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27/09/2017

Paris, France – September 27th, 2017 — Sofinnova Partners, a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences, has appointed Henrijette Richter as Managing Partner. She joins Antoine Papiernik, Denis Lucquin, Graziano Seghezzi and Monique Saulnier in the company’s Managing Partnership. With a 14 years’ experience in venture capital, Henrijette brings her extensive industry experience and strong international network to Sofinnova Partners’ leadership.

Henrijette joined Sofinnova Partners in October 2014, after seven years at Novo Holdings A/S (the holding company in the Novo Group) where she co-founded Novo Seeds. Prior to that, she worked at Sunstone Capital and was part of the founding team when the fund spun out of The Danish Growth Foundation. Henrijette is a scientist by training, she holds a combined PhD and Industrial Scientist degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Copenhagen, and did her postdoctoral fellowship at MIT Center for Cancer Research, Cambridge, MA.

Since 2014, Henrijette has lead key investments such as in Asceneuron, a biotech company specialized in neurodegenerative diseases headquartered in Switzerland where she also serves on the Board of Directors. Henrijette also seeded and invested in Delinia, a US-based company specialized in the treatment of auto-immune disorders that was sold to Celgene Corporation in January 2017 for a total value of up to $775 M.

Henrijette Richter says: « I am honored by this new role and excited to take a more active role in Sofinnova Partners’ growth strategy to reinforce its global leadership in Life Sciences. I have the foremost respect for the team, its values, the culture of diversity, and the entrepreneur-oriented spirit it has been fostering worldwide for more than forty years ».

Antoine Papiernik, Chairman of Sofinnova Partners, adds: « Henrijette stands out for her investment track record and has demonstrated impressive team leading skills. She is a great addition to our team, and we are extremely pleased to welcome her to the Managing Partnership as Sofinnova Partners is entering a new phase of its development ».
Press contact for SOFINNOVA PARTNERS
Anne REIN
Tel: +33 6 03 35 92 05
@: anne.rein@strategiesimage.com

04/04/2017

Cambridge, UK, 4 April 2017 – Crescendo Biologics Ltd (Crescendo), the developer of multi-functional Humabody® therapeutics, today announces that Dr Philip Bland-Ward has been appointed Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). The appointment will take effect in May 2017.
With over 20 years’ experience in the biopharmaceuticals industry, Phil has played a key role in the development of novel antibody therapeutics in multiple disease areas. He joins Crescendo from Kymab where he was responsible for leading its most advanced development programme. Phil previously held senior positions at Cambridge Antibody Technology and PanGenetics, and was CSO at Navion, as well as a co-founder of Nascient.
His in-depth experience with late stage, pre-clinical development programmes, including novel antibody drug candidates, complements Crescendo’s current in-house expertise and strengthens the Company’s positioning as a provider of novel immuno-oncology products with enhanced therapeutic potential.
Phil’s role as CSO will be to drive Crescendo’s immuno-oncology (IO) and Humabody® Drug Conjugate (HDC) programmes to clinical proof-of-concept.
Dr Peter Pack, CEO of Crescendo Biologics, said:
“Over the past 24 months, Crescendo has transitioned from a technology platform company to a developer of Humabody® therapeutics. We have created a rich internal pipeline of truly differentiated, multi-functional biologics with a focus on oncology. Our growing reputation is also leading to external collaborations and licensing deals with big pharma, such the recent deal signed with Takeda.
“Our aim now is to advance our programmes rapidly to the next stage of clinical development. Phil’s appointment as CSO, coupled with his experience and standing in the field of biologics development, will be key to achieving this.”
Dr Philip Bland-Ward, the new CSO, added:
“The IO field has been a key focus for biotech companies in the last few years and it’s an area where Crescendo’s Humabody® platform is ideally positioned. The Company has produced a pipeline of multi-functional biological candidates with exciting new modes-of-action and huge therapeutic potential. I look forward to working with the team at Crescendo to advance the development of Humabody® therapeutics in oncology.”

Background on Dr Philip Bland-Ward
Phil began his career working on pain and migraine research at the Glaxo Institute of Applied Pharmacology and then at GlaxoWellcome. He joined Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT) to lead antibody projects in neuroscience, metabolic diseases, and ophthalmology. He was Director of Oncology Biology at CAT before moving to PanGenetics to successfully lead the development of their antibody assets (pain, auto-immune disease), underpinning progression to Phase I clinical studies.
Subsequently Phil took roles as CSO of Navion (oncology) and SweetSpot Therapeutics, and co-founded Nascient (inflammatory disease) – all small companies focused on discovery and development of antibody therapeutics.
Prior to joining Crescendo, Phil was a VP at Kymab with particular responsibility for the scientific leadership of their most advanced development programme.
Phil holds a BPharm degree in pharmacy and a PhD in pharmacology, both from King’s College London.

