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24/11/2016

Support from Financial and Strategic Investors Will Advance
Product Development and Commercialization Efforts

Fremont, Calif.— November 22, 2016 — Shockwave Medical, a pioneer in the treatment of calcified cardiovascular disease, today announced the closing of $45 million in Series C financing led by Sectoral Asset Management, with participation from mutual funds advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. and returning investors including Sofinnova Partners, Venrock, RA Capital, Deerfield, Ally Bridge Group and others.

Proceeds from the financing will be used to advance development of the company’s Lithoplasty® balloon catheter platform into new therapeutic areas and to expand commercialization of the technology for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease in both the United States and the European Union. The company’s near-term plans also include further study of Peripheral Lithoplasty devices in conjunction with drug coated balloons in a 300+ patient randomized controlled study called DISRUPT PAD III.

“When you consider the treatment challenges created by calcified lesions, it is clear there is a large market opportunity for Lithoplasty. The strong clinical results generated using a device built on a balloon-based platform offer a unique and compelling alternative to currently available therapies,” said Michael Sjöström, co-founder and Chief Investment Officer, Sectoral Asset Management and lead investor of this funding. “We look forward to supporting the management team as they take the company, and technology, to the next level.”

“We are very pleased to have Sectoral lead this financing with returning participation from our high quality investor base,” said Shockwave Medical CEO and co-founder Daniel Hawkins. “Lithoplasty is poised to be a paradigm-changing technology for the treatment of advanced cardiovascular disease. This financing will enable the company to continue taking the steps necessary to ensure the technology reaches its fullpotential.”

Shockwave Medical recently achieved of a series of important milestones including:
– FDA clearance of the company’s Lithoplasty System for lithotripsy-enhanced balloon dilation of lesions, including calcified lesions, in the peripheral vasculature, including the iliac, femoral, ilio-femoral, popliteal, infra-popliteal and renal arteries.
– Announcement of the upcoming DISRUPT PAD III study, the largest ever multicenter randomized study designed to exclusively enroll patients with calcified peripheral artery disease (PAD). The study will provide physicians foundational Level I evidence to guide therapy in this difficult-to-treat patient cohort.
– Presentation of positive results from the first study of Lithoplasty technology in the treatment of patients with calcified coronary artery disease.
“Shockwave is on a very successful trajectory to address the growing burden of calcium in cardiovascular disease using Lithoplasty,” said Antoine Papiernik, managing partner of Sofinnova Partners. “We are very pleased to add our continued support to that provided by a very strong investment syndicate. Collectively, this investor base offers the breadth of resources and depth of commitment needed to support the company’s vision of changing the treatment of advanced cardiovascular disease.”

About Shockwave Medical’s Lithoplasty® System
The Shockwave Medical Lithoplasty System is the first-ever device designed to selectively target hardened calcium in patients with cardiovascular disease. The system integrates the calcium-disrupting power of lithotripsy with the familiarity and simplicity of a balloon angioplasty. Built on a deliverable balloon catheter platform, the device emits intermittent sound waves (lithotripsy) that target and disrupt calcified plaques, which then require only a low-pressure balloon inflation to dilate the blockage and restore blood flow. The result is an effective and consistent revascularization of calcified lesions while minimizing complications.
The Peripheral Lithoplasty System is commercially available in the European Union and the United States for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. To view an animation of the Lithoplasty System visit: http://shockwavemedical.com.

About Shockwave Medical
Shockwave Medical, based in Fremont, Calif., is working to reshape interventional therapy with Lithoplasty® Technology for the treatment of calcified peripheral vascular, coronary vascular and heart valve disease. For more information, visit www.shockwavemedical.com.

Media Contact:
Jessica Volchok
ir@shockwavemedical.com
310 849-7985

 

14/11/2016

LEIDEN, the Netherlands, Nov. 14, 2016 – ProQR Therapeutics N.V. (Nasdaq:PRQR), a company dedicated to changing lives through the creation of transformative RNA medicines for the treatment of severe orphan diseases such as cystic fibrosis (CF) and Leber’s congenital amaurosis Type 10 (LCA10), today announced results for the third quarter of 2016.
“This quarter we completed our QR-010 nasal potential difference study and in October, we reported positive results from this study in homozygous ∆F508 patients. The outcomes were both statistically significant and clinically meaningful, marking an important step for about half of the global CF population.” said Daniel de Boer, Chief Executive Officer of ProQR “I’m proud of the team that has designed and executed this study in the most rigorous way leading to robust clinical proof of concept in the early phase of our development program. I also want to thank the patients that participated, and the clinical investigators that supported this unique and important trial”.

Financial Highlights
At September 30, 2016, ProQR held cash and cash equivalents of €64.9 million, compared to €76.3 million at June 30, 2016. Net cash used in operating activities during the three month period ended September 30, 2016 was €10.8 million, compared to €6.3 million for the same period last year.
Research and development costs increased to €8.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 from €6.0 million for the same period last year and comprised of allocated employee costs including share-based payments, the costs of materials and laboratory consumables, outsourced activities for our clinical studies, license and intellectual property costs and other allocated costs. The increase in expenses was primarily due to the advancement of our pipeline, which included clinical development of QR-010 for CF, preparations for the start of the first clinical trial of QR-110 for LCA10, and preclinical development activities of QR-313 for epidermolysis bullosa.
General and administrative costs increased to €2.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 from €1.5 million for the same period last year, primarily due to increased investments in our facilities and our support organization.
Net result for the three month period ended September 30, 2016 was a €10.1 million loss or €0.43 per share, compared to a €6.3 million loss or €0.27 per share for the same period last year. For further financial information for the period ending September 30, 2016, please refer to the financial statements appearing at the end of this release.

Corporate Highlights
• In July 2016, QR-010 received a Fast Track designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Drugs that are under development for serious conditions and have the potential to fulfill an unmet medical need can receive this designation. It was established with the intention to bring promising drugs to patients sooner by facilitating the development with more frequent FDA interactions and expediting the review process.
• During the 12th Annual Meeting of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society (OTS) September 25 – 28, 2016 the company presented a poster titled: ‘QR-010 Restores CFTR Function in Models of ∆F508 mediated Cystic Fibrosis’. The poster summarized some of the exciting pre-clinical work published earlier and new data showing that repeated nebulization of QR-010 did not change the diffusion speed of QR-010 in in vitro models of CF-like mucus. The poster also featured new data showing that QR-010 was stable in the presence of clinically relevant levels of several CF standard-of-care therapies.
• During OTS, the company also presented a poster titled ‘QR-110 Treatment for Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis Type 10 due to the p.Cys998X Mutation in CEP290’. This data shows that QR-110 can restore CEP290 mRNA and protein levels in primary LCA10 compound heterozygous patient cells and homozygous optic cups in a dose dependent manner. Based on this data, and other extensive preclinical work, the company plans to start a first-in-human study in adult and pediatric subjects in the first half of 2017.
• This quarter, the company advanced QR-313 (previously named QRX-313) into pre-clinical development for the treatment of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB). QR-313 is an RNA oligonucleotide designed to induce the exclusion of a part of the COL7A1 RNA (exon skipping) that contains a disease causing mutation with the aim to restore functional collagen type VII (C7) protein and with that the anchoring fibrils that bind the layers of skin together. The clinical program for QR-313 is expected to start in 2018.

