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04/04/2018

• Sofinnova Crossover Fund 1 is the largest healthcare crossover fund focused on Europe.
• With this new fund, Sofinnova Partners actively pursues the strategy to broaden its Life Sciences platform to invest across the value chain, from seed stage to late-stage companies.
• Bpifrance* and CNP Assurances acted as sponsors for the fund.

Paris, France – April 4th, 2018 — Sofinnova Partners, a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences, announced today the launch of Sofinnova Crossover I with €275 million ($340 million), above the original first close target of €250 million. With this new fund, Sofinnova Partners goes one step further in the execution of its growth plan, aimed at expanding its coverage across the Life Sciences space with dedicated sector teams.

Pursuing a strategy Sofinnova Partners has successfully applied for decades with its early-stage focused Capital Funds, Sofinnova Crossover I will invest in the biopharmaceutical and medical device sectors. The fund will focus primarily on therapeutic and game-changing companies driven by experienced management. As a lead or cornerstone investor, the fund will seek to invest in about 15 late stage private and public companies. About 80% of the investments will be made in European companies, with the remaining 20% outside of Europe primarily in North America. A dedicated, highly experienced team of four partners will invest Sofinnova Crossover I, leveraging on Sofinnova Partners’ wider experience, track record and organizational support. This new fund attracted premier international investors, predominantly sovereign funds, insurance companies, corporations and family offices. Commitments came from Europe, including France, Italy, Denmark, Ireland, and Switzerland but also from Asian investors in China and Singapore. In addition to Bpifrance* and CNP Assurances, investors include a major Chinese biopharmaceutical company, the Danish State Investment fund, and family offices like Fidim or KCK representing leading industrial families in Europe and Asia.

Antoine Papiernik, Chairman of Sofinnova Partners, said, “With the launch of this new crossover activity, Sofinnova builds upon its unique early stage track record. Many of the companies we initially funded have become over the years large, billion-euro companies, and we have gained invaluable experience in helping them to the next level. This fund will complete our investment platform across the life-sciences value-chain, allowing us to fund companies from the seed stage to the late-stage.”

Jacques Theurillat, Partner in the crossover team at Sofinnova Partners, added: “The European healthcare market has matured with hundreds of late stage private and public companies looking for growth capital, and Sofinnova Partners, with its name, track record and experience, is particularly well positioned to identify the best European deals and transform them into global leaders.”

Triago acted as placement agent and Clifford Chance Europe LLP acted as legal counsel on Sofinnova Crossover I.

* Bpifrance directly and with the “Investment for the Future” Program, managed by the SGPI and operated by Bpifrance

About Sofinnova Partners
Sofinnova Partners is a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences. Based in Paris, France, the firm brings together a team of 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 lead investor in start-ups and corporate spin-offs and has backed nearly 500 companies over more than 45 years, creating market leaders around the globe. Today, Sofinnova Partners has over €1.9 billion under management.

09/06/2018

Hookipa and Gilead will jointly develop therapeutics against HIV and Hepatitis B infections

  • Hookipa and Gilead will jointly research and Hookipa will manufacture arenavirus-based vectors for clinical development by Gilead
  • The deal expands the relationship between Hookipa and Gilead following Gilead’s participation in Hookipa’s Series C financing in December 2017
  • Total potential deal value exceeds $400 million, including upfront and milestone payments, plus research and development funding

Vienna, Austria and Foster City, CA, 5 June 2018 – Hookipa Biotech AG (“Hookipa”), a clinical-stage biotech company pioneering an innovative class of active immunization therapies for oncology and infectious diseases and Gilead Sciences, Inc., (“Gilead”), a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need, today announced that they have entered into a research collaboration and license agreement that grants Gilead exclusive rights to Hookipa’s TheraT® and Vaxwave® arenavirus vector-based immunization technologies for two major chronic infectious disease indications, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Under the terms of the agreement, Gilead will provide an upfront payment of $10 million. Additionally, Hookipa will be eligible to receive milestone payments based upon the achievement of specified development, regulatory, and commercial milestones up to a total of more than $400 million. Gilead will fund all research and development activities. Hookipa will also be eligible to receive tiered royalties on net sales.