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 ICR Inc. Stephanie Carrington/James Heins Tel: 646-277-1282/203-682-8251 crescendo@icrinc.com

Notes to Editors:
About Crescendo Biologics Ltd
Crescendo Biologics is a biopharmaceutical company developing potent, truly differentiated mono- and multi-functional Humabody® therapeutics in oncology. The Company’s Humabody® therapeutics are based on its unique, patent protected, transgenic mouse platform generating 100% human VH domain building blocks (Humabody® VH) with superior biophysical properties and developability.
Crescendo is pursuing novel Humabody®-based product opportunities, through in-house development and strategic partnerships in both multi-specific immuno-oncology modulators and Humabody® Drug Conjugates (HDCs), the next generation of ADCs.
Crescendo is located in Cambridge, UK, and is backed by blue-chip investors including Sofinnova Partners, Touchstone Innovations (formerly known as Imperial Innovations), Takeda and Astellas.
For more information, please visit the website: www.crescendobiologics.com .

About Humabody® Therapeutics
Humabodies are a novel class of extremely small, robust and potent protein therapeutics. They are based on fully human VH domain building blocks (Humabody® VH) isolated from heavy chain-only antibodies produced using Crescendo’s proprietary transgenic mouse.
Compared with monoclonal antibodies, Humabodies offer a unique combination of potential benefits resulting from their small size, cost-effective production and robust biophysical properties. These attributes allow Crescendo to optimally configure an almost limitless range of multifunctional Humabody® formats in a rapid timeframe.
Crescendo is developing a pipeline of novel, Humabody®-based therapeutics in oncology. Its next-generation mono- and multi-specific Humabody® immune-oncology modulators are optimally configured for targeting a range of key mechanisms in the cancer immunity cycle. These include blocking inhibitory signals or activating stimulatory pathways of the immune response, as well as enhancing antigen presentation and inhibiting the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment. Its Humabody® Drug Conjugates (HDCs) deliver a superior therapeutic index to standard ADCs.
For more information, please visit the website: www.crescendobiologics.com.

28/03/2017

• Antoine Papiernik succeeds Denis Lucquin, who was Sofinnova Partners’ Chairman for ten years, and remains a Managing Partner of the venture capital firm.
• Sofinnova Partners boosts its growth strategy to further strengthen its leadership in Life Sciences investments.
Paris, France – March 28th. 2017 — Sofinnova Partners, a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences, has appointed Antoine Papiernik as Chairman. Papiernik succeeds Denis Lucquin who remains a Managing Partner. The appointment starts a new chapter in Sofinnova Partners’ growth strategy.

Antoine Papiernik joined Sofinnova Partners in 1997 and has a proven track record investing in companies that have gone on to be publicly listed on international exchanges or been acquired by leading players in the sector. He has been the lead investor in public companies like Actelion, ProQR, NovusPharma, Movetis, Mainstay, Pixium Vision and Stentys which have listed on a wide range of exchanges including the Zürich stock exchange, NASDAQ, Milan’s Nuovo Mercato, Euronext Brussels, the Dublin stock exchange and Euronext Paris. He was also the lead investor at inception of CoreValve (sold to Medtronic), Fovea (sold to Sanofi) and Ethical Oncology Science (sold to Clovis Oncology). He is a currently the lead investor and sits on the Board of Gecko Biomedical, MD Start, Shockwave Medical, Rgenix, Corwave, and Reflexion Medical. Antoine has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. In 2012 and 2011, he was selected by Forbes for its “Midas List” of the world’s top 100 venture capital investors.

Denis Lucquin said: “Passing on the responsibilities of Chairman in a partnership is a crucial event, and I have full confidence in Antoine taking on this role. Sofinnova Partners is entering a new phase, and the timing is perfect for this change. Antoine stands out for his investment track record and has become a key personality in the world of venture capital, in Europe as well as in the United States. He is also a talented team leader. Antoine has exactly what it takes to drive Sofinnova Partner’s future development.”

Antoine Papiernik added: “It is a great honor to succeed Denis. In the past ten years, under his chairmanship, we successfully completed the firm’s strategic refocus on its core business: Life Sciences investments. Thanks to our investors’ confidence, we significantly grew our assets under management, which today total more than 1.6 billion euros. Moving forward our vision for Sofinnova Partners entails growing our activity and further strengthening our leading position in Life Sciences investments.”

Sofinnova Partners’ recent achievements include numerous successes: exits for a total enterprise value worth more than 4 billion euros over the past four years, thanks to 10 IPOs and several M&As, such as Delinia which was sold to Celgene in January 2017 for a total enterprise value of $775 million (€725 million).

In the coming years, Sofinnova Partners will further expand its coverage of the Life Sciences sector, with dedicated teams and investment vehicles. Following the closing in December 2015 of its Capital VIII Fund (€300 million) dedicated to early stage healthcare investments, Sofinnova Partners has recently achieved a first close at €106 million of its IB I Fund, entirely dedicated to industrial biotech investments. Other healthcare-related innovation funds are currently under review. With 29 people and 10 different nationalities, Sofinnova Partners’ team is remarkably international. As its growth strategy develops, the firm plans on expanding its team with a significant number of new hires in the next two years.