Subsequent events
• During the North American Cystic Fibrosis conference (NACFC) October 26 – 29, 2016 the company presented positive results from PQ-010-002, a proof-of-concept study demonstrating that QR-010 restores CFTR function in patients homozygous for ∆F508. CFTR is the protein channel that is defective in patients with CF, and presence or absence of function of CFTR can be measured with the nasal potential difference (NPD) assay. Following 4 weeks of topical therapy, QR-010 improved the CFTR-mediated total chloride response, a direct measure of CFTR function. QR-010 also restored other indicators of CFTR function. In subjects that were compound heterozygous for the ∆F508 mutation, no meaningful difference was measured. QR-010 was observed to be safe and well-tolerated in all subjects.
• During NACFC the company also announced that clinical study PQ-010-001 completed all four single-dose cohorts and blinded safety data from all cohorts was shared. PQ-010-001 is a placebo-controlled Phase 1b study in subjects with CF homozygous for ∆F508. QR-010 was observed to be safe and well-tolerated in all cohorts. The multiple dose cohorts in this study are ongoing and topline safety, tolerability and exploratory efficacy data from this study are expected in mid-2017.

About ProQR
ProQR Therapeutics is dedicated to changing lives through the creation of transformative RNA medicines for the treatment of severe orphan diseases such as cystic fibrosis and Leber’s congenital amaurosis. Based on our unique proprietary RNA repair platform technologies we are growing our pipeline with patients and loved ones in mind.
*Since 2012*

About QR-010
QR-010 is a first-in-class RNA-based oligonucleotide designed to address the underlying cause of the disease by targeting the mRNA in CF patients that have the ∆F508 mutation. The ∆F508 mutation is a deletion of three of the coding base pairs, or nucleotides, in the CFTR gene, which results in the production of a misfolded CFTR protein that does not function normally. QR-010 is designed to bind to the defective CFTR mRNA and to restore CFTR function. QR-010 is designed to be self-administered via an optimized eFlow® Nebulizer (PARI Pharma GmbH). eFlow® is a small, handheld aerosol delivery device which nebulizes QR-010 into a mist inhaled directly into the lungs. QR-010 has been granted orphan drug designation in the United States and the European Union and fast-track status by the FDA. The QR-010 project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 633545.

About QR-110
QR-110 is a first-in-class RNA-based oligonucleotide designed to address the underlying cause of Leber’s congenital amaurosis Type 10 due to the p.Cys998X mutation in the CEP290 gene. The p.Cys998X mutation is a substitution of one nucleotide in the pre-mRNA that leads to aberrant splicing of the mRNA and non-functional CEP290 protein. QR-110 is designed to restore wild-type CEP290 mRNA leading to the production of wild-type CEP290 protein by binding to the mutated location in the pre-mRNA causing normal splicing of the pre-mRNA. QR-110 is intended to be administered through intravitreal injections in the eye and has been granted orphan drug designation in the United States and the European Union.

About QR-313
QR-313 is a first-in-class RNA-based oligonucleotide designed to address the underlying cause of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB) due to mutations in exon 73 of the COL7A1 gene. Mutations in this exon can cause loss of functional collagen type VII (C7) protein. Absence of C7 results in the loss of anchoring fibrils that normally link the dermal and epidermal layers of the skin together. QR-313 is designed to exclude exon 73 from the mRNA (exon skipping) and produce truncated but functional C7 protein and thereby restores functionality of the anchoring fibrils.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, which are often indicated by terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “intend,” “look forward to”, “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information available to management only as of the date of this press release. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding QR-010, QR-110 and QR-313, and the clinical development and the therapeutic potential thereof, statements regarding our ongoing and planned discovery and development of product candidates and the timing thereof, including those in our innovation pipeline, statements regarding release of clinical data, and statements regarding the Horizon 2020 program. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements for many reasons, including, without limitation, risks associated with our clinical development activities, including that positive results observed in our prior and ongoing studies may not be replicated in later trials or guarantee approval of any product candidate by regulatory authorities, manufacturing processes and facilities, regulatory oversight, product commercialization, intellectual property claims, and the risks, uncertainties and other factors in our filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including certain sections of our annual report filed on Form 20-F. Given these risks, uncertainties and other factors, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future, except as required by law.

ProQR Therapeutics N.V.:
Smital Shah
Chief Financial Officer
T: +1 415 231 6431
ir@proqr.com

08/11/2016

Funding brings resources to conduct first-in-man study designed to transform LVAD therapy

PARIS, November 4th, 2016 – CorWave, a medical technology company that develops innovative mechanical circulatory support devices, has announced that it has completed a $17.1 million (€15.5M) Series B financing. Existing shareholders including Sofinnova Partners, Bpifrance and Seventure were joined by two new investors: Novo Seeds, which led the round, and Ysios Capital. Emmanuelle Coutanceau from Novo Seeds and Josep Lluis Sanfeliu from Ysios will join the CorWave board of directors as well as cardiovascular industry veteran Michel Darnaud, who will serve as an independent director.

CorWave was incorporated by MD Start, a European medtech incubator, in 2011 and raised a Series A in 2013. Gérard Hascoët, who led the incubation phase and now serves as chairman of CorWave, said: “Since day one we saw an unparalleled match between this unique technology invented in France and the unmet needs in the heart failure space. Medtech expertise, engineering and funding was required to bridge the gap.”

Heart failure is one of the leading causes of death globally. Heart transplant is the most effective treatment for end-stage heart failure but is reserved for a minority of patients. LVADs are mechanical pumps implanted below the native heart that can restore blood flow to normal levels and correct the main symptoms associated with heart failure. LVADs can give 10 years of additional life to patients but current technologies create a non-physiological flow and are associated with a high risk of serious adverse events. After two years of support, over 80% of patients will be affected by at least one debilitating complication caused by the pump itself, mainly stroke, bleeding and infection. CorWave has developed a disruptive pumping technology that mimics the native heart flow pattern and could overcome these limitations of rotary pump LVADs.

