BEIJING – Chengdu-based Sichuan Clover Biopharmaceuticals Inc. closed a series B financing round to inject another $43 million into its drug development and manufacturing operations, with a focus on biologic candidate SCB-313, developed with its Trimer-Tag technology platform.
BEIJING – EOC Pharmaceutical Group, of Shanghai, completed a series C financing round, bagging $71 million to advance its lead programs EOC-103 and EOC-315 for breast and gastric cancers. The round was led by Hangzhou Tigermed Consulting Co. Ltd. and its affiliated funds, TF Capital and Yingke PE. Hanne Capital and Everest Venture Capital also participated in the round. In 2017, EOC raised $32 million in a series B round. All funding participants are China-based.
PERTH, Australia – On the heels of positive phase IIb data, Opthea Ltd. announced a private placement of AU$50 million (US$33.87 million) from institutional investors in Australia and the U.K. to advance lead candidate OPT-302 to phase III trials in wet AMD.
BEIJING Chinese clinical-stage cancer drug developer Tot Biopharm International Co. Ltd. went public on Hong Kong's stock exchange under the stock code of 1875 on Friday, raising HK$511.4 million (US$61.3 million) by issuing shares at HK$6.55 apiece. But its debut met with an unexpected setback, with share prices down nearly 7% in mid-morning. Prior to the listing, the company said its shares were oversubscribed by around 11.95 times and it "was well received by the capital market."
BEIJING – Antibody developer Akeso Biopharma Inc., from China's Guangdong province, closed a $150 million series D financing round to advance its pipeline, especially the two PD-1-based bispecific antibodies, AK-104 and AK-112, aimed to help it stand out in the fierce PD-1 space in China. "A significant portion of the proceeds will go to AK-104 and AK-112, which are both first-in-class drug candidates," Akeso CEO Michelle Xia told BioWorld. This year is a big one for Akeso, as AK-104 and AK-112 received IND approvals from the FDA in March and July, respectively.
Brisbane-based Kira Biotech Pty Ltd. is poised to enter the clinic after raising AU$20 million (US$13.72 million) in series A funding to develop therapies targeting immune system disorders. The round was led by Oneventures, one of Australia's leading venture capital firms with more than AU$330 million in funds under management.