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10/07/2018

Paris, France, July 10th. 2018. Sofinnova Partners, a leading venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences, today announced that Otsuka Holdings is acquiring its portfolio company ReCor Medical, a medical device company specialized in the treatment of hypertension. The terms of the acquisition are being withheld due to non-disclosure obligations.

ReCor Medical was created in 2009 by Sofinnova Partners, Mano Iyer – who was then entrepreneur-in-residence at Sofinnova Partners and now Chief Operating Officer of ReCor – and Professor Jacques Seguin, MD, who became a large private investor in ReCor. Prof. Seguin was previously founder and CEO of CoreValve, a past Sofinnova portfolio company and a leader in the transcatheter valve replacement space, which was sold to Medtronic. Sofinnova Partners was the sole venture capital investor in ReCor Medical and remained its largest shareholder until the sale to Otsuka.

ReCor Medical is an innovative medical device company that developed the Paradise System, a proprietary ultrasound ablation system for renal denervation (RDN). RDN is a new potential therapeutic approach for the treatment of hypertension, one of the most prevalent medical conditions. ReCor recently announced positive results of its landmark RADIANCE-HTN SOLO hypertension study at EuroPCR 2018.

Antoine Papiernik, Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners and ReCor Board Member, said: “ReCor perfectly illustrates our investment strategy: we worked hand-in-hand with Mano Iyer to create the business vision and plan for ReCor. We then founded and funded the company, and opened our network of experts, key opinion leaders and board members to help grow it. We brought trusted entrepreneurs Jay Watkins as Chairman and Andy Weiss as CEO to help guide and operate the company through to a corporate transaction to our partner Otsuka.”

Jay Watkins, Chairman of ReCor Medical said: “Sofinnova Partners remains one of few VCs willing to fund early-stage med-tech ventures targeting large and important new markets. The firm played a critical role throughout ReCor’s life, and has proven to be a reliable, value-added partner for the company. The field of renal denervation has been a complex one over the last few years with periods of euphoria and periods of doubt. Sofinnova Partners’ support remained constant throughout, helping to build a strong partnership with Otsuka and then navigate through the challenges to a very successful trade sale.”

Mano Iyer, Founder and COO of ReCor Medical added: “ReCor is a success story because Sofinnova Partners, consistent with its philosophy, saw the value of an opportunity which did not yet exist. It had the vision to create and fund the company, not only in the very beginning, but also during the critical early years. Despite the dramatic swings in the field, Sofinnova Partners’ confidence in me and in the management team was essential to keep us motivated when others lost hope. This great exit is therefore particularly sweet.”

Andrew M. Weiss, CEO of ReCor Medical adds: “I came to ReCor thanks to Antoine Papiernik’s introduction to the company. With his help, our team developed the partnership with Otsuka and was able to remain focused on value creation. The recent announcement of our positive RADIANCE-HTN SOLO study results and now the merger with Otsuka demonstrate that our teamwork with Sofinnova Partners was successful. We now have an opportunity to transform the treatment of hypertension and benefit millions of potential patients while providing a solid return for our investors. I look forward to continuing to work to make this technology a possible standard of care in hypertension treatment”.

For more information, please contact:
SOFINNOVA PARTNERS
International: Anne Rein
Tel: +33 6 03 35 92 05
e-mail: anne.rein@strategiesimage.com
United States: Kate Barrette
Tel: +1 212 223 0561
e-mail: kbarrette@rooneyco.com

About Sofinnova Partners
Sofinnova Partners is a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences. Based in Paris, France, the firm brings together 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

About ReCor Medical, Inc.
ReCor Medical is a medical device company that designs and manufactures the Paradise System, a proprietary ultrasound ablation system for renal denervation (RDN). RDN is a new potential therapeutic approach for the treatment of hypertension, one of the most prevalent medical conditions. The Paradise System is approved for sale in the EU and bears a CE mark, but is not approved for sale in the United States. The System’s intravascular catheters denervate renal nerves by combining the protection of water-based cooling of the renal artery with high intensity ultrasound energy for circumferential renal nerve ablation. The Paradise System has been studied in clinical trials of approximately 300 patients to date. Following the positive outcomes of the RADIANCE-HTN SOLO trial, ReCor will continue its evaluations of Paradise in RADIANCE-HTN TRIO (a feasibility study of patients with resistant hypertension) and REQUIRE (a pivotal study of patients with resistant hypertension in Japan and Korea), and launch the RADIANCE II pivotal study (a study of patients with moderate hypertension) in the United States and Europe.
http://www.recormedical.com/

About Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. and Otsuka Medical Devices Co., Ltd.
Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. is the holding company of the Otsuka group, a global healthcare group headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. With operations in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, medical devices and other health-related businesses, the group generated worldwide sales of JPY1,240 billion in the fiscal year ended December 2017.
http://www.otsuka.com/en/