Louis de Lillers, CEO of CorWave, said: “Our R&D team led by Carl Botterbusch, an LVAD veteran, has done a fantastic job at de-risking CorWave’s technology. Clinicians and scientists in the field as well as our engineers are gathering increasing evidence indicating that our technology has the potential to improve dramatically the clinical outcomes of LVADs. With this funding in place, we now have the resources to prepare our pump for the first-in-man study and bring this paradigm-shifting technology into the hands of clinicians.”

Antoine Papiernik of Sofinnova Partners added: “We are excited to continue backing CorWave’s talented management team and are convinced that CorWave could be the next big thing in LVAD and, more broadly, chronic heart failure treatment.”

This fundraising has been closed despite increasing expectations from cardiac surgeons but only incremental innovations on massive investments from large medtech companies that have failed to improve significantly the clinical outcome of LVADs.

Emmanuelle Coutanceau from Novo Seeds said: “Our due diligences showed that CorWave is perfectly aligned with the expectations of cardiac surgeons and cardiologists alike. We are pleased to join CorWave in its effort to turn this vision into reality.”

Josep Lluis Sanfeliu of Ysios added: “The LVAD market has attracted medtech giants in past 18 months with the acquisition of Thoratec by St-Jude for $3.4 billion and HeartWare by Medtronic for $1.1 billion. It is to be one of the hottest sectors in medtech. With the potential to topple rotary pumps’ hegemony, CorWave has everything to become the next European medtech success story.”

About CorWave SA
CorWave develops innovative cardiac assist devices. The wave membrane technology is a unique and disruptive technology protected by seven patent families. It is stemming from over 10 years of research led by academic laboratories and AMS R&D. Mimicking cardiac pulsation and limiting blood damage, CorWave LVAD should reduce serious adverse events associated with currently available devices and therefore improve the quality of care of end stage heart failure patients, a market with multi-billion dollar potential. The company was founded in 2011 by Paris-based incubator MD Start and won the World Innovation Challenge in 2016. CorWave is funded by leading investors including Bpifrance, Novo, Medtronic, Seventure, Sofinnova Partners and Ysios. The company employs a team of 20 engineers and researchers in downtown Paris at the Pepiniere Paris Sante Cochin. More information on: www.corwave.com

About Novo A/S
Novo A/S is a private limited liability company wholly owned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The company is the holding company in the Novo Group and responsible for managing the Foundation’s assets. Besides being the major shareholder in the Novo Group companies, Novo A/S provides seed and venture capital to development-stage companies, takes significant ownership positions in well-established companies within the life sciences and manages a broad portfolio of financial assets. More information on: www.novo.dk

About Ysios Capital
Ysios Capital is a leading Spanish venture capital firm that provides private equity financing to early- and mid-stage human healthcare and life science companies with a special focus on pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical devices. Founded in 2008, Ysios Capital currently has over €200M ($220M) in assets under management, distributed over two funds. More information on: www.ysioscapital.com

About Bpifrance
Bpifrance, a subsidiary of the French state and the Caisse des Dépôts and the entrepreneurs’ trusted partner, finances businesses from the seed phase to IPO, through loans, guarantees and equity investments. Bpifrance also provides operational services and strong support for innovation, export, and external growth in partnership with Business France and Coface. Bpifrance offers businesses a large range of financing opportunities at each key step of their development, including offers adapted to regional specificities. With its 42 regional offices (90% of decisions are made locally) Bpifrance represents a strategic tool for economic competitiveness dedicated to entrepreneurs. Bpifrance acts as a back-up for initiatives driven by the French State and the Regions to tackle 3 goals: contribute to SME’s growth; prepare tomorrow’s competitiveness; contribute to the development of a positive entrepreneur ecosystem. With Bpifrance, businesses benefit from a powerful, efficient and close representative, to answer all their needs in terms of financing, innovation and investment. More information on: www.bpifrance.fr

About Seventure Partners
With over €600M in assets under management as of the end of 2015, Seventure Partners is a leading venture capital firm in Europe. Since 1997, Seventure Partners has invested in innovative businesses with high growth potential in digital technologies, in France and Germany, and in the Life Sciences field across Europe and North America. In Life Sciences, the main areas of focus include biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, connected health and medtech, industrial biotechnology, microbiome, nutrition, foodtech and personalized medicine. More information on: www.seventure.com

About Sofinnova Partners
Sofinnova Partners is a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences. Based in Paris, France, the firm brings together 12 highly experienced investment professionals from all over Europe, the US and China. The firm focuses on paradigm shifting technologies alongside visionary entrepreneurs. Sofinnova Partners seeks to invest as a founding and lead investor in start-ups and corporate spin-offs, and has backed nearly 500 companies over more than 40 years, creating market leaders around the globe. Today, Sofinnova Partners has over €1.5 billion under management. More information on: www.sofinnova.fr.

US Media Contact:
Ronald Trahan, APR, Ronald Trahan Associates Inc., 508-359-4005, x108, rtrahan@ronaldtrahan.com

Europe Media Contact: ComCorp
Adélaïde Manester, +33 1 58 18 32 44, +33 6 70 45 74 37, amanester@comcorp.fr
Anne Hardy, +33 1 58 18 32 51, +33 6 13 56 23 96, ahardy@comcorp.fr

CorWave SA Contact : Louis de Lillers, CEO, +33 1 80 49 19 30, contact@corwave.com

02/11/2016
12/10/2016

Bio-based furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) as main building block for the new polymer polyethylenefuranoate (PEF)

  • FDCA production plant with up to 50,000 tons capacity planned
  • PEF with multiple application opportunities like packaging, engineering plastics, coatings, and fibers
  • Starting point to build up world-leading positions in FDCA and PEF

Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Amsterdam, Netherlands – October 7, 2016 – BASF und Avantium, the renewable chemistry company, today announced the formation of a joint venture (JV) for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), which is produced from renewable resources, as well as the marketing of the new polymer polyethylenefuranoate (PEF) based on the new chemical building block FDCA.

The aim of the JV named Synvina with headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is to build up world-leading positions in FDCA and PEF. It is planned to invest a mid-three-digit million euro sum to build a reference plant with an annual capacity of up to 50,000 metric tons per year at BASF’s Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium, and to license the technology for industrial scale production. For the production of FDCA, Synvina will use the YXY process® developed by Avantium which is based on fructose as renewable raw material.

