Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC) has closed its oversubscribed Fund II at £225 million (US$287 million) and is moving from its previous model of open-ended investing to a traditional fixed-term venture capital fund. The money will be dedicated to spinouts from Cambridge University, with CIC investing in series A rounds, but also following on as companies mature and their capital requirements increase.
The release by the U.S. CMS of the final national coverage determination (NCD) for Biogen Inc.’s Alzheimer disease (AD) drug, Aduhelm (aducanumab), lit speculation on the meaning for others in the space. CMS is “still being conservative,” said Howard Fillit, co-founder and chief science officer of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF). “We’re in a new era. It’s unprecedented that Medicare doesn’t pay for a drug that received approval from the FDA,” even though it was not a full but an accelerated clearance.
A team of researchers at the National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan has created monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) that can neutralize the secretory glycoprotein chitinase-3-like-1 (CHI3L1) to stop cancer growth.
A French study has demonstrated that the novel agonist anti-human ChemR23 monoclonal antibody (MAb) designated OSE-230 accelerated recovery from acute inflammation and triggered resolution of chronic inflammation in mice chronic colitis models, preventing fibrosis and reducing tumor development.
LONDON – C4X Discovery Holdings plc has out-licensed its preclinical oral interleukin-17 (IL-17) inhibitor to Sanofi SA in a potential €414 million (US$493.4 million) deal. Under the terms of the agreement, Sanofi is paying €7 million up front and a further €11 in short-term preclinical milestones, with the balance to follow on reaching development, regulatory and commercialization milestones.
Another monoclonal antibody therapy has entered the pandemic fray with the FDA granting emergency use authorization (EUA) for bamlanivimab (LY-CoV555) 700 mg and etesevimab (JS016 or LY-CoV016) 1,400 mg as a cocktail for treating mild to moderate COVID-19 in patients aged 12 and up at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.
Antibody development for treating COVID-19 continues producing positive results, the latest being from Eli Lilly and Co.’s bamlanivimab (LY-CoV-555), which reduced nursing home residents’ risk of contracting symptomatic COVID-19 by 80%, according to new data from its phase III Blaze-2 study.
A nearly $2 billion global development and commercialization deal with Abbvie Inc. and a $418 million private placement have bolstered I-Mab Biopharma Co. Ltd.’s position globally. I-Mab framed the deal as being the largest out-licensing and global partnership transaction ever executed by a China-based biotech. Abbvie and I-Mab plan to develop and commercialize the anti-CD47 monoclonal antibody lemzoparlimab for treating multiple cancers globally, with the exception of China. Lemzoparlimab, also called TJC-4, is Shanghai-based I-Mab’s discovery and its lead cancer therapy. The company will get an up-front $180 million by licensing the highly differentiated antibody to Abbvie, along with a $20 million milestone payment based on phase I results.
A nearly $2 billion global development and commercialization deal with Abbvie Inc. and a $418 million private placement have bolstered I-Mab Biopharma Co. Ltd.’s position globally. I-Mab framed the deal as being the largest out-licensing and global partnership transaction ever executed by a China-based biotech.
HONG KONG – U.S., China and the Netherlands-based Harbour Biomed Therapeutics Ltd. has teamed up with Mount Sinai Health System, New York City's largest academic medical system, to develop novel biotherapies in oncology and immunology. The two parties will also be using Harbour’s H2L2 Harbour Mice platform to develop a monoclonal antibody (MAb) against the coronavirus that has turned into a global epidemic.