Established in 2011, Otsuka Medical Devices Co., Ltd. is a fully-owned subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings and one of its core operating subsidiaries. Otsuka Medical Devices focuses on the development and commercialization of endovascular devices that provide new therapeutic options in areas where patient needs cannot be met through pharmaceutical or other conventional treatment.
Otsuka Medical Devices conducts the REQUIRE trial for renal denervation in hypertensive patients (n=140), who are uncontrolled on 3 or more medications including a diuretic, in Japan and Korea through its subsidiary JIMRO Co., Ltd.
http://www.omd.otsuka.com/en/

13/11/2018

Bresso (MI), Italy – November 12, 2018 – EryDel SpA (www.erydel.com), a biotech company specializing in the development and commercialization of drugs and diagnostics delivered through autologous red blood cells, today announced the appointment of Stanley J. Musial as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.
« The addition of Stan to the management team comes at a critical time as EryDel further strengthens its management team, » remarked Dr. Luca Benatti, Chief Executive Officer of EryDel. « Stan’s financial leadership and industry expertise, as well as his significant fund-raising and transactional experience, are invaluable assets, as EryDel moves its pipeline through development and ultimately to the commercial market. »

Stan has held senior financial management positions for both publicly-held and privately-held companies, becoming experienced in executing growth strategies, raising capital, and mergers and acquisitions. Stan most recently spent nearly six years as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Egalet Corporation, a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on innovative treatments for pain, which Stan took public in 2014, and was part of a team that transformed the company from development stage to revenue generation. Prior to that,
Stan held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Prism Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Strategic Diagnostics, Inc., and similar positions with other biotechnology, medical device and healthcare services companies. Stan began his career with KPMG LLP, earned an MBA in finance from Temple University and a BS degree in accounting from the Pennsylvania State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Musial commented, “EryDel has a robust platform and a diverse pipeline that should lead to multiple opportunities to address important unmet medical needs. I am excited to join the team and contribute to advancing these product candidates by pursuing financial and operational strategies that enable the company to navigate challenges successfully and achieve meaningful clinical, regulatory, and commercial milestones.”

About Ataxia Telangiectasia
Ataxia Telangiectasia (AT) is a rare genetic disease caused by biallelic mutations in the ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) gene, for which no established therapy is currently available. ATM encodes a PI3Kinase protein shown to play a pivotal role in response to DNA damage and cell cycle control. Homozygosity for ATM mutations result in a multisystemic disorder, involving mainly the nervous and immune systems. The major clinical feature of AT is severe progressive neurodegeneration from early infancy. Specific features include progressive ataxia of the trunk and limbs, involuntary movements, oculomotor apraxia, difficulties with speech and swallowing, and delayed peripheral neuropathy. Other clinical features of patients with the classical phenotype include oculocutaneous telangiectasia, immunodeficiency with recurrent respiratory tract infections, radiosensitivity and an increased incidence of cancer.

About EryDel
EryDel SpA is a biotechnology company specialized in the development of drugs delivered through red blood cells (RBCs) by using a proprietary medical device technology. Its most advanced product, EryDex System (EDS) is under late stage development for the treatment of Ataxia Telangiectasia, a rare autosomal recessive disorder for which no established therapy is currently available. EryDex has received Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of AT both from the FDA and the EMA. A completed pilot Phase II trial in AT patients demonstrated statistically significant efficacy of EDS on both the primary and secondary efficacy measures. An international multi-center, Phase III pivotal study, ATTeST, is being conducted. EryDel has a pipeline of preclinical programs that use its proprietary RBC’s delivery technology for the treatment of other rare diseases.
The ATTeST project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 667946”.
Media contact: Emanuela Germi at +39 02 36504470 or emanuela.germi@erydel.com

16/10/2018

Bresso (MI), Italy – October 15, 2018 – EryDel SpA (www.erydel.com), a biotech company specializing in the development
and commercialization of drugs and diagnostics delivered through autologous red blood cells, today announced the
appointment of Ronan W. Gannon as Chief Commercial Officer, effective immediately.
“I am pleased to welcome Ronan to EryDel,” said Dr. Luca Benatti, Chief Executive Officer of EryDel. Ronan’s commercial
expertise in rare diseases and blood products will be critical as we advance our comprehensive development program
for EryDex, including our pivotal Phase 3 clinical study (ATTeST) in Ataxia Telangiectasia and seek to transition EryDel
from a late-stage research and development company to a commercial-stage organization. We look forward to his
contribution as a member of our leadership team.”
Ronan brings more than 25 years of industry experience across large, midsize and startup life science companies. Before
joining EryDel, Ronan led global commercial operations at Radius Health, where he helped transform the company from
a late-stage development startup into a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company. Prior to that, Ronan spent ten
years at CSL Behring where he held several leadership roles including US Vice President Marketing and North America
general management roles in the US and Canada. During his tenure at CSL Behring he launched six orphan drugs. Prior
to CSL, Ronan led sales and marketing teams at Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, and GlaxoSmithKline across several therapeutic
areas including biologicals, oncology, and asthma. He received an MBA from Northeastern University, a BA from the
University of Richmond and holds alumni status from the Harvard Business School.
« I am delighted to join EryDel as the company begins planning for the commercialization of EryDex,“ said Mr. Gannon.
“EryDel has played a significant role in developing an innovative treatment for Ataxia Telangiectasia, a life-threatening
disease. I look forward to working with the team to continue ongoing community and market development efforts, and
to advance a robust commercialization strategy for the launch of EryDex.”