Press contact for SOFINNOVA PARTNERS
Anne REIN
Tel: +33 6 03 35 92 05
@: anne.rein@strategiesimage.com

27/03/2017

LEIDEN, the Netherlands, March 27, 2017 – ProQR Therapeutics N.V. (Nasdaq:PRQR) today announced that it appointed David M. Rodman, MD as Chief Development Strategy Officer. Dr. Rodman has had a long career in drug development including leadership roles in translational medicine, rare disease drug development, and RNA therapeutics. Dr. Rodman’s experience includes a leadership role in developing two approved medicines for cystic fibrosis (CF) at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, as vice president and head of respiratory drug development. He was also the head of translational medicine at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research. More recently, he was the Chief Medical Officer at MiRagen and Nivalis. Expansion of the ProQR management team will allow the company to unlock the potential of RNA therapeutics as well as expand business capabilities needed to advance the development of our product candidates that now include three programs: QR-010 for CF, QR-110 for Leber’s congenital amaurosis Type 10, and QR-313 for dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa.

“At ProQR we are just beginning to capitalize on the power of RNA based therapeutics. We believe RNA therapeutics offers a powerful therapeutic approach to severe genetic disease. We believe the RNA approach has advantages over other approaches, and we are excited to fully explore the possibilities for patients. By adding Dave to our leadership, we will be able to strengthen our portfolio and strategically build our pipeline of RNA approaches to treating disease.” said Noreen R. Henig, MD, Chief Medical Officer.

“There are very few opportunities like ProQR where a great team, cutting edge science and the passion for patients come together” said David M. Rodman, MD, “In joining ProQR I look forward to continue to make an effort for CF patients, but also on making a big impact for patients suffering from other rare diseases.”

“In the ProQR tradition of only working with the best of the best, I’m very pleased that Dave is joining our team” said Daniel de Boer, Chief Executive Officer of ProQR. “Between Gerard (Platenburg, Chief Innovation Officer), Dave and Noreen we cover all key capabilities from invention to translation to late stage development.”

About ProQR
ProQR Therapeutics is dedicated to changing lives through the creation of transformative RNA medicines for the treatment of severe genetic rare diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Leber’s congenital amaurosis Type 10 and dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. Based on our unique proprietary RNA repair platform technologies we are growing our pipeline with patients and loved ones in mind.
*Since 2012*

About Cystic Fibrosis
CF is the most common fatal inherited disease in the Western world and affects an estimated 65,000 patients worldwide. In people with CF, a defective CFTR gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. There is no cure for CF. Disease manifestations lead to a shortened life expectancy with a median age of death of 30 years or less. Although over 1,900 CF-causing gene mutations have been identified, approximately 85% of all CF patients are affected by the F508del mutation. Among all CF patients, approximately 45% are homozygous for the F508del mutation.

About Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis Type 10
Leber’s congenital amaurosis is the most common genetic cause of blindness in children and consists of a group of diseases of which LCA Type 10 (LCA 10) is one of the more severe forms. LCA 10 leads to progressive loss of vision causing most patients to lose their sight in the first few years of life. To date, there are no treatments approved or product candidates in clinical development that treat the underlying cause of this specific subtype of the disease. LCA 10 is caused by mutations in the CEP290 gene of which the p.Cys998X mutation is most common. Although prevalence rates vary, we believe approximately 2,000 people in the Western world have LCA 10 because of this mutation.

About Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa
Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB) is a rare genetic disorder of the skin and mucosal membranes and is characterized by fragile skin, severe blistering and poorly healing wounds that result from minimal pressure. Some forms of DEB are painful and debilitating and are associated with very low quality of life and a limited life expectancy. The disease is caused by mutations in the COL7A1 gene that lead to a weak connection between the dermis (inner layer) and the epidermis (outer layer) in the skin. Approximately 2,000 patients have DEB because of mutations in exon 73 of the COL7A1 gene. There is currently no treatment available.

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, statements regarding our ongoing and planned discovery and development of existing and future product candidates, statements regarding our RNA approach to treating diseases and statements regarding the appointment of David M. Rodman to our management team. 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, 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.

Contact:
Sariette Witte
Investor Relations
T: +1 213 261 8891
ir@proqr.com

14/03/2017

 

  • Actively backed by international investors, the IPO was multiple times oversubscribed. 
  • Avantium’s market capitalisation reaches €277 M after capital increase of €103 M 
  • Avantium’s IPO is a strong endorsement of Sofinnova Partners strategy in Industrial Biotech and Renewable Chemistry

 Paris, France – March 14th. 2017. Sofinnova Partners, a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences, today announced the successful initial public offering of Avantium which raised €103 M on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Bruxelles. Sofinnova Capital VI remains the main shareholder after the IPO. The initial public offering was multiple times oversubscribed.

Based in Amsterdam, Avantium is a pioneer company specialized in renewable and sustainable chemicals which 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 the YXY technology to produce PEF: a completely new, high-quality plastic made from plant-based industrial sugars. PEF is 100% recyclable. It offers a cost-effective solution for applications ranging from bottles to packaging film and fibres, positioning it to become the next generation packaging material.