FDCA-based PEF: multiple application opportunities and better performance

Industry experts consider bio-based FDCA to be a promising platform chemical and a building block for various downstream products for different applications. Most significantly, FDCA is used for the production of PEF, a polyester suitable for food and beverage packaging as well as for fibers for carpets and textiles. For the packaging industry, PEF offers better characteristics in comparison to conventional plastics, such as improved barrier properties for gases like carbon dioxide and oxygen, leading to a longer shelf life of packaged products. It also offers a higher mechanical strength, thus thinner PEF packaging can be produced and fewer resources are required. PEF is suitable for foil pouches, bottles for carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, water, dairy products, still and sports drinks and alcoholic beverages as well as personal and home care products. Alongside the polyester PEF, FDCA can be processed to polyamides for engineering plastics and fibers, to polyurethanes for foams, coatings and adhesives and to esters for personal care products and lubricants.

Synvina to continue Avantium’s partnering activities with leading companies

Synvina will continue Avantium’s established partnering activities with leading brands associated with FDCA and PEF. The goal of the cooperation platform is to develop a complete supply chain for PEF as sustainable bio-based packaging material. Together with Toyobo, the companies will jointly boost the PEF polymerization and further develop PEF films for food packaging, in electronics applications such as displays or solar panels, industrial and medical packages. With Mitsui, Synvina will work on developing PEF thin films and PEF bottles in Japan. Furthermore, Synvina aims to continue the development partnerships with The Coca Cola Company, Danone, ALPLA and other companies on the Joint Development Platform for PEF bottles.

BASF and Avantium providing prerequisites for excellent starting position

“With Synvina we will enter the promising business with FDCA and PEF and support our customers in the various industries to create value. We strongly believe that the future belongs to these products because they combine superior characteristics with a production process based on renewable feedstock,” said Dr. Stefan Blank, President of BASF’s Intermediates division. “Synvina is an innovative and highly competent company with an excellent starting position from which to build a globally leading role in FDCA and PEF.”

“FDCA is a sleeping giant with huge potential. Although it was first produced in the 1950s, it has never been successfully developed and brought to market until now,” said Tom van Aken, Chief Executive Officer of Avantium. “I strongly believe that Synvina will wake up that sleeping giant and make it available for industrial use. With the development of a proven FDCA production process and the construction of a strong partnering and cooperation network, Avantium has provided Synvina with all necessary prerequisites. It will benefit from BASF’s expertise in market development and large-scale production and as a reliable chemical company in the business of intermediates and polymers.”

About Avantium
Avantium is a leading chemical technology company and a forerunner in renewable chemistry. Together with its partners around the world, Avantium develops efficient processes and sustainable products made from biobased materials. Avantium offers a breeding ground for revolutionary renewable chemistry solutions. From invention to commercially viable production processes. One of Avantium’s many success stories is YXY technology®, with which they created PEF: a completely new, high-quality plastic made from plant-based industrial sugars. PEF is 100% recyclable. It therefore offers a cost-effective solution to make anything from a wide range of plastic bottles and packaging to fibers. YXY is the most advanced technology, but Avantium is also working on a host of other ground-breaking projects and is providing advanced catalysis research services and systems to the leading chemical and petrochemical companies. Avantium’s offices and headquarters are based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Further information at www.avantium.com

About BASF Intermediates
The BASF Group’s Intermediates division develops, produces and markets a comprehensive portfolio of about 700 intermediates around the world. Its most important product groups include amines, diols, polyalcohols, acids and specialties. Intermediates are used for example as starting materials for coatings, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, detergents and crop protectants. Innovative intermediates from BASF help to improve both the properties of final products and the efficiency of production processes. The ISO 9001 certified Intermediates division operates plants at production sites in Europe, Asia and North America. Around the globe, the division generated sales to third parties of about €2.8 billion in 2015. Further information at www.intermediates.basf.com

About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 112,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €70 billion in 2015. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information at www.basf.com.
Media contacts:

BASF SE
Klaus-Peter Rieser
Intermediates Division
Phone: +49 621 60 95138
E-mail: klaus-peter.rieser@basf.com

Avantium
Alex de Vries
Phone: +31 20 586 0132
Mobile: + 31 651 11 9205
E-mail: alex.de.vries@msl.nl

11/10/2016

– Collaboration to generate tumor targeting drug conjugates and immuno-oncology therapeutics-
-Takeda makes investment in Crescendo-

Cambridge, UK, Cambridge, Mass. and Osaka, Japan – 10 October 2016 – Crescendo Biologics Limited (Crescendo), the drug discovery and developer of Humabody®-based therapeutics, and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) today announced a global, strategic, multi-target collaboration and license agreement for the discovery, development and commercialization of Humabody® -based therapeutics for cancer indications with a high unmet medical need.

Crescendo will use its proprietary transgenic platform and engineering expertise to discover and optimally configure Humabody® candidates (Humabody® Drug Conjugates and Immuno-Oncology modulators) against multiple targets selected by Takeda.

“We see significant potential in Crescendo and its innovative technology to develop unique, small and customizable Humabody®-based therapeutics,” said Andrew Plump M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Takeda. “Collaborations are critical to helping us achieve our aspiration of curing cancer. Working together with Crescendo will enable us to leverage its important technology to support Takeda’s goal of developing next generation, highly modular and targeted therapies to treat cancer.”
“This collaboration with Takeda represents a significant step forward for Crescendo. It provides validation of our transgenic platform and our capabilities to rapidly assemble and configure small, differentiated Humabody®-based therapeutics, opening routes to novel biology,” said Dr. Peter Pack, CEO, Crescendo Biologics. “As a leading global pharmaceutical company, Takeda brings extraordinary expertise in the oncology area with significant capabilities in developing and delivering novel medicines to patients. This first major collaboration enables us to potentially broaden and accelerate innovative Humabody®-based product candidates. ”
Under the terms of the agreement, Crescendo is eligible to receive up to $36 million, in a combination of an upfront payment, investment, research funding and preclinical milestones. Takeda will have the right to develop and commercialize Humabody®-based therapeutics resulting from the collaboration. Crescendo is also eligible to receive further clinical development, regulatory and sales-based milestone payments of up to $754 million. In addition, Crescendo will be eligible to receive royalties on Humabody®-based product sales by Takeda.
Takeda signed agreements with Crescendo Biologics through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

For more information, please contact:
Crescendo Biologics
Dr Peter Pack, CEO Tel:44 (0)1223 497140
info@crescendobiologics.com