About Ataxia Telangiectasia
Ataxia Telangiectasia (AT) is a rare genetic disease caused by biallelic mutations in the ataxia telangiectasia mutated
(ATM) gene, for which no established therapy is currently available. ATM encodes a PI3Kinase protein shown to play a
pivotal role in response to DNA damage and cell cycle control. Homozygosity for ATM mutations result in a multi-systemic
disorder, involving mainly the nervous and immune systems. The major clinical feature of AT is severe progressive
neurodegeneration from early infancy. Specific features include progressive ataxia of the trunk and limbs, involuntary
movements, oculomotor apraxia, difficulties with speech and swallowing, and delayed peripheral neuropathy. Other
clinical features of patients with the classical phenotype include oculocutaneous telangiectasia, immunodeficiency with
recurrent respiratory tract infections, radiosensitivity and an increased incidence of cancer.

About EryDel
EryDel SpA is a biotechnology company specialized in the development of drugs delivered through red blood cells (RBCs)
by using a proprietary medical device technology. Its most advanced product, EryDex System (EDS) is under late stage
development for the treatment of Ataxia Telangiectasia, a rare autosomal recessive disorder for which no established
therapy is currently available. EryDex has received Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of AT both from the FDA
and the EMA. A completed pilot Phase II trial in AT patients demonstrated statistically significant efficacy of EDS on both
the primary and secondary efficacy measures. An international multi-center, Phase III pivotal study, ATTeST, is being
conducted. EryDel has a pipeline of preclinical programs that use its proprietary RBC’s delivery technology for the
treatment of other rare diseases.
The ATTeST project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under grant agreement No 667946”.
Media contact: Emanuela Germi at +39 02 36504470 or emanuela.germi@erydel.com

08/10/2018

– Fast-emerging area of research with potential to treat severe diseases including cancer and autoimmune conditions
– Company’s proprietary science supported by drug discovery expertise within GSK

Oxford, UK – 8 October 2018 – Sitryx, a new biopharmaceutical company focused on regulating cell metabolism to develop disease-modifying therapeutics in immuno-oncology and immuno-inflammation, today announces it has closed its Series A financing round. The company, founded with seed funding from SV Health investors, raised a total of $30 million from a syndicate of specialist international healthcare investors co-led by SV Health Investors and Sofinnova Partners and that also included Longwood Fund and the global healthcare company GSK. The investment will be used to develop disease-modifying therapies in immuno-oncology and immuno-inflammation.
Immunometabolism is a fast-emerging area of investigation into the role of metabolic pathways in immune cell function. Changes to these pathways have been shown to be pivotal in the development of a number of severe diseases, including a range of cancer and autoimmune conditions. Correcting immune cell function and/or inhibiting tumour cell growth through immunometabolic therapies have the potential to be key, complementary and highly differentiated approaches to treating disease.
Sitryx is leveraging the world-leading scientific expertise of its founders in the field of immunometabolism to address a broad range of immunometabolic targets. Through differentiated chemistry approaches, including small molecules, proteolysis targeting chimera (PROTACS) and topical formulations, Sitryx has built a portfolio of projects addressing oncology and immuno-inflammatory indications. Sitryx’s proprietary science is supported through close working with GSK’s drug discovery and chemistry experts. This includes access to certain GSK technologies and the licensing of intellectual property, including chemical matter, from GSK. GSK’s interest in Sitryx arose from work within the Immunology Network, a unique open collaboration initiative connecting GSK to the work of academic scientists and their novel immunology research.
Sitryx was co-founded by a team of world-leading scientists from the United States and Europe, who have contributed significantly to the field. Co-founders comprise Houman Ashrafian, Partner at SV Health Investors; Luke O’Neill, Professor of Biochemistry, School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin; Jonathan Powell, Professor of Oncology and Associate Director, Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, Johns Hopkins University; Jeff Rathmell, Professor of Cancer Biology and Director, Vanderbilt Center for Immunobiology; Michael Rosenblum, Assistant Professor, UCSF School of Medicine; and Paul Peter Tak, former Chief Immunology Officer and Senior Vice President at GSK and Professor of Medicine at Amsterdam University Medical Centre.
Sitryx has recruited a team of highly experienced drug discovery and development leaders including CEO Neil Weir, formerly SVP Discovery at UCB Pharma.
Neil Weir, Chief Executive Officer of Sitryx, said: “Immunometabolism is an extremely exciting and compelling scientific area and, at Sitryx, we have seen that modulation of these key cellular pathways has broad therapeutic potential across multiple disorders with unmet medical need, particularly in the areas of immuno-oncology and immuno-inflammation. We are delighted to welcome leading specialist investors to the company, which further validates the strength of our scientific expertise and ambitions.
Together with our proprietary chemistry, deep biological insights and world leading team of immunometabolism experts, Sitryx is well positioned to become a leader in immunometabolism.”
Richard Aldrich, General Partner of Longwood Fund, said: “We’re excited about our investment in Sitryx and their world class team. The Sitryx immunometabolism platform has the potential to yield major breakthroughs in inflammation and oncology.”
Houman Ashrafian, SV Health Investors, said: “This significant fundraise is clear validation of Sitryx’s expertise and ambitions in the fast-emerging area of immunometabolism. We’re very pleased to be able to support Sitryx at this exciting time and will follow the team’s scientific progress with interest.”
Maina Bhaman, Sofinnova Partners, said: “Sitryx represents an exciting opportunity in the promising area of immunometabolism and we are extremely pleased to invest in Sitryx and look forward to supporting the management team as it establishes Sitryx as a leader in the development of disease-modifying therapeutics in immuno-oncology and immuno-inflammation.”
John Lepore, Senior Vice President Research, GSK, said: “Immunology is at the heart of GSK’s new approach to R&D. Through our Immunology Network, we believe the emerging field of immunometabolism that Sitryx is focusing on has the potential to bring new therapeutic opportunities to patients for a broad range of diseases including cancer. Our investment in Sitryx will allow us to access this exciting science through working closely with world-renowned academic scientists in an open collaborative way.”

