Welcome to the latest edition of our weekly EuroBiotech Report. We start this week with Crescendo Biologics, which raised $70 million (€57 million) to progress an anti-cancer bispecific T-cell engager into human testing. Elsewhere in the U.K., Abcam had a £270 million takeover bid turned down by fellow Cambridge-based firm Horizon Discovery. The FDA blocked the start of Compugen’s phase 1 cancer trial. Iterum filed for a $92 million IPO to fund late-phase trials of an ex-Pfizer antibiotic, and more.
Crescendo Biologics has raised $70 million (€57 million) to take its lead bispecific T-cell engager into the clinic. The financing equips Crescendo to show whether its vision for dialing up T-cell activity in the tumor microenvironment translates into humans.
Horizon Discovery has rejected a £270 million ($367 million) takeover bid from Abcam. The gene editing specialist issued a strongly worded rebuttal of the offer after Abcam went public with its plan, calling the bid “highly opportunistic” and repudiating the strategic rationale for the merger.
The FDA has temporarily blocked Compugen’s plans to start a phase 1 trial of PVRIG-targeting cancer drug COM701. Officials caused the delay by demanding to see additional CMC information before signing off on the study.
Iterum Therapeutics filed to raise $92 million in an IPO that will support the phase 3 clinical trials of oral and intravenous versions of the antibiotic sulopenem.