Instinctif Partners
Dr Christelle Kerouedan / Melanie Toyne-Sewell Tel:44 (0)20 7457 2020
crescendo@instinctif.com

Takeda
Japanese Media
Tsuyoshi Tada
Tel: +81 (0) 3-3278-2417
tsuyoshi.tada@takeda.com
Takeda
Media outside Japan
Sara Noonan Tel: +1 617-551-3683
sara.noonan@takeda.com
About Crescendo Biologics Ltd
Crescendo Biologics is a biopharmaceutical company involved in discovering and developing potent, highly differentiated Humabody® therapeutics with a focus on cancer. The Company’s Humabody® therapeutics are based on its proprietary, robust and highly efficient fully human VH domain technology platform.
Crescendo is building a pipeline of new differentiated medicines, including Humabody® Drug Conjugates (HDCs) and multi-specific immuno-oncology (IO) modulators, through in-house development and strategic partnerships.
Crescendo’s technology platform is centred on a unique and proprietary transgenic mouse, which enables the benefits of in vivo maturation to be harnessed thereby naturally optimising the affinity and biophysical properties of Humabodies. Compared with monoclonal antibodies, Humabodies offer a unique combination of potential benefits that results from their small size, cost-effective production and modular plug & play engineering options for generating novel bi- or multi-specific formats.
Crescendo is located in Cambridge, UK, and is backed by blue-chip investors including Sofinnova Partners, Imperial Innovations, Astellas Venture Management and EMBL Ventures.
For more information, please visit the website: www.crescendobiologics.com

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven pharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to patients by translating science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on oncology, gastroenterology and central nervous system therapeutic areas plus vaccines. Takeda conducts R&D both internally and with partners to stay at the leading edge of innovation. New innovative products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in Emerging Markets, fuel the growth of Takeda. More than 30,000 Takeda employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients, working with our partners in health care in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit http://www.takeda.com/news.

Additional information about Takeda is available through its corporate website, www.takeda.com, and additional information about Takeda Oncology, the brand for the global oncology business unit of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, is available through its website, www.takedaoncology.com.

About Humabodies®
Humabodies® are a novel class of extremely small in size, robust and potent protein therapeutics. They are based on fully human VH domain building blocks. Humabodies® have excellent biophysical properties enabling the extremely rapid and efficient assembly and screening of a variety of bi- and multi-specific Humabody® candidates, opening new routes to novel biology and modes-of-action.
Using its proprietary transgenic Humabody® platform, Crescendo is developing a growing pipeline of next generation cancer therapeutics based on Humabody® Drug Conjugates (HDCs) and multi-specific Immuno-Oncology (IO) modulators.
Crescendo is working to validate the Humabody® format through strategic collaborations and establish clinical proof of concept for Humabody® therapeutics, either in-house or with key partners.
HDCs are created utilising homogeneous, site-specific conjugation of linkers and toxic payloads. They have enhanced specificity and superior toxicology profiles to standard ADCs resulting in a superior Therapeutic Index over standard ADCs (enabled by a “high dose, hit hard and leave” approach) by their much smaller size, bi- and multi-specific targeting and tuneable half-life.
Crescendo is also using bespoke designs to create novel multi-specific IO modulators capable of targeting multiple mechanisms such as checkpoint inhibition, activating stimulatory pathways, enhancing antigen presentation and inhibiting the immunosuppressive tumour microenvironment

10/10/2016

Preclinical data presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) conference shows synergy of NOXXON’s lead compound NOX-A12 with both T cell and NK cell based therapies

Berlin, Germany – 10 October 2016 – NOXXON Pharma N.V. (Alternext Paris: ALNOX) a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on cancer treatment, announced that it presented data yesterday at the ESMO conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, studying the role of CXCL12 inhibition by NOX-A12 (olaptesed pegol) in tumor stroma spheroids, a preclinical model that mimics the complexity of the tumor microenvironment. These studies showed that NOX-A12 synergizes with therapies working through either T cells or NK cells. Further studies of NOX-A12 with agents working through T cells such as checkpoint inhibitors or CAR-T cells as well as NK cell-based therapies are warranted.

Poster Title: CXCL12 Inhibition with NOX-A12 (Olaptesed Pegol) Increases T and NK Cell Infiltration and Synergizes with Immune Checkpoint Blockade and ADCC in Tumour-Stroma Spheroids
Authors: Dirk Zboralski, Anna Kruschinski, Dirk Eulberg and Axel Vater
Location & time: ESMO Congress 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark, 7-11 October 2016, Session Immunotherapy of cancer: Abstract #1083P, Hall E, Sunday, 9 October 2016, 13:00 – 14:00

The poster may be downloaded from the company’s website:
www.noxxon.com/downloads/poster/ESMO2016.pdf

NOX-A12, which inhibits the key tumor microenvironment chemokine CXCL12, may be a key partner for a wide range of IO (immuno-oncology) agents. NOXXON has generated promising pre-clinical and clinical data, including recent animal data showing synergy with a checkpoint inhibitor as well as recent phase 2a trials in multiple myeloma and a second hematological cancer that showed a safety profile that supports further development and first signs of efficacy. The company believes that additional clinical trials are warranted to investigate combinations of NOX-A12 multiple classes of IO agents including those acting on or through T cells and NK cells.

For more information, please contact:

NOXXON Pharma N.V.
Aram Mangasarian, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer
Tel. +49 (0) 30 726 2470
amangasarian@noxxon.com

NewCap
Florent Alba
Tel. +33 (0) 1 44 71 98 55
falba@newcap.fr

About NOXXON
NOXXON Pharma N.V. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on cancer treatment. NOXXON’s goal is to significantly enhance the effectiveness of cancer treatments including immuno-oncology approaches (such as immune checkpoint inhibitors) and current standards of care (such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy). NOXXON’s Spiegelmer® platform has generated a proprietary pipeline of clinical-stage product candidates including its lead cancer drug candidate NOX-A12. NOXXON is supported by a strong group of leading international investors, including TVM Capital, Sofinnova Partners, Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, DEWB, NGN and Seventure. NOXXON has its statutory seat in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and its office in Berlin, Germany. Further information can be found at: www.noxxon.com

06/10/2016

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 6th, 2016 – Asceneuron SA, an emerging leader in the development of innovative small molecules for neurodegenerative diseases, today announced it has been awarded a research grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) for the further development of positive allosteric modulators of the M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (M1 PAMs). M1 PAMs induce a change in the shape of the receptor, enhancing binding to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. As a result, receptor activity is potentiated so that it can fulfil its signaling functions, critical for cognition, even in situations where acetylcholine levels are reduced, as observed in dementia.

