LONDON – Ionctura SA has closed a €15 million (US$16.6 million) series A to fund phase I development of its lead cancer program, IOA-244, and prepare a second product, IOA-289, for clinical development.
It was a trifecta to remember for Neurotrope Inc. on Wednesday as the company cast revealing light on a seemingly failed clinical program involving its lead candidate, had the NIH offer a grant to create a phase II trial to explore the program’s strengths, and then found institutional investors and individuals to pony up an $18 million registered direct offering for the company’s securities. It was a re-examination of data that resurrected Neurotrope’s hopes for its lead candidate months after a confirmatory phase II of bryostatin-1 failed to outperform a placebo in people with moderately severe to severe Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the absence of Namenda (memantine, Allergan plc), an NMDA receptor antagonist.
PDC*Line Pharma SA raised €13.9 million (US$15.4 million) in a series B round plus another €6.1 million in loans and grants from the Walloon region of Belgium to take its allogeneic cell-based cancer immunotherapy, PDC*lung-01, into a phase I/II trial in patients with metastatic lung cancer.
Iterum Therapeutics plc found a lifeline in the securities purchase agreement it made with an investors group for a $51.9 million private placement. The company plans to use that money to develop sulopenem, a penem anti-infective compound with oral and I.V. formulations.
Shanghai-based I-Mab Biopharma Co. Ltd. became the first IPO out of the gate this year, pricing its IPO of about 7.4 million American depositary shares (ADSs) – each 10 representing 23 ordinary shares of the company, par value $0.0001 per share – at $14 each, within the planned range of $12 at the low end and $15 at the high. But the stock’s performance might not have been all investors hoped, as shares (NASDAQ:IMAB) closed at $12.50 Jan. 17.