“Gilead, a world leader in innovative therapies against major viral diseases, is the ideal partner for us to drive our pipeline development in this area to the benefit of patients in need. This partnership is a strong recognition of our unique immunization technology, and helps us concentrate our own energy and resources on immuno-oncology,” commented Joern Aldag, Chief Executive Officer of Hookipa. “The collaborative HIV and HBV programs nicely complement our significant efforts in the infectious disease area with an exciting proprietary prophylactic CMV vaccine.”

“Gilead is committed to advancing innovative approaches directed at functional cures against HIV and HBV,” said Bill Lee, PhD, Executive Vice President of Research, Gilead. “We are convinced that Hookipa’s unique therapeutic vaccine technology, which has demonstrated excellent safety and immunogenicity in Phase 1 clinical studies, has strong potential to have synergistic effect with other Gilead cure efforts in both of these diseases areas. Our ultimate long-term goal is to eliminate the need for life-long antiviral therapy for millions of patients around the world.”

About Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. The company strives to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Gilead has operations in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

About Hookipa Biotech
Hookipa Biotech is a clinical stage company developing next-generation immunotherapies for infectious diseases and cancer using novel proprietary arenavirus vector platforms.
Hookipa´s Vaxwave® technology presents a completely new replication-defective viral vector platform designed to overcome the limitations of current technologies. Vaxwave® is based on lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV). In this vector the gene encoding the LCMV envelope protein, normally responsible for virus entry into target cells, has been deleted and replaced with an antigen of interest. The resulting vectors infect dendritic cells and stimulate very potent and long-lasting immune response, however they cannot replicate and are therefore non-pathogenic and inherently safe.
Hookipa’s TheraT® platform is based on an attenuated replicating arenavirus and is capable of eliciting the most potent T cell responses – a crucial step in treating patients with aggressive cancers. Significant pre-clinical data demonstrates that TheraT® is a powerful modality capable of turning “cold tumors hot” which should result in an additional layer of efficacy in the fight against solid tumors. Specifically, TheraT® has proven to be safe in animals as well as capable of eliciting uniquely potent antigen-specific CD8+ cytotoxic T cell responses and strong tumor control in mice. The first clinical trial with HB-201 targeting human papilloma virus-induced head and neck cancer is currently being prepared. This immuno-oncology technology is further being leveraged to target tumor self-antigens or shared neoantigens.
Find out more about Hookipa online at http://hookipabiotech.com/.

Gilead Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the risk that the parties may not realize the potential benefits of this collaboration, such as findings that are relevant to Gilead’s inflammatory diseases pipeline. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those referred to in the forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These and other risks are described in detail in Gilead’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Gilead, and Gilead assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

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01/06/2018

Candidate to expand Zai Lab’s early-stage R&D programs, with an anticipated IND Filing for clinical studies in psoriasis in 2019

Shanghai, and Cambridge, UK, May 30, 2018 — Zai Lab Limited (NASDAQ: ZLAB), a Shanghai-based innovative biopharmaceutical company, and Crescendo Biologics Ltd (Crescendo Biologics), the developer of multi-functional biologics, announced today an exclusive, worldwide licensing agreement under which Zai Lab will develop, commercialize, and manufacture a topical, innovative antibody VH domain therapeutic for potential application in inflammatory indications. Crescendo Biologic’s product candidate was developed using Crescendo’s transgenic platform, which generates novel small, robust, and potent protein therapeutics based on fully human VH domain building blocks. Zai Lab anticipates filing an IND for this therapeutic candidate for clinical studies in psoriasis in 2019.
“Biologics-based therapies are increasingly effective in psoriasis and other skin conditions, but are often associated with treatment-limiting immunosuppressive side effects,” commented Harald Reinhart,
M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Autoimmune and Infectious Diseases at Zai Lab. “We see a clear benefit with topically administered dermatologic preparations which offers strong clinical efficacy and potentially safer for chronic administration.”

Peter Pack, CEO of Crescendo Biologics, commented, “We are pleased to sign this agreement with Zai Lab, a foremost developer of innovative medicines across diverse therapeutic areas where there are substantial unmet needs in global markets. We’re delighted with the pace and efficiency of Zai Lab’s plan to develop clinical proof of concept with our Humabody®. Crescendo Biologics is dedicated to advancing therapies with enhanced efficacy and improved safety profiles, and we believe there are significant synergies for our approach with the Zai Lab pipeline of autoimmune programs.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Crescendo Biologics has granted to Zai Lab a worldwide exclusive license to develop and commercialize its drug candidate for all indications. Zai Lab will be responsible for conducting all regulatory filings, clinical studies, and commercialization activities, with both companies participating in a Joint Development Committee. Zai Lab has made an upfront cash payment to Crescendo Biologics and will provide development, regulatory, and commercial milestones for multiple indications. Crescendo Biologics will also be eligible to receive tiered royalties on global sales.

