LONDON – Iksuda Therapeutics Ltd. sealed its transition from technology licensing company to antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) development specialist, closing a $47 million series A financing to move the lead program, IKS-03, into the clinic.
Stemirna Therapeutics Co. Ltd., which specializes in mRNA technology, said it raised nearly $200 million to speed up the clinical study of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, SW-0123. It is in phase I study in China and preclinical data have been published in Nature.
Although 2020 is the highest money-making year on record for the biopharma industry, a direct comparison of the first five months indicates that the amount raised so far in 2021 is 22% ahead of last year, while the number of financings climbed 26%.
Stablix Therapeutics Inc. has raised $63 million in series A funding to pioneer a novel class of small-molecule drugs, designed to selectively stabilize proteins that would otherwise undergo degradation in the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS). It represents what its founding investors consider the first company focused on inhibiting the UPS in a target-specific fashion.
Borrowing a chapter from venture capitalists, the U.S.’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) is partnering with the nonprofit Global Health Investment Corp. (GHIC) to accelerate the development and commercialization of medical technologies and products needed to respond to or prevent future pandemics and other public health emergencies.