Funds raised will be used to further commercialise Avantium’s inventions into viable production processes. This will start with the commercialisation of the YXY technology, in joint venture with BASF, by building the first commercial scale reference plant for FDCA. This is an important step in Avantium’s strategic development to become a world leader in renewable chemistry. Avantium has a proven capacity to attract renowned global partners throughout the entire value chain, such as The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Toyobo, ALPLA and Mitsui. Besides the YXY technology, the company is working on other projects which for some have reached or entering pilot plant stage.

Denis Lucquin, Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners and Avantium Board member since 2011 declares: « Avantium has completed one of the most successful IPOs in this emerging and promising renewable chemistry sector. This success comes just a few weeks after Sofinnova Partners announced the first closing of its Sofinnova IB I Fund entirely dedicated to renewable chemistry, and fully validates our vision and strategy. As lead investor, and still main shareholder after the IPO, we are extremely pleased with this listing. It confirms investors’ confidence in the team’s talent and ability to transform a visionary project into a performing global company ».

Avantium issued 9,401,793 shares allowing a capital increase of €103 M. On this basis at €11 per share, Avantium’s market capitalization reaches €277 M. Trading will begin on March 15th 2017 on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Bruxelles under the symbol AVTX. Please refer to the company’s press release (www.avantium.com) for additional information on the listing.

 

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 for more than 40 years has backed nearly 500 companies creating market leaders around the globe. Today, Sofinnova Partners has over 1.3 billion of funds under management. For more information, please visit: www.sofinnova.fr

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 the YXY technology to produce PEF: a completely new, high-quality plastic made from plant-based industrial sugars. PEF is 100% recyclable. It offers a cost-effective solution for applications ranging from bottles to packaging film and fibres, positioning it to become the next generation packaging material.

13/03/2017

– IMPLANT2 study to confirm efficacy and safety of novel, oral oxytocin receptor antagonist in infertile patients undergoing embryo transfer as part of assisted reproductive technology (ART) –
Geneva, Switzerland – 07 March 2017 – ObsEva SA (Nasdaq: OBSV), a Swiss biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics for serious conditions that compromise a woman’s reproductive health and pregnancy, today announced initiation of its Phase 3 clinical program evaluating the efficacy and safety of nolasiban to improve pregnancy and live birth rates in women undergoing ART. The study is being conducted in 10 European countries.
Nolasiban is an oral oxytocin receptor antagonist that potentially improves pregnancy and live birth rates following embryo transfer (ET). In a completed Phase 2 study, 43 percent of patients treated with 900 mg of nolasiban before ET achieved a live birth compared to 29 percent of patients who received placebo.
“Based on our promising Phase 2 data, we are starting a large confirmatory study to assess the efficacy and safety of a single, oral administration of 900 mg of nolasiban before embryo transfer on either Day 3 or Day 5 following egg retrieval,” said Ernest Loumaye, MD, PhD, OB&GYN, CEO and Co-Founder of ObsEva. “We believe that should this trial confirm an absolute increase in live birth rates of about 10 percent, or greater, it would represent a major advance for the patients undergoing these demanding procedures to fulfill their desire to have a child.”
The IMPLANT2 clinical trial is being conducted at approximately 50 fertility clinics across Europe, and is expected to enroll about 760 women who are undergoing assisted reproduction by in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) for low fertility. Following ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval and fertilization, eligible women will be randomized to receive either a single oral dose of 900 mg nolasiban or placebo a few hours before Day 3 or Day 5 ET. Treatment allocation will be blinded. A pregnancy test will be done after two weeks and pregnancies confirmed by ultrasound at 6 and 10 weeks. The primary outcome is ongoing pregnancy at 10 weeks after ET. Women with confirmed pregnancies will be monitored until the birth of their babies. Babies will be monitored for one to six months after birth.

About Assisted Reproductive Technology
Infertility affects about 10 percent of reproductive-aged couples, with approximately 1.6 million ART treatments (including IVF and ICSI) performed worldwide each year.
While the success of ART depends on multiple factors such as embryo quality and ET procedure, a successful pregnancy ultimately hinges on the receptivity of the uterus to accept embryo implantation. Uterine contractions at the time of ET, as well as suboptimal thickness of the uterine wall and blood flow to the uterus, may impair the implantation of the embryo.

About Nolasiban
Nolasiban (previously known as OBE001), is an oral oxytocin receptor antagonist with the potential to decrease contractions, improve uterine blood flow and enhance the receptivity of the endometrium to embryo implantation, all of which may increase the chance of successful pregnancy and live-birth among
patients undergoing ART. ObsEva licensed nolasiban from Merck-Serono in 2013 and retains worldwide commercial rights.