For more information about Sitryx please contact:
Consilium Strategic Communications
Mary-Jane Elliott, David Daley, Melissa Gardiner
+44 (0)20 3709 5700
sitryx@consilium-comms.com

About Sitryx
Sitryx is a biopharmaceutical company focused on regulating cell metabolism to develop disease-modifying therapeutics in immuno-oncology and immuno-inflammation.
The field of immunometabolism is a rapidly emerging and exciting area and offers new insights into the role of intracellular metabolism in regulation of the immune response.
The energetic status of cells has been shown to be pivotal in controlling the behaviour of disease-associated cells in immuno-oncology and immuno-inflammation. Correcting immune cell function and/or inhibiting tumour cell growth through targeting metabolic pathways has the potential to deliver new complementary and highly differentiated approaches to treat a wide range of severe diseases.
Sitryx’s proprietary science is led by a highly experienced management team, supported by GSK’s drug discovery experience and world class academic founders. Sitryx was founded by six world-leading researchers in the field of immunology and metabolism including Houman Ashrafian, Luke O’Neill, Jonathan Powell, Jeff Rathmell, Michael Rosenblum and Paul Peter Tak. Together they have published
more than 1,000 papers in the field, making multiple key breakthroughs in our understanding of how critical energetic status is to the behaviour of immune cells and in the broader field of immunology.
In 2018, Sitryx raised $30 million Series A funding from an international syndicate of specialist investors including SV Health Investors, Sofinnova Partners, Longwood Fund and GSK. The company has a pipeline of projects at multiple stages of drug discovery. Sitryx is headquartered in Oxford, UK. For more information, please visit www.sitryx.com

02/10/2018

• The study demonstrated the safety and tolerability of its lead compound in patients suffering from septic shock

Paris, October 1st. 2018. Inotrem S.A., a biotechnology focused on the modulation of the TREM pathway for the management of inflammatory syndromes, announced positive results for its Phase IIa study that demonstrated the safety and tolerability of its lead product candidate, nangibotide (LR12), in septic shock patients. The results were presented today at the annual congress of the International Sepsis Forum in Bangkok.
Septic shock is the ultimate complication of sepsis and currently constitutes an unmet medical need. The incidence of septic shock continuously raises and mortality remains elevated (35%) in developed countries. There is currently no specific therapy approved for this indication besides antibiotics and symptomatic agents, and Inotrem’s solution has the potential to become the first mechanism-based treatment for septic shock. Nangibotide is developed by Inotrem and is based on a novel approach of immunomodulation: it specifically targets the TREM-1 pathway which is crucial mediator of the septic shock.
The reported study was an 11-months multicenter phase IIa clinical trial with 49 patients suffering from septic shock enrolled in four European countries (Belgium, France, The Netherlands and Spain). The results bring positive data on the safety and tolerability of Inotrem’s lead product candidate, nangibotide, in septic shock patients. The study also showed that nangibotide treatment provided consistent trends in a more favorable evolution of biological and clinical activity markers in the subgroup of patients with soluble TREM-1 levels above median at entry. These results support Inotrem’s personalized medicine approach: using soluble TREM-1 level in blood as a potential biomarker for the identification of patients who will most likely benefit from nangibotide treatment. The results from this clinical trial reinforce previous preclinical and clinical findings, in particular about the safety, biological and clinical activity of nangibotide and the use of sTREM-1 as a companion biomarker for patient selection. Consequently, the company intends to launch in 2019 a Phase IIb study, with the aim to bring a strong proof of clinical activity of nangibotide in septic shock patients.
Jean-Jacques Garaud, CEO of Inotrem said: “These results are very encouraging for septic shock patients and confirms the therapeutic potential of our novel personalized approach based on immunomodulation targeting the TREM-1 pathway.”
Bruno François, MD, from the Limoges University Hospital, Coordinating Investigator of the study, added: “These positive data open promising and interesting prospects on a severe and often life-threatening disease, that currently has no approved targeted therapy”.
Inotrem previously announced it was granted access to EMA’s priority medicines scheme (PRIME) for its lead compound nangibotide (LR12) in the treatment of septic shock. In parallel, Inotrem is developing in partnership with Roche Diagnostics a quantitative assay for the biomarker sTREM-1, paving the way to a personalized healthcare approach in critical care medicine.