About Crescendo Biologics
Crescendo Biologics is a biopharmaceutical company developing potent, truly differentiated Humabody® therapeutics in oncology with a proprietary pipeline focus on innovative targeted T-cell approaches.
At the heart of its proprietary pipeline, Crescendo Biologics has developed CB307, a novel bispecific PSMA-targeted T-cell engager for the selective activation of tumour-specific T-cells exclusively within the tumour microenvironment, thereby avoiding systemic toxicity. This highly modular format can be reconfigured to create a pipeline of multiple therapeutic candidates each treating a different cancer indication, by targeting any of a range of alternative tumour-specific markers. The Company’s ability to develop multi-functional Humabody® therapeutics is based on its unique, patent protected, transgenic mouse platform generating 100% human VH domain building blocks (Humabody® VH). These robust molecules can be configured to optimally engage therapeutic targets delivering novel biology and superior biodistribution. This results in larger therapeutic windows compared to conventional IgG-approaches.
Crescendo Biologics is pursuing novel Humabody®-based product opportunities, through in-house development and strategic partnerships, including multi-functional immuno-oncology modulators and Humabody® Drug Conjugates (HDCs), the next generation of ADCs. Humabody®-based formats can also be applied across a range of non-cancer indications.

Crescendo Biologics is located in Cambridge, UK, and is backed by blue-chip investors including Sofinnova Partners, IP Group, Takeda and Astellas.

For more information, please visit the website: www.crescendobiologics.com

About Zai Lab Zai Lab (NASDAQ:ZLAB) is a Shanghai-based innovative biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing transformative medicines for cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases to patients in China and around the world. Zai Lab’s experienced team has secured partnerships with leading global biopharma companies, generating a broad pipeline of innovative drug candidates targeting the fast-growing segments of China’s pharmaceutical market and global unmet medical needs. Zai Lab’s vision is to become a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company, discovering, developing, manufacturing and commercializing its partners’ and its own products in order to impact human health worldwide. Zai Lab Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes certain disclosures which contain “forward-looking statements,” including, without limitation, statements regarding the progress, clinical study timing and potential applications of its licens d Humabody® therapeutic candidate. You can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “anticipate” and “expected.” Forward-looking statements are based on Zai Lab’s current expectations and assumptions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements, which are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are set forth in Zai Lab’s Annual Report on From 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Zai Lab undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

For more information, please contact: ZAI LAB

CONTACTS: Zai Lab Billy Cho +86 21 6163 7322 billy.cho@zailaboratory.com Media: Justin Jackson Burns McClellan, on behalf of Zai Lab 212-213-0006, ext. 327, jjackson@burnsmc.com Investors: Jill Steier Burns McClellan, on behalf of Zai Lab 212-213-0006, ext. 367, jsteier@burnsmc.com CRESCENDO BIOLOGICS CONTACTS: Dr Peter Pack, CEO + 44 (0)1223 497140 info@crescendobiologics.com For Media: Instinctif Partners for Crescendo Biologics Deborah Bell, Dr Christelle Kerouedan, Melanie Toyne-Sewell + 44 (0)20 7457 2020 crescendo@instinctif.com

22/05/2018

Sofinnova Partners significantly reinforces its team with an internationally renowned physician and entrepreneur

Paris, France – May 21st, 2018 — Sofinnova Partners, a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences, has appointed Dr. Martin T. Rothman as Venture Partner. Dr. Rothman brings forty years of experience and a strong international network in the medical field to Sofinnova Partners.