About ObsEva
ObsEva is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the clinical development and commercialization of novel therapeutics for serious conditions that compromise a woman’s reproductive health and pregnancy. Through strategic in-licensing and disciplined drug development, ObsEva has established a late-stage clinical pipeline with development programs focused on treating endometriosis, uterine fibroids, preterm labor and improving ART outcomes. ObsEva is listed on The NASDAQ Global Select Market and is trading under the ticker symbol “OBSV”. For more information, please visit www.ObsEva.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Any statements contained in this press release that do not describe historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “may”, “plan,” “potential,” “will,” and similar expressions, and are based on ObsEva’s current beliefs and expectations. These forward-looking statements include expectations regarding the trial design of OBE001, including total enrollment, as well as the potential benefits of OBE001. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in such statements. Risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially include uncertainties inherent in the conduct of clinical trials, ObsEva’s reliance on third parties over which it may not always have full control, and other risks and uncertainties that are described in the Risk Factors section of ObsEva’s Registration Statement on Form F-1, as amended, declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 25, 2017, and other filings ObsEva makes with the SEC from time to time. These documents are available on the Investors page of ObsEva’s website at http://www.obseva.com. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and are based on information available to ObsEva as of the date of this release, and ObsEva assumes no obligation to, and does not intend to, update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media Contact:
Liz Bryan
Spectrum Science
lbryan@spectrumscience.com
202-955-6222 x2526
Company Contact:
Delphine Renaud
ObsEva, CEO Office
delphine.renaud@obseva.ch
+41 22 552 1550

08/03/2017

– Led by top-tier life science venture capitalists Gimv and Sofinnova Partners
– Funds to execute pivotal program in Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome

Munich, Antwerp, Paris, Utrecht, March 8th, 2017 — Breath Therapeutics Holding BV (Breath Therapeutics), a company developing advanced drug-aerosol therapeutics in pulmonary orphan indications, today announced the closing of a EUR 43.5 million Series A financing. Gimv and Sofinnova Partners co-led the round and were joined by Gilde Healthcare. PARI Pharma supports the program. With the proceeds from the financing, Breath Therapeutics plans to conduct phase 3 trials in Europe and the US, respectively, submit for marketing approval, and prepare for commercialization.
Breath Therapeutics’ lead program develops a first-in-class inhalation therapy for treatment of Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome (BOS). BOS is a lethal orphan respiratory disease, mainly affecting lung transplant patients. It is commonly understood as chronic graft rejection and is the main reason for the poor 5-year survival rates after lung transplantation.
Based on work by PARI Pharma and lung transplantation expert Aldo Iacono, MD, University of Maryland, USA, Breath Therapeutics develops a proprietary drug/device combination. This involves a formulation of liposomal cyclosporine A for inhalation and an optimized high performance eFlow® technology nebulizer enabling remote adherence monitoring. This approach is expected to ensure a safe, well tolerated and targeted delivery of immunosuppressive medication directly into the lungs along with a time saving treatment regime.
Breath Therapeutics is a spin-off of PARI Pharma, Starnberg, Germany. The company’s founding and management team includes highly experienced executives and internationally renowned experts in drug aerosol and immunosuppression therapy: Dr. Jens Stegemann (CEO), Anne Burger (CFO), Dr. Gerhard Boerner (CSO) and Dr. Oliver Denk (COO). Graziano Seghezzi, partner at Sofinnova Partners, Dr. Karl Nägler, partner at Gimv, and Arthur Franken, partner at Gilde Healthcare, will join the board of directors.
Dr. Jens Stegemann, CEO of Breath Therapeutics, said: “BOS is one of the most devastating lung diseases and still today, no effective therapy is available. Our strategy is to deposit high concentrations of an immunosuppressive agent directly into the small airways of the lung. With this top-tier group of investors and the best international lung transplantation centres supporting us, we now are in an excellent position to achieve ground-breaking improvements in the combat of BOS.”
Graziano Seghezzi, partner at Sofinnova Partners, added: “We are thrilled to be involved with Breath Therapeutics. We were really impressed by its highly talented and entrepreneur-oriented team, as well as by the potential of its market breaking technology. At Sofinnova Partners we have a strong expertise in turning corporate spin-offs into successful companies, and are happy to share our experience and resources with the team to back Breath Therapeutics’ growth.”
Dr. Karl Nägler, partner at Gimv, commented: “It is a great opportunity to invest in a company focusing on a life-threatening orphan disease with high unmet medical need. We were attracted by the strong expertise of the founding team and by the very promising late-stage clinical data. Furthermore, the BOS market will allow for a focused and highly profitable commercialisation strategy.”
Arthur Franken, partner at Gilde Healthcare, said: “This talented team has designed a unique drug/device combination which together with digital adherence monitoring has great potential to improve quality of care for patients suffering from chronic lung graft rejection. Gilde will actively support Breath Therapeutics and its team in its growth strategy of developing and commercializing inhaled drug therapies for severe respiratory disease.”
Dr. Martin Knoch, President of PARI Pharma, said: “The team at Breath Therapeutics has the expertise and focus to bring the first lung-targeted BOS therapy through clinical development and hopefully onto the market. For PARI Pharma it is highly rewarding to see a project that we started advancing into late-stage clinical development and providing BOS patients new hope.”