Media contact for Inotrem
Anne REIN | S&I | anne.rein@strategiesimage.com | +33 6 03 35 92 05
For more information about Inotrem’s Phase 2a study, please refer to the abstract published in Intensive Care Medicine Experimental: Safety and pharmacodynamic activity of a novel TREM-1 pathway inhibitory peptide in septic shock patients phase IIa clinical trial results, Bruno François et al, Intensive Care Medicine Experimental 2018, 6(Suppl 1): P1.

About Nangibotide
Nangibotide is the formulation of the active ingredient LR12, which is a 12 amino-acid peptide prepared by chemical synthesis. LR12 is a specific TREM-1 inhibitor, acting as a decoy receptor and interfering in the binding of TREM-1 and its ligand. TREM-1 pathway is an amplification loop of the immune response that triggers an exuberant and hyperactivated immune state which is responsible for the onset and progression of sepsis. In preclinical septic shock models, nangibotide was able to restore appropriate inflammatory response, vascular function, and improved animals’ survival post septic shock.

About Inotrem
Inotrem S.A. is a biotechnology company specialized in for the control of acute inflammatory syndromes, such as septic shock. The company has developed a new concept of immunomodulation that targets the TREM-1 pathway to control unbalanced inflammatory responses. Through its proprietary technology platform, Inotrem has developed the first-in-class TREM-1 inhibitor, LR12 (nangibotide), with applications in a number of therapeutic indications such as septic shock and myocardial infarction. In parallel, Inotrem has also launched another program to develop a new therapeutic modality targeting chronic inflammatory diseases. The company was founded in 2013 by Dr. Jean-Jacques Garaud, a former head of research and early development at the Roche Group, Prof. Sébastien Gibot and Dr. Marc Derive. Inotrem is supported by leading European investors — Sofinnova Partners, Andera Partners (previously Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners), Biomed Invest and Inserm Transfert Initiative.
www.inotrem.com

12/09/2018

LEIDEN, Netherlands and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 11, 2018 — ProQR Therapeutics N.V. (Nasdaq:PRQR), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to changing lives through the creation of transformative RNA medicines for the treatment of severe genetic rare diseases, today announced the closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering of 6,612,500 ordinary shares at a price to the public of $15.75 per share. The closing included the full exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase 862,500 additional ordinary shares at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions. Gross proceeds from the offering totaled approximately $104.1 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses.
Citigroup, Evercore ISI and RBC Capital Markets acted as joint bookrunners for the offering. H.C. Wainwright & Co. and Chardan acted as co-managers for the offering. Kempen & Co acted as the Company’s European financial advisor in relation to this offering.
A shelf registration statement relating to the offered ordinary shares was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on October 2, 2015, which was declared effective on October 19, 2015. A prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus related to the offering have been filed with the SEC and are available on the SEC’s website, located at www.sec.gov. Copies of the final prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, or by telephone at (800) 831-9146; Evercore ISI, Attention: Equity Capital Markets, 55 East 52nd Street, 36th Floor, New York, NY 10055, or by telephone at (888) 474-0200 or by email at ecm.prospectus@evercore.com; or RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Attention: Equity Syndicate, 200 Vesey Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10281, or by telephone at (877) 822-4089, or by email at equityprospectus@rbccm.com.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy these securities nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

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 Leber’s congenital amaurosis 10, dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa and cystic fibrosis. Based on our unique proprietary RNA repair platform technologies we are growing our pipeline with patients and loved ones in mind.
*Since 2012*

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

18/07/2018

• First and only technology platform to systematically identify and target “hotspots” – a unique family of allosteric sites used by nature to regulate protein function
• Financing co-led by founding investors Atlas Venture and Sofinnova Partners

Cambridge, Mass., July 17, 2018 – HotSpot Therapeutics, a new biotechnology company targeting nature’s regulatory hotspots to discover and develop first-in-class medicines, today announced the completion of a $45 million Series A financing. “Regulatory hotspots” are a unique family of allosteric sites used by nature to regulate protein function and HotSpot is the first company to systematically harness these sites for drug discovery.

