate behind the A2 round. Release

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