EuroBiotech Report: Woodford’s loss, BioInvent’s major failure, Pulmagen wants a partner, Amcure’s raise, and Bayer/Versant launch upstart

There was some good news for Pulmagen and Amcure, but investor Neil Woodford and BioInvent have had a week to forget

Welcome to the latest edition of our weekly EuroBiotech Report. This week we saw the halo slip a little further from British investor Neil Woodford as he signalled a backing away from his investments in controversial biotech NW Bio after taking a bath on the company. BioInvent hit major trouble after having to can its leading phase 2 myeloma med a month after the FDA told it to stop dosing patients. British biotech Pulmagen had more luck in its midstage asthma test, but now wants a partner for phase 3. Just two months after treating its first patient, German KIT spinout Amcure has raised €6 million in a Series B for its cancer candidate AMC303. Bayer and investor Versant have joined forces to launch a new stem cell biotech with a beefy $225 million Series A.

1. After Woodford takes a bath on NW Bio, British investor decides to towel off

Neil Woodford, who has seen his light dim in 2016 as a “star fund manager”, signalled in a brief update with The Times that he was to stop investing in the moribund biotech NW Bio after seeing his original investment decimated.

Virtual Roundtable

ESMO Post Show: Highlights From the Virtual Conference

Cancer experts and pharma execs will break down the headline-making data from ESMO, sharing their insights and analysis around the conference’s most closely watched studies. This discussion will examine how groundbreaking research unveiled over the weekend will change clinical practice and prime drugs for key new indications, and panelists will fill you in on the need-to-know takeaways from oncology’s hottest fields.

2. BioInvent back to drawing board as it pulls trial of lead drug for myeloma

Swedish biotech BioInvent's worst fears have been realized after it was forced to terminate a trial of its lead drug—multiple myeloma therapy BI-505.

3. Pulmagen med passes phase 2 asthma test, seeks partner for late-stage trials

U.K.-based biotech Pulmagen says its oral CRTh2 antagonist has posted positive results for its respiratory drug in a midstage trial.

4. Amcure raises €6M in Series B, takes on Roche alumnus as new board member

German oncology biotech Amcure has secured a €6 million pot for its second formal round of funding as it looks to speed up the development of its leading candidate, AMC303.

5. Bayer, Versant join forces on $225M Series A for stem cell upstart

In one of the biggest Series A funding rounds ever recorded for a biotech, Germany’s Bayer and Versant Ventures have stumped up $225 million for the launch of BlueRock Therapeutics.

More articles of note>>

Suggested Articles

J&J's EGFR-fighting combo stopped tumor growth in 60% of patients whose lung cancer got worse after taking AstraZeneca's Tagrisso.

Amgen's KRAS inhibitor curbed tumor growth in 88% of patients with non-small cell lung cancer, shrinking tumors in one-third of them.

The trial squeezed under the bar for statistical significance by improving on the median progression-free survival of Zytiga by two months.