Mirobio Ltd. is poised to take two checkpoint agonists into the clinic in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, after closing a $97 million series B round. The most advanced program, MB-272, is an agonist of the B and T lymphocyte attenuator receptor that relays inhibitory signals to suppress the immune response. Mirobio says activating it has a “far reaching” regulatory effect, restoring self-tolerance across several major autoimmune diseases, including lupus.
Corvia Medical Inc. has closed $54 million in equity financing to support a confirmatory trial for its Interatrial Shunt Device, designed to reverse diastolic heart failure (HF), otherwise known as “preserved ejection fraction” (HFpEF), and which affects millions of Americans. This follows results of the largest randomized controlled trial of a device-based therapy published in February 2022, with a 45% reduction in HF events and a 55% greater improvement in patient quality of life.
Ceros Capital Markets and Peregrine Ventures evidently liked what they heard about Cordio Medical Ltd.’s Hearo voice app that can detect deterioration in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), leading them to invest $18 million in the company’s latest venture funding round.
Tessa Therapeutics Ltd. has a closed a $126 million series A financing round to advance its ongoing clinical development, which includes the initiation of a pivotal trial of autologous CD30-CAR-T therapy (TT-11) and advancement of allogeneic CD30.CAR EBVST therapy (TT-11X) programs.
A tightening of rules for biotech listings on the Shanghai STAR Market may have contributed to a visible cool-down in biotech IPOs, with fewer listings in Chinese stock markets in the first half of 2022.