As Venture Partner, Dr. Rothman will focus on helping the team identify and evaluate promising medical device companies and on mentoring entrepreneurs and physicians launching clinical innovations. Sofinnova Partners and Dr. Rothman have closely collaborated over many years. Dr. Rothman is the founder of LimFlow and an independent board member of HighLife, both portfolio companies of Sofinnova Partners. Until recently, he was Vice President of medical affairs for coronary, structural heart and renal denervation for Medtronic, based in Santa Rosa (CA), a position he held since 2010. He was involved in the development of the renal denervation program, the Trans-Aortic Valve Replacement program, and the Medtronic percutaneous mitral regurgitation program, including Twelve and the development of its Intrepid product and associated clinical strategy. Dr. Rothman previously practiced during 37 years in the U.K. as an interventional cardiologist, including 27 years at the London Chest Hospital (Barts and the London NHS Trust), where he has served for more than a decade as director of cardiac research and development. He is world renowned for his contributions to clinical research, training and education, and medical technology innovation in cardiovascular medicine. A regular presenter at medical meetings and author of peer-reviewed journal articles, Dr. Rothman has conducted many clinical trials related to interventional cardiology. As a true pioneer and leader in interventional cardiology, he has contributed to the development of numerous innovative medical technology for interventional cardiology.

Dr. Rothman also currently holds several positions in start-up companies in the cardiovascular field, some as a founder and based on his own inventions.

Dr. Martin T. Rothman says: “I am thrilled to join Sofinnova Partners’ team as Venture Partner. We share a common vision of entrepreneurship and a passion for bringing innovative therapies to patients and the medical community”.

Antoine Papiernik, Managing Partner and Chairman of Sofinnova Partners, adds: “Martin is an exceptional physician and repeat entrepreneur. His experience ideally complements our team and represents a key asset for Sofinnova Partners at a time when our activity is growing”.

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22/05/2018

PARIS, May 9, 2018 – HighLife SAS, a medtech company focused on the development of a unique trans-catheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) system to treat patients suffering from mitral regurgitation, announced today the appointment of Dr. Martin T. Rothman as non-executive independent member of its Board of Directors.

Dr. Rothman retired recently from his position as Vice President of medical affairs for coronary, structural heart and renal denervation, for Medtronic, based in Santa Rosa (CA), a position he held since 2010. He was involved in the development of the renal denervation program, TAVR, and the Medtronic percutaneous mitral regurgitation program, including Twelve and development of its Intrepid TMVR product and associated clinical strategy.

Dr. Rothman trained as an interventional cardiologist in Bart Hospital Trust, UK. Then, as a world-renowned interventional cardiologist, he worked for the UK National Health Service for almost 40 years. He has been a leading investigator in research involving drug-eluting coronary stents and cardiac stem-cell treatment, and helped develop intravascular ultrasound technology. Dr. Rothman also currently holds several positions in start-up companies in the cardiovascular field, some as a founder and based on his own inventions.
“I am excited to join the HighLife team and a very experienced board and to contribute to the establishment of its unique percutaneously delivered mitral valve prosthesis which is self-locating and if necessary removable. This will be a major opportunity for a large number of patients” said Dr. Rothman.

Based in Paris (France), HighLife was started in 2010 by Georg Börtlein, CEO and member of the Board. Following the recent investment in HighLife from Sofinnova Partners, Antoine Papiernik joined the company’s Board. Mano Iyer, founder and COO of the medtech start-up ReCor Medical, continues to serve as an independent member. In December 2017, Jose (Pepe) Calle Gordo, most recently CEO of Biosensors and with a long successful career in cardiovascular devices, was named Chairman.

“We are honored to have Martin Rothman join the company’s Board of Directors. It is a clear validation of the significant progress made with this technology as well as its future potential to address the unmet needs of patients with mitral regurgitation. His extensive medical background and unique track record in the interventional cardiology field will add tremendous value to our team and in combination with the rest of the Board of Directors, is creating a strong foundation which will lead to clinical and regulatory success,” said Mr Calle Gordo.

“I am delighted we could attract a Director with the talent and experience of Dr. Rothman. We will greatly benefit from his experience and strategic vision of structural heart along with his ability to build clinical strategies” said Georg Börtlein.

The HighLife technology is best-in-class as it can be delivered transseptally via the femoral vein in a reversible manner, and as it self-locates inside the native annulus. The transseptal route is the preferred route for both interventionists and patients as it avoids any surgery.

About HighLife
HighLife SAS was established in 2010 and is headquartered in Paris, France, with offices in Irvine (California). It is focused on the development of a novel transcatheter replacement system for treating mitral regurgitation. The technology aims at a beating heart procedure reducing trauma to the patients.
Caution: The HighLife Transcatheter Mitral Valve is an investigational device and not available for sale.