About Breath Therapeutics
Breath Therapeutics is specializing in advanced and first-in-class inhalation therapies for severe respiratory diseases. For its clinical development, the company is using proprietary drug formulations optimized for inhaled administration with exclusively licenced, high performance nebulizers. Breath Therapeutics is focussing on integrated therapy solutions in the interaction between diagnostic, therapy and eHealth therapy control. The clinical development program is addressing the treatment of Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome (BOS) in patients after lung transplantation. PARI Pharma, a leading nebulizer company, is strategic partner and technology licensee for the BOS development program. Breath Therapeutics is based in Munich and Frankfurt, Germany.
For more information, please visit: www.breath-therapeutics.com.

About Gimv
Gimv is a European investment company with over three decades’ experience in private equity and venture capital. The company is listed on Euronext Brussels. Gimv currently manages around 1.8 billion EUR (including co-investment partnerships) of investments in about 50 portfolio companies. As a recognized market leader in selected investment platforms, Gimv identifies entrepreneurial and innovative companies with high-growth potential and supports them in their transformation into market leaders. Gimv’s four investment platforms are: Connected Consumer, Health & Care, Smart Industries and Sustainable Cities. Each of these platforms works with a skilled and dedicated team across Gimv’s home markets of the Benelux, France and Germany and can count on an extended international network of experts.
For more information, please visit: www.gimv.com.
About Sofinnova Partners
Sofinnova Partners is an independent venture capital firm based in Paris, France. For more than 40 years, the firm has backed nearly 500 companies at different stages of their development – pure creations, spin-offs, as well as turnaround situations – and worked alongside key entrepreneurs in the Life Sciences industry around the globe. With over € 1.6 billion of funds under management, Sofinnova Partners has created market leaders with its experienced team and hands-on approach in building portfolio companies through to exit.
For more information, please visit: www.sofinnova.fr.

About Gilde Healthcare
Gilde Healthcare (Utrecht, The Netherlands and Cambridge, USA) is a European specialist investment firm focused on private healthcare companies. It has over € 800 million ($ 900 million) under management and is actively looking to lead new investments in therapeutics, medical devices, digital health and healthcare services. Gilde successfully builds healthcare businesses across Europe and US, investing up to € 30 million in a single portfolio company. Gilde is currently investing out of GHC IV which is financed, in part, by the European Recovery Program-European Investment Fund Facility.
For a list of Gilde’s portfolio companies please visit the website at www.gildehealthcare.com.

About PARI Pharma GmbH
PARI Pharma recognizes that the future of aerosol therapies is the combined optimization of the drug formulation and the delivery device – a core competence of PARI Pharma in the global network of PARI Worldwide companies. The focus of PARI Pharma is the optimization of advanced aerosol delivery platforms, based on the eFlow Technology, with new liquid medications. The goal is to enable short and effective treatments that lead to increased patient adherence, disease control, and improved quality of life for patients. By optimizing drug and device under one roof, PARI Pharma increases the speed of development for pharmaceutical partners.
For more information, please visit www.paripharma.com.

Contact:
MC Services AG
Raimund Gabriel, Managing Partner.
Tel. +49 89 210 228–60
Email: breath-therapeutics@mc-services.eu

07/03/2017

Ghent, Belgium, March 7, 2017 – AgroSavfe NV, a Belgium-based agro-biotech company, announced today that it extended its Series B financing round to €11 million.
The funds will be used to accelerate the development of the Company’s novel Agrobodies® as a new generation of biopesticides and to roll out the international registration process. Agrobodies® are small proteins that are designed and formulated to specifically bind to essential target molecules of crop pests and diseases. AgroSavfe has generated Agrobodies® with antifungal activity and is developing these into a novel class of biofungicides. The company is pursuing an ambitious global product development program from its R&D centre at the Technologiepark in Ghent.
Sofinnova Partners joins earlier investors Agri Investment Fund, Biovest, Gimv, Globachem, Madeli Participaties, PMV, Qbic and VIB.
“We are very impressed with the potential of the Agrobody technology. Agro chemicals, and in particular fungicides and insecticides, are huge markets that biologicals can address if they can be scaled up and produced at competitive cost compared to chemical compounds. This is central to our investment philosophy for Sofinnova IB I, our new fund in industrial biotech, that is dedicated to renewable chemistry.” said Denis Lucquin, Managing Partner of Sofinnova Partners. Lieven De Smedt, chairman of the board of AgroSavfe adds: “Started in 2013 as a spin off from VIB, AgroSavfe has now become a truly international AgTech company with a proven technology platform, an experienced team and a Board with top-league seasoned investors and entrepreneurs. Needless to say that it is a great pleasure that Denis joins our new Board to help AgroSavfe to become a world player in biopesticides, serving both conventional and biological farming.”
About AgroSavfe NV
AgroSavfe NV, a Belgian Agro-Biotech company, established as a spin-off from VIB, develops camelid binding domains, or Agrobodies®, for diverse applications in agriculture. AgroSavfe has demonstrated that its Agrobodies® provide control of a broad range of plant pathogenic fungi and is developing a new generation of biopesticides.