The grant from the MJFF Therapeutic Pipeline Program will support studies for the optimization of molecules to provide preclinical proof of concept in a relevant laboratory model. Asceneuron has already identified suitable lead molecules and will use its expertise in the field of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors and CNS drug development to achieve this objective. As this important receptor is critically involved in learning and memory, M1 PAMs have the potential as novel and efficacious medications to treat cognitive deficits in Parkinson’s disease dementia patients.

Commenting on the award, Dirk Beher (PhD), chief executive officer and co-founder of Asceneuron, said: “We are very excited to advance this approach to treating an underserved need. We expect our understanding of the novel biological interactions between M1 PAMs and the M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor to yield a Parkinson’s dementia therapy with potentially greater selectivity, fewer side effects and longer durability of effect.”
Marco Baptista (PhD), director of research programs at MJFF, added: “M1 PAMs could provide a new treatment option for Parkinson’s dementia, a critical current unmet need. We believe Asceneuron is making promising progress toward this goal.”

For further information, please contact:
Asceneuron
Dirk Beher, CEO
Email: info@asceneuron.com
Hume Brophy
Mary Clark, Eva Haas
Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 6395
Email: asceneuron@humebrophy.com

About Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia (PDD)
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative neurological movement disorder that affects approximately 6.3 million people worldwide. Although it typically develops after the age of 65, about 15% of people with the condition develop « young-onset » Parkinson’s disease before reaching age 50.
As Parkinson’s disease progresses, it becomes increasingly disabling, making daily activities like bathing or dressing difficult or impossible. Many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease involve motor control, the ability to control your muscles and movement. Patients may also have problems with depression, sleep disruption and dementia. The cumulative prevalence of dementia can be as high as 78%, or 4.9 million sufferers globally, though it is most common in older patients. Neurochemically the most significant deficit in PDD is cholinergic which suggests that approaches focused on acetylcholine transmission and modulation may be effective treatment options.

About M1 PAMs
Positive allosteric modulators of the M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (M1 PAMs) sensitize the receptor for its natural neurotransmitter acetylcholine. As a result, the M1 muscarinic receptor can still function in a situation where the release of acetylcholine is declining, as is observed in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease dementia. Since this receptor is critically involved in learning and memory, M1 PAMs have the potential to deliver novel and efficacious medications to treat cognitive deficits in Parkinson’s disease dementia patients as well as other dementia types including Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) and Alzheimer’s disease.

About Asceneuron
Asceneuron is an emerging biotech company excelling in the development of orally bioavailable therapeutics for serious neurodegenerative disorders with high unmet medical needs such as orphan tauopathies, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The lead product, an O-GlcNAcase inhibitor that in preclinical studies has been demonstrated to modulate tau pathology, is currently completing the critical regulatory studies to initiate human clinical testing. The O-GlcNAcase inhibitor is being developed for the orphan tauopathy progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Asceneuron is a privately held company financed by a strong syndicate of investors consisting of Sofinnova Partners, SR One, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. (JJDC), Kurma Partners and Merck Ventures. For more information, please visit www.asceneuron.com.

About The Michael J. Fox Foundation
As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Foundation pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program coupled with active global engagement of scientists, Parkinson’s patients, business leaders, clinical trial participants, donors and volunteers. In addition to funding more than $600 million in research to date, the Foundation has fundamentally altered the trajectory of progress toward a cure. Operating at the hub of worldwide Parkinson’s research, the Foundation forges groundbreaking collaborations with industry leaders, academic scientists and government research funders; increases the flow of participants into Parkinson’s disease clinical trials with its
online tool, Fox Trial Finder; promotes Parkinson’s awareness through high-profile advocacy, events and outreach; and coordinates the grassroots involvement of thousands of Team Fox members around the world.

03/10/2016

Paris, le 29 septembre 2016 – Pixium Vision (FR0011950641 – PIX), société développant des systèmes de vision bionique innovants qui permettent aux patients ayant perdu la vue de vivre de façon plus autonome, annonce aujourd’hui la signature d’un important financement d’un montant maximal de 11 millions d’euros via l’émission d’un emprunt obligataire auprès de Kreos Capital, fournisseur de premier rang de dette aux entreprises en croissance en Europe. Kreos Capital a reçu un bon de souscription d’actions lui donnant droit à souscrire à 207.817actions nouvelles de Pixium Vision.
L’emprunt obligataire de 11 millions d’euros va permettre à Pixium Vision de poursuivre sa stratégie et notamment de financer le lancement commercial d’IRIS®II chez les patients souffrant de Rétinopathie Pigmentaire et le démarrage de l’étude clinique de PRIMA en Dégénérescence Maculaire liée à l’âge. L’emprunt obligataire est composé de 3 tranches. La première et la seconde tranche, chacune d’un montant de 4M€, sont respectivement exerçables dans les 6 mois et avant le 30 juin 2017. La dernière tranche, d’un montant de 3 millions d’euros est optionnelle.

Khalid Ishaque, Directeur Général de Pixium Vision, a déclaré : « Après l’obtention en juillet du marquage CE de notre premier système, IRIS®II, doté de 150 électrodes et destinés aux patients souffrant de Rétinopathie Pigmentaire (RP) et le positionnement de PRIMA en DMLA sèche, Pixium Vision devient un acteur de premier rang de la vision bionique. Cet emprunt obligataire nous donne plus de visibilité financière et, notamment, les moyens de lancer l’étude clinique PRIMA en DMLA sèche. Plus de 2 millions1 d’Européens et de Nord-Américains souffrent de DMLA avancée dont près de 90% sont atteints de la forme sèche, une indication au besoin médical non satisfait très important. Les progrès prometteurs réalisés sur PRIMA, nous permettent d’anticiper une première implantation de faisabilité chez l’Homme avant la fin de l’année. »
Kreos Capital disposera du droit de solliciter la nomination d’un censeur au sein du Conseil d’administration de Pixium Vision.

Principales caractéristiques des obligations
Le financement d’un montant maximum de 11 millions d’euros, composé de 11 millions d’obligations de valeur nominale 1€, est divisé en trois tranches de 4M€, 4M€ et 3M€, dont les dates de tirage respectives sont au plus tard le 27 mars 2017, le 30 juin 2017, et le 31 octobre 2017. Chacune des tranches porte un intérêt de 11,5% et est remboursable en 33 mensualités après un différé de remboursement du montant nominal égal à 9 mensualités pour la 1ère tranche et à 3 mensualités pour chacune des deux autres tranches.
Ce financement a été garanti par l’octroi classique en pareille circonstances, de nantissements sur certains actifs de Pixium Vision.