About Sofinnova Partners
Sofinnova Partners is a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences. Based in Paris, France, the firm brings together a team of 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 lead or cornerstone investor in seed, start-ups, corporate spin-offs and late stage companies. It has backed nearly 500 companies over more than 45 years, creating market leaders around the globe. Today, Sofinnova Partners has over €1.9 billion under management.
For more information: www.sofinnova.fr

22/05/2018

First-of-its-Kind Lesion Preparation Tool Fractures Calcium in CAD with Sonic Pressure Waves, Enabling Optimal Stent Delivery and Expansion While Minimizing Trauma

First Patient Enrolled in DISRUPT CAD II Post-Market Study Fremont, Calif. — May 21, 2018 — Shockwave Medical, a pioneer in the treatment of calcified cardiovascular disease, today announced the European commercial availability of Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL) for calcified coronary artery disease (CAD), as well as the enrollment of the first patient in the DISRUPT CAD II post-market study by Professor Jonathan Hill, MD, at King’s College in London. Coronary artery calcium physically impairs stent expansion,i and is perhaps the single most important predictor of early stent thrombosis and restenosis after stent procedures.ii iii iv Current calcium modification treatments, which can be difficult to perform, only address the burden of intimal calcium with varying degrees of success and result in an increased risk for adverse events since they don’t differentiate between the calcific lesion and soft intimal tissue. IVL is a novel therapy designed to treat calcified artery blockages with sonic pressure waves historically used to treat patients with kidney stones. The technology minimizes trauma within the artery by delivering pulsatile sonic pressure waves locally to effectively fracture both intimal and medial calcium in the artery wall but pass through surrounding soft vascular tissue in a safe manner. Additionally, IVL requires no specialized training with its familiar technique, and it allows physicians to use their own guidewire of choice to seamlessly integrate into the existing workflow. “For many years, addressing challenging calcium in patients with complex coronary artery disease has been a balancing act weighing the risk of certain therapies with their clinical benefit,” said Jean Fajadet, MD, co-principal investigator of the DISRUPT CAD II study and co-director of the Interventional Cardiovascular Group at Clinique Pasteur in Toulouse, France. “Now with the availability of IVL, we finally have an intuitive calcium modification tool that offers the maximum benefit in increasing vessel compliance prior to stent implantation with minimal safety risks.”
The technology previously obtained CE Mark on the strength of the safety and efficacy data in the DISRUPT CAD study, a pre-market, prospective multi-center single arm study conducted at seven centers in Europe and Australia that enrolled 60 patients with complex calcified CAD. The newly initiated DISRUPT CAD II study is a post-market study that will enroll an additional 120 patients at sites across the globe, including Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, France, UK, Spain, Sweden and Belgium.
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“Having used Intravascular Lithotripsy in both a clinical trial setting as well as in our everyday clinical practice for complex patients, it’s clear that this is a game-changing technology for the treatment of calcified coronary artery disease,” said Prof. Hill. “A more widespread introduction of this technology will significantly augment our ability to modify calcific lesions. It is a highly accessible technology, which is simple to use and can be rapidly deployed in the cath lab.” The Shockwave Coronary IVL System complements the existing large and small diameter peripheral IVL catheters, which have been available in Europe for the treatment of calcified peripheral disease from the iliac arteries down to the foot since 2015 and early 2018, respectively. The Shockwave Coronary IVL System, similar to the peripheral IVL systems, includes a compact, battery-powered generator, a simple and quick hand-held connector cable with a single therapy delivery button and an intuitive catheter, which houses an array of lithotripsy emitters enclosed in an integrated balloon. The catheter is delivered to a lesion similar to standard interventional techniques and on the physician’s choice of guidewire. “The introduction of the Shockwave Coronary IVL System represents a significant advance not only for the treatment of calcified coronary artery disease, but also for the future growth of the company by diversifying our portfolio of IVL devices,” said Doug Godshall, CEO of Shockwave Medical. “Our initial experience with the technology over the last few months has bolstered our belief in what a meaningful impact this technology will have in the hands of operators across the globe.” Shockwave IVL catheters are now commercially available for coronary artery disease in Europe; they are not available in the United States.