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 €1.6 billion under management.For more information, please visit: www.sofinnova.fr

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AgroSavfe NV
Lieven De Smedt, Chairman of the Board
lieven.de.smedt@agrosavfe.com
+32 (474) 073 193

07/03/2017

Vienna, Austria, 6 March 2017 – Hookipa Biotech AG, a company pioneering a new class of immunotherapies for oncology and infectious diseases, today announces the appointment of Igor Matushansky, M.D., Ph.D. as Global Head, Research and Development. The appointment is effective from today.

Dr. Matushansky joins Hookipa from Daiichi Sankyo, where he was the Global Head of Translational Development for Oncology. He led Daiichi Sankyo’s international research unit focused on early oncology therapeutic programs, strategy and development, and was accountable for development activities from post-target identification basic science research to first-in-man trials and proof-of-clinical concept. Prior to that, Dr. Matushansky was at Novartis where he was Global Head for Clinical and Scientific Development at its Gene & Cell Therapy Unit as well as a Global Clinical Program Lead within Novartis’ Oncology Translational Medicine Unit.
Before being recruited to the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Matushansky was a Professor at the Columbia University Medical Center where he ran an independent laboratory and clinic focusing on the molecular biology, translational opportunities and clinical trials in sarcomas. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor of Medical Oncology, Columbia University. He grew up in New York City where he received his undergraduate B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Columbia University. He then went on to attend the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he received his MD as well as a PhD in Molecular Biology. He performed his Internal Medicine residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center and then completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology as well as a post-doctoral research fellowship in Cancer Biology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Commenting on the appointment, Hookipa’s CEO, Mr. Joern Aldag said: “Dr. Matushansky’s valuable experience heading up R&D units at big pharma coupled with his significant immuno-oncology expertise will be transformative to Hookipa as we expand our Company from prophylactic to therapeutic immuno-oncology focused therapies. His impressive and extensive professional background makes him a perfect fit for our leadership team during an important time in our Company’s growth. I look forward to working together to achieve our goals and strategic priorities for 2017 and beyond.”

Dr. Matushansky said, “TheraT® has real potential both alone and in combination with other immune-modulators and/or targeted therapies to improve not only the current clinical outcomes but the quality of life for a wide array of cancer patients. It’s an exciting time to join the Hookipa team and I am very eager to share my experience in drug development to further its mission to help patients.”
About Hookipa Biotech
Hookipa Biotech is developing next-generation immunotherapies for infectious diseases and cancer using novel proprietary arenavirus vector platforms. To date, Hookipa has raised EUR 13.7 million in non-dilutive funds and EUR 37 million equity investment from internationally renowned venture capital investors including Sofinnova Partners, Forbion Capital Partners, Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund, Takeda Ventures and BioMedPartners. Additional information on Hookipa is available at www.hookipabiotech.com.

About Vaxwave®
Hookipa’s Vaxwave® technology presents a completely new replication-defective viral vector platform designed to overcome the limitations of current technologies. In this vector the gene encoding the viral envelope protein, normally responsible for virus entry into target cells, has been deleted and replaced with a target gene “of interest.” The resulting vectors infect target cells and stimulate very potent and long-lasting immune responses, however they can no longer replicate and are therefore non-pathogenic and inherently safe. HB-101, a cytomegalovirus (CMV) prophylactic vaccine, is in a clinical phase 1 trial and has already shown to be both safe in humans and to elicit potent antibody and T cell responses. We are confident to establish HB-101 as the best-in class CMV development program.
About TheraT®
Hookipa’s TheraT® platform is based on an attenuated replicating virus 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 > 50% antigen-specific 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.

Issued for and on behalf Hookipa Biotech AG by Instinctif Partners.
For further information please contact:

At the Company
Joern Aldag
Chief Executive Officer
Hookipa Biotech AG
Office@Hookipabiotech.com

Marine Popoff
Communications Analyst
Hookipa Biotech AG
Mpopoff@Hookipabiotech.com

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Instinctif Partners
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+44 (0)20 7866 7905

02/03/2017

Paris, France – March 2nd, 2017 — Sofinnova Partners, a leading European venture capital firm specialized in life sciences, today announced the first closing of Sofinnova Industrial Biotech I (Sofinnova IB I*) at €106 million. The fund, dedicated to renewable chemistry, follows a series of 9 investments in the sector since 2009, and places Sofinnova Partners at the forefront of this promising emerging market.

Sofinnova IB I will be invested in start-ups along the value chain from the transformation of renewable raw materials, like agricultural waste or C02, to renewable end-products such as bio-plastics and other bio-sourced materials. It will equally look at technologies coming from advances in synthetic biology and alike. The investment thesis is based on growing market demand for innovative, renewable products leveraging non-fossil raw materials and novel technologies to produce better performing or cheaper, sustainable alternatives.

