Newco Teitur Trophics ApS has raised €28 million (US$30.1 million) in a series A with which it will lay out a new route to targeting sortilin in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. The company is targeting the sortilin-related Vps10p domain containing receptor, which plays a role in regulating a number of pathways involved in the control of neuronal viability and function.
Rapport Therapeutics Inc. launched with $100 million in series A funding and ambitious plans to bring a hitherto unprecedented level of precision to therapies for neurological disease. Although the Boston-based company is new to the world, its underlying platform has been a decade in the making, and it already has one clinical-stage asset, which is in development for seizure disorders. It is currently undergoing a phase I trial.
Immorna Biotechnology Co. Ltd. raised nearly $100 million in series A+ and A++ financing rounds to speed up the clinical development and commercialization of its RNA-based therapeutics. Founded in 2019, Immorna develops therapeutics and vaccines based on its RNA platforms, including conventional, self-replicating and circular RNA.
With a $200 million oversubscribed and upsized series A round completed, Cargo Therapeutics Inc. will advance its autologous CD22 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, CRG-022, which has breakthrough therapy designation in the U.S. “The proceeds are critical for us,” said Gina Chapman, CEO of San Mateo, Calif.-based Cargo. “We will demonstrate manufacturability this year and kick off the pivotal phase II.”
Armed with $193 million in combined series A and B rounds, Aera Therapeutics aims to address current challenges with delivering gene-based therapies via a self-assembling human-derived protein platform it has in-licensed from a well-known Harvard scientist’s lab.
Transcend Therapeutics Inc. has closed on a series A funding of $40 million for its next-generation compound, methylone, an MDMA analogue, to be developed as a rapid-acting, disease-modifying, non-hallucinogenic treatment for neuropsychiatric conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
Maxion Therapeutics Ltd. has raised $16 million in a series A to take forward a new method for drugging G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) and ion channels with antibodies. The technology brings together naturally occurring knottin peptides that are derived from sources such as snake venom and which can engage GPCRs and ion channels, with antibodies that deliver them to these notoriously difficult, shape-shifting targets.
A preclinical data presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium later this week has prompted Halda Therapeutics Inc. to emerge from stealth and unveil its novel Riptac (Regulated Induced Proximity Targeting Chimera) platform for creating heterobifunctional small molecules designed to kill cancer cells selectively. The New Haven, Conn.-based company has been quietly refining the technology since its formation in 2019 and has already secured $76 million in series A and B rounds.
Aethon Therapeutics Inc. closed a $30 million series A round to develop a novel antibody-based therapeutic strategy for cancer, which relies on the concomitant use of small-molecule covalent inhibitors that form peptide-drug conjugates or beacons.