About Shockwave
Medical’s Intravascular Lithotripsy System Shockwave Medical’s IVL System leverages similar principles to urologic lithotripsy, which has been used as a safe and effective treatment for kidney stones for several decades. The generator produces energy that travels through the connector cable and catheter to an array of miniaturized lithotripsy emitters located near the calcified lesion. With the integrated balloon expanded to ultra-low pressure, a small electrical discharge at the emitters vaporizes the fluid within the balloon, creating a rapidly expanding bubble that collapses within microseconds. The bubble’s expansion and collapse generates a series of sonic pressure waves that travel through the fluid-filled balloon and pass through soft vascular tissue, selectively cracking any hardened calcified plaque inside the vessel wall. After the calcium has been fractured, the integrated balloon can be expanded, performing angioplasty safely at low pressures.
The presence of calcium can make coronary interventions more difficult and lead to complications during the procedure and escalating healthcare costs. Shockwave Medical’s IVL system was designed to minimize trauma to the artery, simplify the procedure, and optimize outcomes for CAD patients. To view an animation of the Intravascular Lithotripsy System visit http://shockwavemedical.com.

Shockwave Medical, based in Fremont, Calif., is developing and commercializing innovative intravascular lithotripsy technology for the treatment of calcified peripheral vascular, coronary vascular and heart valve disease. For more information, visit www.shockwavemedical.com.

27/04/2018

• Lead investor Venrock joined by Andera, Cormorant, HBM Healthcare Investments, Fresenius Medical Care Ventures GmbH, Sofinnova Partners, Apple Tree Partners and MedImmune
• Corvidia nears completion of its Phase 2 genetically-defined clinical trial targeting chronic kidney disease
• Funding supports innovative approach to drug development, progressing lead clinical program, advancing pre-clinical programs and adding key talent

Waltham, MA, April 25, 2018 — Corvidia Therapeutics Inc., a leading clinical stage biotechnology company, today announced the close of a $60 million USD Series B funding round. The financing will accelerate growth of Corvidia’s ongoing clinical programs, expand scientific and market access capabilities and explore new treatment areas.

Venrock led the Series B financing and was joined by five additional new investors: Andera (formerly Edmond de Rothschild), Cormorant Asset Management, HBM Healthcare Investments, Fresenius Medical Care Ventures GmbH and Venrock Healthcare Capital Partners (VHCP). Series A investors Apple Tree Partners, MedImmune, the global biologics Research and Development arm of AstraZeneca, and Sofinnova Partners, the founding seed investor, also participated in this round.

“We are extremely pleased to have reached such an important milestone in Corvidia’s advancement as a biotechnology company,” said Marc de Garidel, Chief Executive Officer of Corvidia Therapeutics Inc. “This funding is critical to accelerating our clinical programs and adding the necessary scientific and market access infrastructure which will drive our growth in developing precision therapies for patients across a range of complex diseases.” Mr. de Garidel, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ipsen SA, joined Corvidia in March 2018.

Corvidia Therapeutics is nearing completion of a Phase 2 clinical trial for a genetically-defined patient population living with advanced chronic kidney disease. Presently, the Company is scientifically-focused on cardiovascular indications utilizing the study of genetic variations to ultimately deliver precise treatments to specific patients who have an unmet medical need. The Series B funding will be used to progress the lead clinical programs in chronic kidney disease and beyond as well as advance pre-clinical programs. The Company will add new talent to support these advancing programs.

“Corvidia’s innovative approach to cardiovascular drug development allows them to parse complex, heterogeneous conditions and validate disease pathways in patient subpopulations before beginning clinical trials,” says Karim Helmy MD, PhD, Vice President, Venrock. “We have confidence that Corvidia’s highly-respected and experienced team will continue to identify critical therapeutic targets for these devastating diseases through their pioneering approach.”

Several changes to Corvidia’s executive management team were announced in concert with the closing of Series B funding. Four of the founding executive team members have been named to new positions: Rahul Kakkar MD is Chief Medical Officer and Chief Strategy Officer; Matt Devalaraja, DVM, PhD is Executive Vice President and Head of Research and Development; Ram Aiyar, PhD, MBA is Executive Vice President and Head of Business Development. Corvidia’s former chief executive officer, Michael Davidson MD, was named Chief Science Officer upon the appointment of Mr. de Garidel as CEO.