Pursuing the strategy applied consistently over the years with previous funds, Sofinnova Partners will seek to invest Sofinnova IB I as a founding and lead investor in start-ups and corporate spin-offs, in Europe and North America. The focus of the fund will consist in backing visionary entrepreneurs aiming at developing paradigm changing innovations from lab to the end users market. Sofinnova IB I will seek to invest in 8 to 10 companies during the next 3 to 4 years. It will leverage an experienced and dedicated team, initially composed of Denis Lucquin, Managing Partner, Joško Bobanovic, Partner, and Michael Krel, Principal.

For this substantial first closing, Sofinnova IB I attracted premier investors, predominantly European institutions and major international industrial players, from energy, chemical and agricultural sectors, including several returning investors from the seed fund raised in 2012 in the same sector: Sofinnova Green Seed Fund.

Denis Lucquin, Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners, said, “We are very pleased with the success of this first closing. The experience accumulated since 2009 resonated well with the investors. With investments in the sector ranging from Avantium, developing an entirely bio-based plastic bottle and now planning an IPO on Euronext, to the most recent DNA Script, revolutionizing DNA synthesis, Sofinnova Partners stands as a pioneer investor, benefitting from an acute understanding of the dynamics at work in this emerging sector. With establishment of this entirely dedicated fund, we have reached today a further important step in our development in industrial biotech.”

* The Fund is supported by InnovFin Equity more details

 

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 €1.6 billion under management.
For more information, please visit: www.sofinnova.fr
Press contact for SOFINNOVA PARTNERS
Anne REIN Tel: +33 6 03 35 92 05
@: anne.rein@strategiesimage.com

28/02/2017

Investment from new and current investors will be used to advance Comet’s second-generation dextrose plant in Sarnia, Ontario
Agricultural residues to be converted into high-purity dextrose for production of sustainable bio-chemicals

London, Ontario – 28 February 2017 – Comet, an industry leader in the production of high-purity cellulosic dextrose, today announced the completion of a round of equity financing led by new investor PM Equity Partner. Current investor Sofinnova Partners and new investor Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) also participated in the financing. Terms of the financing were not disclosed.

Comet’s industrial technology converts agricultural residues into high-purity dextrose for production of sustainable bio-chemicals. Comet’s cellulosic sugar is not only cost- and quality-competitive with corn or sugarcane derived products, but importantly, it does not hamper food production and has a superior carbon footprint, improving the sustainability profile of the produced biochemical. The investment will be used to advance the commercialization of Comet’s secondgeneration sugar production platform and fund construction of the company’s previously announced 60 million pounds per year dextrose facility in Sarnia, Ontario.

“We are very pleased to announce this new round of financing, with strong support from Sofinnova Partners and our new investors. The investment reflects confidence in our low-cost, high-purity cellulosic dextrose technology and enables us to deliver on a key missing piece in the value chain – a viable source of renewable sugars from non-food biomass,” said Rich Troyer, CEO of Comet.

Joško Bobanović of Sofinnova Partners commented, “We look forward to supporting the Comet management team as they take the company and the technology to the next level. Comet’s project is now well-positioned to enable profitable production of truly commercial quantities of second-generation sugars and co-products for bio-based applications.”

In March 2016, with strong support of BIC, Comet Biorefining partnered with the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative located in Western Ontario. The Ontario farmer group plans to invest in and supply corn stover and wheat straw feedstock to Comet’s commercial plant. Sandy Marshall, Executive Director of BIC noted that “The recent investment allows us to continue to support Comet Biorefining’s mission to integrate regional supply chains with innovative new technology partners and enable Sarnia-Lambton to become a leader in the development of sustainable, bio-based products.”

About Comet Biorefining
Comet Biorefining is a leading provider of sustainable, high-quality, costcompetitive cellulosic dextrose technology for applications in renewable biochemicals and biofuels. Comet Biorefining operates a demonstration scale plant in Rotondella, Italy, owned by ENEA – the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. In February 2016, Comet Biorefining announced the construction of a 60 million pounds per year commercial sugar plant to come online in 2018. The company plans to build, own and operate its own plants and will strategically license its technology to select partners on a worldwide basis to meet the growing demand for bio-based products. For more information, visit www.cometbiorefining.com.

About Sofinnova Partners
Sofinnova Partners is an independent venture capital firm based in Paris, France.
For more than 40 years, the firm has backed nearly 500 companies at different stages of their development – pure creations, spin-offs, as well as turnaround situations – and worked alongside key entrepreneurs in the Life Sciences industry around the globe. With over €1.3 billion of funds under management, Sofinnova Partners has created market leaders with its experienced team and hands-on approach in building portfolio companies through to exit. For more information, please visit: www.sofinnova.fr

About PM Equity Partner
PM Equity Partner is the corporate venture and private equity investment arm of Philip Morris International. For more information, visit
www.pmequitypartner.com

About Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC)
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is a Canadian not-for-profit organization catalyzing the commercialization of Cleantech with a focus on bio-based and sustainable chemistry-based technologies including advanced biofuels, biochemicals, biomaterials and bio-ingredients. Based in Sarnia, Ontario, the BIC mission is to create jobs and economic value sustainably in Canada. For more information, visit www.bincanada.ca

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Sustainability Consult
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