“HotSpot is targeting natural regulatory sites on proteins that evolution has perfected over many millions of years. This allows us to create medicines that work through exactly the same mechanisms, offering the same degree of precision and potency,” said Jonathan Montagu, CEO and co-founder of HotSpot Therapeutics. “Regulatory hotspots offer a privileged subset of allosteric sites that remain unexplored for drug discovery and represent a major opportunity to create first-in-class medicines across multiple disease areas.”

New Approach to Allosteric Drug Discovery

Conventional drug discovery involves targeting the active site of a protein to control protein function and has been limited in its ability to address many diseases safely and effectively. In contrast, regulatory hotspots are unique pockets on a protein, located remotely from the active site, that are both essential for protein function and entirely unique to each target. As a result, molecules designed to target regulatory hotspots are highly selective and potent.

“At HotSpot, we have developed the first and only technology platform to identify regulatory hotspots systematically across the entire proteome. We then apply novel chemistry to design the first small molecules targeting the hotspot,” said Geraldine Harriman, PhD., Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder. “For proteins without active sites, regulatory hotspots may offer the only way to rationally drug the target. This allows us to expand the breadth of disease pathways that are accessible to intervention.”

First and Only Technology Platform for Regulatory Hotspots

A specialized technology platform enables HotSpot to identify, validate, and design novel chemistries targeting regulatory hotspots. HotSpot’s proprietary SpotFinder™ integrates structural, druggability, and functional insights to uncover proteins with regulatory hotspots. Tailored chemical probes and engineered proteins are then used to validate the role of the hotspot site. Finally, HotSpot’s bespoke chemical and fragment libraries are screened, using state-of-the-art computational and biophysics techniques, to generate novel drug candidates targeting regulatory hotspots. Each step in the process involves technologies or capabilities that have been custom designed for hotspot drug discovery.

Backed by Atlas Venture and Sofinnova Partners

“HotSpot’s elegant and systematic approach to allostery, focused uniquely on regulatory hotspots, sets it apart from everything else we have seen in the field. From the outset, we knew that regulatory hotspots were critical to protein function and now we see vividly that the known footprint of the natural protein ligand accelerates our chemistry efforts,” said Bruce Booth, DPhil, Chairman of HotSpot Therapeutics and co-founding investor. “HotSpot is changing the way allosteric drug discovery is conducted in a profound way and Atlas is very excited about the launch of this company.”

To date, HotSpot has identified regulatory hotspots in over 100 proteins spanning many pathways and diseases of pharmaceutical interest. The company’s first wave of pipeline agents include novel compounds targeting PKC-theta, which plays an important role in multiple autoimmune diseases, and S6 kinase, a metabolic enzyme involved in regulating hepatic insulin sensitivity and mitochondrial function and an important new target for NASH, metabolic, and mitochondrial diseases.

“The HotSpot team had previously pioneered turning regulatory hotspots for specific targets into development-stage medicines. Now they are well-positioned to systematically scale up and apply this new type of drug discovery to a large number of drug targets,” commented Graziano Seghezzi, HotSpot Director, Partner at Sofinnova Partners, and co-founding investor. “Given the team’s proven track record, we were not surprised to see HotSpot make incredible progress in a very short period of time. In just over 12 months, the team delivered the first and only hotspot allosteric inhibitors for a series of important but previously undrugged targets.”

HotSpot has assembled an experienced team of scientists and industry experts with a strong track record of bringing new thinking to complex drug discovery challenges. HotSpot was founded in 2017 by Jonathan Montagu and Geraldine Harriman, PhD., following their success at Nimbus Therapeutics with the hotspot-directed ACC program. Its Board of Directors include Bruce Booth, DPhil, chairman and Partner at Atlas Venture and Graziano Seghezzi, Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners.

About HotSpot Therapeutics
HotSpot Therapeutics is targeting nature’s regulatory mechanisms to create allosteric medicines that exhibit high precision and potency. HotSpot’s proprietary SpotFinderTM technology platform is the first and only technology platform to systematically identify and target “regulatory hotspots” – a unique family of allosteric sites used by nature to regulate protein function. Using bespoke chemistry approaches, HotSpot is developing a pipeline of first-in-class medicines for treatment of serious autoimmune and metabolic diseases. The company has identified over 100 regulatory hotspots across a range of proteins and pathways. HotSpot’s lead compounds include the first and only allosteric inhibitors to target PKC-theta, for autoimmune diseases, and S6 kinase, an immunometabolic enzyme involved in the regulation of hepatic insulin sensitivity and mitochondrial function – an important new target for NASH and metabolic diseases. HotSpot has raised $45MM from leading life-science investors including Atlas Venture and Sofinnova Partners. To learn more visit www.hotspotthera.com.

About Atlas Venture
Atlas Venture is a leading biotech venture capital firm. With the goal of doing well by doing good, the company has been building breakthrough biotech startups since 1993. Atlas works side by side with exceptional scientists and entrepreneurs to translate high impact science into medicines for patients. Our seed-led venture creation strategy rigorously selects and focuses investment on the most compelling opportunities to build scalable businesses and realize value. For more information, please visit www.atlasventure.com.