About Corvidia Therapeutics Inc.
Corvidia Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical stage biotechnology company based in Waltham, Massachusetts pioneering the next generation of cardiovascular and cardio-renal therapies. Corvidia’s pipeline programs utilize functional genomics to precisely identify patients with unique sensitivity to specific biologic pathways, allowing for rapid development and an accelerated path-to-market for drugs targeting those pathways. Among our portfolio of novel therapeutic candidates, we presently have an experimental therapy in Phase 2 development for a genetically-defined patient population with chronic kidney disease. Corvidia’s other preclinical programs are in various stages of development and are focused on cardiovascular diseases. For more information, please visit www.corvidiatx.com

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26/04/2018

– Wiederhold’s strategic leadership will help the company as it scales and penetrates the global biotechnology market

April 25, 2018 LONDON-Synthace Ltd., the company behind the leading software platform for automating and improving the success rate of biological research, has appointed Silicon Valley veteran Bob Wiederhold as Chairman of its board of Directors. Synthace operates at the intersection of biology and information technology (IT), and Wiederhold brings deep expertise and experience to the company as a result of building multiple successful IT start ups over the last 30 years.

“I am very excited to join Synthace at this important moment in the company’s development and am eager to work closely with the team to help them realize their aspirations and market potential.”

“Information technology is at the early stages of revolutionizing biotechnology. Bob is a seasoned entrepreneur and CEO with a stellar track record for building high growth IT companies that have established leadership positions in their respective industries as well as highly successful business models. I am confident that his experience will have a tremendous impact on Synthace’s strategic direction and future growth,” said Tim Fell, CEO of Synthace. “The team is thrilled to have him on our board, and we look forward to his invaluable guidance and contributions.”

Since 2010, Bob has been the Chairman and CEO, and more recently the Executive Chairman, of Couchbase, Inc., a leader in NoSQL databases. Prior to this, Bob served as Chairman and CEO of Transitive, the worldwide leader in cross-platform virtualization with over 20M users; Transitive was acquired by IBM in December 2008. Until 2001, Bob served as CEO of Tality Corporation, the worldwide leader in electronic design services whose revenues grew to over $200M and had 1,500 employees worldwide.

Bob also held several executive general management positions at Cadence Design Systems Inc., an electronic design automation company he joined in 1985 as a small start-up and helped grow to over $1B during his 13 years at the company. Bob has served on several boards of directors including Certicom, Fanfare, and Imperas and on advisory boards at the University of Massachusetts and California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.

“Synthace has developed a remarkable product that I believe is already in the early stages of revolutionizing the biology industry. Since its inception, the company has demonstrated remarkable traction with its pharmaceutical, agritech and industrial biotechnology customer base; demonstrating its limitless capabilities”, said Wiederhold.

Wiederhold concluded, “I am very excited to join Synthace at this important moment in the company’s development and am eager to work closely with the team to help them realize their aspirations and market potential.”

About Synthace
Based in London, Synthace is developing Antha, a language and software platform specifically for biology that lets researchers aim higher and achieve better results, faster. Antha is designed to make reproducible and scalable workflows that can be readily edited and shared, and easily automated on labs’ existing equipment. In 2016, the World Economic Forum included Synthace in its selection of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers that are helping shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution – a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. For more information, visit: www.synthace.com.

 

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24/04/2018

• Funds will be used to accelerate the company’s international development and complete the registrational Phase III clinical trial of its lead product EryDex.

Milan, Italy, April 24th. 2018 – Sofinnova Partners, a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences, announced today it has led EryDel’s €26.5 M financing. The Italian biotech company which specialized in drug delivery through red blood cells, will be using funds to boost its international development and to complete the ATTEST trial – a registrational Phase III clinical trial currently enrolling in Europe, Asia, Australia and in the United States. Next to Sofinnova Partners, existing shareholder Genextra SpA and Innogest SGR also participated to the investment.

Based in Milan (Italy), EryDel develops an innovative red-blood-cell-based drug delivery device for the treatment of rare neurodegenerative diseases. Its proprietary technology relies upon the encapsulation of drugs into red cells taken from the patient’s own blood which are then re-infused into the patient. The company is led by Luca Benatti, CEO, a serial entrepreneur who previously co-founded Newron Pharmaceuticals (NWRN). EryDel’s lead product, EryDex, has received Orphan Drug designation both from the FDA and the EMA for the treatment of Ataxia Telangiectasia (AT), a rare autosomal recessive disorder for which there is currently no established therapy. Most AT patients die in the second decade of life. Next to AT, EryDel’s technology is being developed in a wide range of additional applications.