Principales caractéristiques du bon de souscription d’actions
Parallèlement, Pixium Vision a émis au profit de Kreos Capital un bon de souscription d’actions (le « BSA ») donnant droit à la souscription de 207.817actions ordinaires nouvelles de la Société de valeur nominale de 0,06 €, au prix de 5,2931€.
Ce nombre d’actions ordinaires nouvelles de la Société (N) a été déterminé par la formule suivante, et est tel que, multiplié par le prix d’exercice du bon (P), ce montant correspond à 10% du montant nominal du financement, soit 1,1M€ :
N = 1.100.000 / P
1 Source : Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) et NEI (National Eye Institute)


P = la moyenne pondérée par les volumes des cours de clôture des actions ordinaires de la Société sur le compartiment C du marché Euronext Paris des trois dernières séances de bourse précédant le jour de la fixation du prix d’émission (le 27 septembre 2016), diminué d’une décote de 20 %, soit au prix de souscription unitaire de 5,2931 € pour une action.
La fixation du prix de l’action ordinaire à souscrire par exercice du BSA a été déterminée conformément aux principes posés par la Onzième Résolution de l’Assemblée Générale Mixte du 22 juin 2016.
Le BSA peut être exercé pendant une durée de 7 ans à compter de son émission, n’est pas cessible (sauf à une entité contrôlée par Kreos Capital) et ne fera pas l’objet d’une admission aux négociations sur le marché règlementé d’Euronext à Paris.
À titre indicatif, la participation d’un actionnaire détenant 1% du capital social de la Société préalablement à l’émission du BSA sera portée à 0,98% après exercice du BSA (sur la base du nombre d’actions composant le capital social de la Société au 27 septembre 2016, soit 12.955.551 actions).

Cadre juridique de l’émission des obligations et du BSA
L’émission de cet emprunt obligataire relève de la compétence du Conseil d’administration qui s’est réuni le 27 septembre 2016 conformément aux dispositions de l’article L.228-40 du Code de commerce et de l’article 18 des statuts de la Société et ne nécessite donc pas une autorisation de l’Assemblée Générale. L’émission du BSA a été décidée par le Conseil d’administration faisant usage de la délégation de compétence relative à la réalisation d’une offre visée au II de l’article L.411-2 du Code monétaire et financier portant sur moins de 10 % du capital social (Placement Privé) conférée par la Dixième Résolution de l’Assemblée Générale Mixte du 22 juin 2016.
L’émission des obligations et du bon de souscription d’actions en faveur de Kreos Capital ne nécessite pas la préparation d’un prospectus devant être soumis au visa de l’AMF ou de toute autre autorité règlementaire.

Admission des actions ordinaires nouvelles en exercice du BSA
L’admission des actions ordinaires nouvelles aux négociations sur le marché règlementé d’Euronext à Paris sera demandée sous le code ISIN existant des actions ordinaires de Pixium Vision (FR0011950641). Les nouvelles actions ordinaires seront immédiatement assimilées aux actions ordinaires existantes de Pixium Vision et porteront jouissance courante.

A propos de Pixium Vision (www.pixium-vision.com ;@PixiumVision; www.facebook.com/pixiumvision)
Pixium Vision développe des systèmes de vision bionique innovants pour permettre aux personnes ayant perdu la vue de vivre de façon plus autonome. Les systèmes de Pixium Vision sont des systèmes composés de plusieurs éléments de haute technologie associés à une intervention chirurgicale et à une période de rééducation. Ils visent à offrir à terme aux patients une vision aussi proche que possible de la normale.
La société a obtenu le marquage CE d’IRIS®II, son premier système, en Juillet 2016.
Pixium Vision développe également PRIMA, un implant sous-rétinien miniaturisé, sans fil, qui est actuellement à un stade préclinique. La société envisage de commencer les essais cliniques de PRIMA en Europe en 2016.
La société est certifiée EN ISO 13485.
Pixium Vision travaille en étroite collaboration avec des partenaires académiques de renommée mondiale tels que l’Institut de la Vision à Paris et le Laboratoire de physique expérimentale Hansen à l’Université Stanford.
ISIN: FR0011950641 ; Mnemo: PIX
IRIS® est une marque déposée de Pixium-Vision SA

A propos de Kreos Capital
Kreos a été fondée il y a 18 ans avec la mission d’établir des solutions de financement innovantes pour les entreprises à forte croissance en Europe et en Israël. Depuis lors, Kreos a engagé plus de 1,6 milliard d’euros via plus de 400 transactions dans une variété de secteurs et dans 14 pays. Kreos soutient les équipes de management et leurs investisseurs avec des structures de prêt flexibles adaptées à toutes les étapes du développement d’une société de croissance pour répondre aux besoins en capital de croissance, besoin en fonds de roulement, financements d’acquisition, stratégies de roll-up, refinancements bancaires ainsi que de financements pré ou post IPO. Le fond le plus récent de Kreos, Kreos V, a été lancé en Janvier 2016 et a 400 millions d’euros d’engagements de capitaux propres venant d’investisseurs institutionnels de premier plan. L’équipe mondiale de Kreos possède grande expérience en financement par la dette, management et gestion d’actifs, couvrant le marché paneuropéen de ses succursales à Londres, Tel Aviv et Stockholm. Pour plus d’informations sur Kreos Capital: Simon Hirtzel, General Partner et COO simon@kreoscapital.com, http://www.kreoscapital.com +44 20 7758 3450 www.kreoscapital.com

Contacts
Pixium Vision
Pierre Kemula, CFO
investors@pixium-vision.com
+33 1 76 21 47 68
@PixiumVision

Relations Presse
Newcap Media
Annie-Florence Loyer – afloyer@newcap.fr
+33 1 44 71 00 12 / +33 6 88 20 35 59
Daphné Boccara – dboccara@newcap.fr
+33 1 44 71 94 93

Avertissement :
Le présent communiqué contient de manière implicite ou expresse certaines déclarations prospectives relatives à Pixium Vision et à son activité. Ces déclarations dépendent de certains risques connus ou non, d’incertitudes, ainsi que d’autres facteurs, qui pourraient conduire à ce que les résultats réels, les conditions financières, les performances ou réalisations de Pixium Vision diffèrent significativement des résultats, conditions financières, performances ou réalisations exprimés ou sous-entendus dans ces déclarations prospectives.
Pixium Vision émet ce communiqué à la présente date et ne s’engage pas à mettre à jour les déclarations prospectives qui ysont contenues, que ce soit par suite de nouvelles informations, événements futurs ou autres. Pour une description des risques et incertitudes de nature à entraîner une différence entre les résultats réels, les conditions financières, les performances ou les réalisations de Pixium Vision et ceux contenus dans les déclarations prospectives, veuillez-vous référer au chapitre 4 « Facteurs de risques » du document de référence de la Société enregistré auprès de l’Autorité des marchés financiers sous le numéro R.16-033 le 28 avril 2016, lequel peut être consulté sur les sites de l’Autorité des marchés – AMF (www.amf-france.org) et de Pixium Vision (www.pixium-vision.com).

