Heartseed Inc. raised ¥2 billion (US$14.3 million) in a series D round to continue the phase I/II Lapis trial of its allogeneic induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes for heart failure. The lead asset, HS-001, is an investigational cell therapy consisting of clusters of purified heart muscle cells (cardiomyocyte spheroids) derived from iPSCs that are designed to restore heart muscle and function in patients with advanced heart failure.
Benchsci (Scinapsis Analytics Inc.), has announced a CAD$95 million (US$70 million) series D funding round. The funds will be used to expand the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) drug discovery platform, Ascend by Benchsci, which enables scientists to discover biological connections, reduce trial and error experimentation, and uncover risks early.
In its bid to become, as Chairman and CEO David Hallal said, the “world’s most indispensable cell and gene therapy technology company,” Elevatebio LLC disclosed a $401 million series D round with support from new and existing investors. At the same time, the company’s Life Edit Therapeutics Inc. affiliate inked a potential billion-dollar collaboration focused on gene editing therapies.