Medicenna Therapeutics Corp., of Toronto, a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, said it filed a short form prospectus, which has been received by the regulatory authorities in each of the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, in connection with the marketed offering of units.
Australian digital medication management company Medadvisor Ltd. raised AU$17 million (US$11.4 million) via an oversubscribed placement in which U.S. health care solution provider HMS Holdings Corp. was a cornerstone investor, putting up $11 million and becoming the firm's largest shareholder with a 13% stake in the digital health company.
HONG KONG – Upin & Co. Ltd., a fund and asset management company headquartered in London, plans to invest a total of KRW2 trillion (US$1.7 billion) over three years in the South Korean biopharma industry. The U.K. company will use a European fund and human resources network to organize the K-Bio Medical Development Fund (KBMDF), which will include funds of KRW300 billion for the first round, KRW700 billion for the second, and KRW1 trillion for the third round.
Nicox SA, of Sophia Antipolis, France, which is developing a nitric oxide-donating platform, said it amended its bond financing agreement with Kreos Capital and has drawn down an additional €4 million (US$4.4 million) of debt under the bond financing.
Houston-based startup Braincheck Inc. scooped up $8 million in series A funding in a round led by S3 Ventures and Tensility Venture Partners, along with True Wealth Ventures and Nueterra Capital. Braincheck launched its digital cognitive assessment tool in 2015 and a cognitive care planning solution in 2018, and now the company is looking to broaden its footprint with physician practices, hospitals and health systems. Proceeds from the financing will help to build the company's sales and marketing and clinical development teams in Houston, as well as production development staff in Austin.
Cygnal Therapeutics Inc., a Cambridge, Mass.-based startup devoted to developing new cancer and immunotherapy drugs, has raised $65 million from Flagship Pioneering to advance research in a field it is calling "exoneural biology" in an effort to deliver relief via the peripheral nervous system. The company is led by Pearl Huang, a veteran of Roche Holding AG and Glaxosmithkline plc. Calling exoneural biology "a new way to look at something that has always been there," she said Cygnal's platform has uncovered "new drivers of disease that are both profound and actionable."
In the third quarter, global biopharmaceutical companies collectively raised more than $12 billion from public and private transactions. Year to date (YTD), the sector has generated $41.5 billion, according to BioWorld data, putting it on track for a $55 billion haul for the year.
Heading into the final quarter, the sector's leading biopharmaceutical companies once again underperformed the general market in September. Overall, the third quarter was extremely lackluster with investors showing little interest in getting involved, a situation that is likely to prevail until the end of the year. Companies will need to release strong 3Q financial reports just to tread water in the coming months.
At just under $30 billion raised through the third quarter, company financings have reached a three-year high in the ever-burgeoning industry of medical technology. The amount, according to data collected by BioWorld MedTech, compares with $25.76 billion for all of 2018, and $19.4 billion for all of 2017, indicating an increase of 15% and 53%, respectively.