22/09/2016

– Company establishes top-tier investor base consisting of MPM Capital, Sofinnova Partners, Wellington Partners and Merck Ventures


Martinsried / Munich, Germany, September 22, 2016
— iOmx Therapeutics AG (iOmx), a biopharmaceutical company developing cancer therapeutics based on novel immune checkpoint targets, today announced the closing of a Series A financing round totaling EUR 40 million. MPM Capital and Sofinnova Partners co-led the round, and were joined by Wellington Partners and Merck Ventures.

iOmx focuses on the development of first-in-class cancer therapeutics addressing next-generation immune checkpoints. By systematically screening human tumor cells, the company has already identified a number of new targets and analyzed their mode of action. The proceeds of the financing round will be used to advance several proprietary product candidates up to initial clinical proof-of-concept.

iOmx was founded based on work from the laboratory of oncology expert and co-founder Philipp Beckhove, previously at the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, and now at the RCI Regensburg Center for Interventional Immunology. The company’s innovative screening platform was developed by co-founder Nisit Khandelwal, SVP of Research. Additional co-founders include highly experienced biotech executives and internationally renowned cancer specialists Patrick Baeuerle, Elmar Maier (CBO), and Sebastian Meier-Ewert (CEO).

« The development of checkpoint inhibitors represents a major advance in the treatment of certain cancers. However, despite some truly transformative successes, to date only a minority of patients benefit from existing treatment options. We aim to bring the advances in immuno-oncology to a greater proportion of cancer patients, » said Sebastian Meier-Ewert, CEO of iOmx. « Therefore, we are proud to have attracted such an outstanding international investor base. The round was significantly oversubscribed, highlighting the expectation that immune checkpoint-based cancer therapeutics have great potential for changing the oncology landscape – and iOmx is excellently positioned to play a leading role in this field. »

« We are thrilled to back iOmx, together with such a high profile investor syndicate. The company combines all the key features we are looking for when investing: an exceptional management team, world class science, and a market breaking technology platform that has the potential to build a strong pipeline of proprietary and more efficacious cancer therapeutics, » said Henrijette Richter, Chairwoman of iOmx´ Board of Directors and Partner at Sofinnova Partners.


About iOmx Therapeutics
iOmx (www.iomx.de) focuses on the development of first-in-class cancer therapeutics addressing novel immune checkpoints on cancer cells. The company’s proprietary platform systematically screens tumor cells for specific immune checkpoint modulators, which allow targeting the tumor´s immune resistance mechanisms. iOmx is building a pipeline of promising cancer immunotherapeutics based on novel, proprietary targets with a known mode of action. Founded in March 2016 based on the work of its scientific founders Philipp Beckhove and Nisit Khandelwal conducted at the German Cancer Research Center, the company has raised EUR 40 million in early July 2016 from MPM Capital (both its BV2014 and UBS Oncology Impact Funds), Sofinnova Partners, Wellington Partners and Merck Ventures and is based in Martinsried / Munich, Germany.

About MPM Capital
MPM Capital (http://www.mpmcapital.com) is an early-stage life sciences venture investing firm that works to identify and build companies that seek to cure major diseases by translating scientific innovations into positive clinical outcomes. MPM’s portfolio of companies aims to revolutionize the face of medicine across multiple areas including cancer, diabetes, obesity, pain, eHealth and more. With its experienced and dedicated team of operating executives, and medical and scientific advisory board, MPM is powering novel medical breakthroughs that transform patient lives.

About Sofinnova Partners
Sofinnova Partners is a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences. Based in Paris, France, the firm brings together 12 highly experienced investment professionals from all over Europe, the US and China. The firm focuses on paradigm shifting technologies alongside visionary entrepreneurs. Sofinnova Partners seeks to invest as a founding and lead investor in start-ups and corporate spin-offs, and has backed nearly 500 companies over more than 40 years, creating market leaders around the globe. Today, Sofinnova Partners has over €1.5 billion under management. For more information, please visit: www.sofinnova.fr.

About Merck Ventures
Merck Ventures is the strategic, corporate venture capital arm of Merck. Its mandate is to invest in innovative technologies and products with the potential to significantly impact Merck‘s core business areas. From our headquarters in Amsterdam and offices in the US and Israel we invest globally in transformational ideas driven by great entrepreneurs. Merck Ventures takes an active role in its portfolio companies and teams up with entrepreneurs and co-investors to translate innovation towards commercial success. Merck Ventures has a significant focus on early-stage investing and company creation including the creation of spin-offs to leverage Merck‘s science and technology base.

About Wellington Partners
Wellington Partners is among the most successful pan-European Venture Capital firms. With more than € 800 million under management and offices in Munich, London and Zurich, Wellington Partners invests in start-up companies throughout Europe that have the potential to become global leaders in the areas of life sciences, digital media and resource efficiency. Since 1998, Wellington Partners has invested in more than 100 companies, including publicly listed firms like 4SC, Actelion, Evolva, Genticel, Oxford Immunotec, Supersonic Imagine, Wavelight (acquired by Alcon) and Xing as well as privately held companies like AyoxxA, Definiens (acquired by Medimmune), Endostim, Grandis (acquired by Novartis), G-Therapeutics, Imevax, immatics, Immobilienscout24 (acquired by Deutsche Telekom), invendo medical, MPM Medical, MTM Laboratories (acquired by Roche), NEUWAY Pharma, Oxagen/Atopix, Quanta, Rigontec, Sapiens (acquired by Medtronic), Sensimed, Symetis, Spotify and Themis. For further information, please visit www.wellington-partners.com.

Contact & Media Inquiries

akampion
Dr. Ludger Wess / Ines-Regina Buth
Managing Partners
info@akampion.com
Tel. +49 40 88 16 59 64
Tel. +49 30 23 63 27 68