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

Media Contact:
Lissette Steele
Verge Scientific Communications
202.930.4762
lsteele@vergescientific.com

10/07/2018

Le programme de Recherche et Développement (R&D) CALYPSO, dont le budget total s’élève à 25 millions d’euros sur 4 ans, est financé à hauteur de 14 millions d’euros par le Programme d’Investissements d’avenir, piloté par le Secrétariat Général pour l’Investissement (SGPI) et opéré par Bpifrance.

Le programme CALYPSO a l’ambition d’optimiser puis de valider en clinique le dispositif CorWave Neptune, une assistance cardiaque totale implantable (Left Ventricular Assist Device ou « LVAD ») au comportement physiologique, devant réduire le risque de complications associées aux LVAD existants et destinée aux patients souffrant d’insuffisance cardiaque sévère. L’insuffisance cardiaque est impliquée dans un décès sur dix en France. Cette maladie chronique peut être mortelle, avec près d’un patient sur deux qui décède dans les cinq ans suivant le diagnostic. Le nombre de patients touchés par l’insuffisance cardiaque augmente avec le vieillissement et la sédentarité de la population.

Louis de Lillers, Directeur Général de CorWave, chef de file du projet CALYPSO : « Nous nous réjouissons de pouvoir mettre en place, grâce au soutien financier de Bpifrance et du Gouvernement, des partenariats d’envergure avec des hôpitaux universitaires d’excellence. Le programme CALYPSO renforce considérablement les moyens déployés pour mener les études précliniques et cliniques préalables à la commercialisation de Neptune, une pompe d’assistance cardiaque au plus près du fonctionnement physiologique du cœur. Ce programme va aider CorWave à transformer sa technologie de rupture en avantage concurrentiel durable pour bâtir en France un leader mondial de l’assistance cardiaque, un marché qui pèse déjà près d’un milliard de dollars de ventes annuelles ».

Professeur Pascal Leprince, chef de service de chirurgie cardiaque et thoracique à l’hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière AP-HP et Professeur à la faculté de médecine de Sorbonne Université : « Avec sa technologie de rupture, CorWave est a priori capable de générer du débit pulsé, proche de la physiologie, réduisant les complications graves associées aux pompes à débit continu. Nous sommes impatients de pouvoir mener les essais cliniques avec des patients porteurs de LVAD au sein de nos équipes en collaboration avec les équipes de recherche de l’IHU-ICAN et les équipes médicales du CHU de Lille. »

Professeur Sophie Susen, chef de service hémostase et transfusion au CHU de Lille et Professeur à la faculté de médecine Université de Lille : « Nous sommes enthousiastes à l’idée de participer au développement de la pompe CorWave Neptune au travers de nos modèles expérimentaux et de notre expertise en hémostase permettant de mieux appréhender et, nous l’espérons, maîtriser le risque de saignement, inhérent au fonctionnement des pompes rotatives actuelles. La collaboration avec l’hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière AP-HP et le LadHyX est l’opportunité de créer une dynamique transversale française qui en plus de soutenir le développement de CorWave permettra de faire évoluer la compréhension des saignements associés aux assistances circulatoires. »

Le consortium CALYPSO est conduit par CorWave, chef de file du projet, et regroupe :

  • CorWave, société française de haute technologie qui développe des pompes cardiaques implantables innovantes, en utilisant une technologie de rupture, la membrane ondulante. Cette technologie brevetée, inspirée par la nature, est capable de reproduire un pouls et des vitesses d’écoulement du sang similaires à ceux d’un cœur sain, devant ainsi réduire les risques de complications associées aux pompes actuelles. Soutenue par des investisseurs de renom et lauréate de nombreux prix récompensant son caractère innovateur, CorWave a été identifiée avec un potentiel de société d’hyper croissance.
    L’hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière AP-HP est l’un des trois premiers centres mondiaux de transplantation cardiaque et un centre d’assistance cardiaque reconnu mondialement, premier centre implanteur de LVAD en France.
  • Le CHU de Lille est un centre de référence pour la maladie de Willebrand et est mondialement reconnu pour son expertise en hémostase, en particulier l’évaluation du risque hémorragique chez les patients porteurs de dispositifs cardiaques implantables. Cette équipe est la première à avoir décrit les liens entre anomalies de flux et biologie sanguine dans une publication parue dans le New England Journal of Medicine en 2003.
    Le consortium s’appuiera également sur l’institut de cardiométabolisme et nutrition (IHU-ICAN), dans le cadre des études cliniques menées avec les équipes de l’hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière AP-HP, et sur l’ INSERM en interface avec le CHU de Lille. Il bénéficiera par ailleurs de l’expertise de la société eDevice, spécialisée dans le développement de solutions de télémédecine, et du LadHyX, laboratoire d’hydrodynamique de l’Ecole Polytechnique, qui interviendra en soutien pour les problématiques de biomécanique des fluides avec le CHU de Lille.