Luca Benatti, CEO of EryDel, indicates: “We are thrilled to welcome Sofinnova Partners as our lead investor. Their unique international reach and recognized experience for building global leaders represent a huge asset at a time when EryDel is about to accelerate its growth plan”.

Graziano Seghezzi, Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners, adds: “We have known Luca Benatti for almost two decades and followed Erydel’s development since the beginning. We believe the company is now poised for rapid growth and are happy to actively contribute to this exciting development”.

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23/04/2018

• Sofinnova Partners’ appointment of Armance Bordes strengthens the firm’s support team.

Paris – April 23rd 2018. Sofinnova Partners, a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences, has appointed Armance Bordes as General Counsel. In charge of the firm’s legal and regulatory affairs, Armance brings to Sofinnova Partners a ten-year experience in private equity.

Prior to joining Sofinnova Partners, Armance was Deputy General Counsel and Secretary of the board of directors at Eurazeo. She has supervised numerous investments and divestments in listed companies; she has been involved in particular in the IPOs of Elis and Europcar in which she has been a board member. Armance started her career as an M&A lawyer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in Paris. She graduated from the University of Paris I Panthéon -Sorbonne and holds a postgraduate diploma from Oxford University. She is admitted to the Paris bar.

As part of a growing support team headed by Monique Saulnier, Managing Partner & COO of Sofinnova Partners, Armance will work in close ties with Christophe Blanche, Chief Financial Officer since the end of 2016. Christophe joined the firm with a sixteen-year experience in private equity. He has worked as Chief Financial Officer in French and Luxembourg management companies, and prior to that as a senior audit manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers. Christophe is Réviseur d’Entreprises in Luxembourg and graduated from the Institut Supérieur du Commerce, a French business school.

Monique Saulnier, Managing Partner and COO of Sofinnova Partners, indicates: « We are delighted to welcome Armance in Sofinnova Partners’ support team. Her experience and acute understanding of the business is a major asset in a period of increased activity, with notably the launch of new funds such as Sofinnova Crossover I which announced a closing in April at €275 M ».

Sofinnova Partners’ support team today counts 13 people. Alongside Armance who heads legal and regulatory activity and Christophe Blanche who leads the finance and administrative activity, the support team is in charge of a diversified set of functions including Accounting Investors relations and reporting, Human Resources, IT and Deal Flow Management.

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19/04/2018

• Sofinnova Partners invested €10 M in the capital increase.
• Funds will be used to advance the clinical programs of the company’s portfolio compounds.
• A representative of Sofinnova Partners shall be designated at the Board of directors of Inventiva.

Paris, France, April 19th. 2018 – Sofinnova Partners, a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences, announced today is led Inventiva Pharma (IVA) €35,5 M capital increase through its newly created Sofinnova Crossover I Fund. Sofinnova Partners invested €10 M, becoming one of the company’s largest investors.

Inventiva, listed on Euronext Paris (IVA), is a biopharmaceutical company specialized in the development of treatments for fibroticand orphan diseases, such as Non Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis (NASH), systemic scleroderma (SSc) and mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS). Inventiva has a strong technology platform built on its extensive knowledge of the mechanisms of fibrosis, a chemical library of over 240,000 molecules and cell models, including patient cells, helping accelerate the discovery of new mechanisms and therapeutic candidates for the treatment of fibrotic diseases, orphan diseases and cancers.

Funds raised will allow Inventiva to advance its portfolio of compounds in the clinic, in particular its lead compound, lanifibranor, through preparatory studies towards a Phase III trial for the treatment of NASH, a growing liver disease that affects more than 30 million people in the United States, and of systemic sclerosis an orphan disease with high unmet medical needs. Funds will also allow Inventiva to advance its second program, odiparcil, a drug candidate for the treatment of multiple forms of mucopolysaccharidosis.

Jacques Theurillat, Partner in the Sofinnova Crossover I Fund, commented: « Inventiva is exactly the type of company we are seeking to invest in with our Crossover fund: innovative technology addressing diseases of high unmet medical need with large market sizes, an experimented team backed by a prestigious international investor syndicate helping the company develop its global ambitions ».

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