CorWave, chef de file du programme CALYPSO, va maintenant coordonner l’ensemble des activités de R&D et d’investigations cliniques du projet et est garante de sa bonne exécution.

Le programme CALYPSO intègre tous les stades de développement de la pompe d’assistance cardiaque Neptune, ainsi que le soutien scientifique et clinique essentiel pour mener ce dispositif au marquage CE. L’amélioration du ratio bénéfice-risque lié aux LVAD via l’optimisation des paramètres de fonctionnement de Neptune au cours du programme doit permettre de réduire les complications et de pouvoir proposer cette thérapie efficace à une population de patients plus large.

Le programme CALYPSO va contribuer à donner les moyens à CorWave de garder son avance technologique, et de renforcer son impact en clinique, en améliorant fortement la thérapie et la prise en charge des patients porteurs de LVAD.

A propos de CorWave
CorWave est une société française qui développe des dispositifs d’assistance cardiaque innovants. La membrane ondulante CorWave est une technologie de rupture qui se distingue de celle des LVADs aujourd’hui commercialisés par son fonctionnement physiologique, capable notamment de reproduire un pouls et des vitesses d’écoulement du sang similaires à ceux d’un cœur sain. En définitive, la technologie de pompe à membrane de CorWave devrait réduire les complications associées aux dispositifs actuels et améliorer la prise en charge des patients souffrant d’insuffisance cardiaque, un marché potentiel de plusieurs milliards d’euros.
Fondée en 2011 par l’incubateur MD Start et soutenue par des investisseurs de renom parmi lesquels Bpifrance, Novo Seeds, Seventure, Sofinnova et Ysios, CorWave a obtenu plus de 20 millions d’euros de financements et emploie plus de 50 personnes.
Pour plus d’informations : www.corwave.com

A propos de Bpifrance
Bpifrance finance les entreprises – à chaque étape de leur développement – en crédit, en garantie et en fonds propres. Bpifrance les accompagne dans leurs projets d’innovation et à l’international. Bpifrance assure aussi, désormais leur activité export à travers une large gamme de produits. Conseil, université, mise en réseau et programme d’accélération à destination des startups, des PME et des ETI font également partie de l’offre proposée aux entrepreneurs. Grâce à Bpifrance et ses 48 implantations régionales, les entrepreneurs bénéficient d’un interlocuteur proche, unique et efficace pour les accompagner à faire face à leurs défis.
Plus d’information sur : www.bpifrance.fr /presse.bpifrance.fr Suivez-nous sur Twitter : @Bpifrance – @BpifrancePresse

A propos de l’AP-HP
L’AP-HP est un centre hospitalier universitaire, acteur majeur de la recherche clinique en France et en Europe mondialement reconnu. Ses 39 hôpitaux accueillent chaque année 10 millions de personnes malades : en consultation, en urgence, lors d’hospitalisations programmées ou en hospitalisation à domicile. Elle assure un service public de santé pour tous, 24h/24, et c’est pour elle à la fois un devoir et une fierté. L’AP-HP est le premier employeur d’Île-de-France : 95 000 personnes – médecins, chercheurs, paramédicaux, personnels administratifs et ouvriers – y travaillent.
Pour plus d’informations : www.aphp.fr

A propos du Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir
Doté de 57 milliards d’euros, le Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (PIA), piloté par le Secrétariat général pour l’investissement, a été mis en place par l’État pour financer des investissements innovants et prometteurs sur le territoire. Six priorités nationales ont ainsi été identifiées afin de permettre à la France d’augmenter son potentiel de croissance et d’emplois :

  • l’enseignement supérieur, la recherche et la formation,
  • la valorisation de la recherche et le transfert au monde économique,
  • le développement durable,
  • l’industrie et les PME,
  • l’économie numérique,
  • la santé et les biotechnologies.
  • Le troisième volet du PIA, le PIA3, s’inscrit dans le cadre du Grand Plan d’Investissement (GPI) présenté par le Premier ministre le 25 septembre 2017.

Pour en savoir plus sur les investissements d’avenir : http://www.gouvernement.fr/secretariat-general-pour-l-investissement-sgpi
Twitter : @SGPI_avenir

A propos du CHU de Lille
Le CHU de Lille figure parmi les plus grands établissements hospitalo-universitaires de France, réunissant une communauté de plus de 16 000 professionnels dont l’expertise pluridisciplinaire dans le domaine des soins, de la recherche, de l’innovation est reconnue sur le plan international. Le CHU de Lille se positionne parmi les premiers CHU de France pour la qualité de sa recherche et s’investit sur six thématiques de recherche phares : Cancer – Neurosciences – Inflammation, infection et immunité – Maladies métaboliques et cardiovasculaires – Longévité – Prévention.

Contacts presse :

CorWave
Florence Portejoie
FP2COM
+ 33 (0) 6 07 76 82 83
fportejoie@fp2com.fr

Bpifrance
Annelot Huijgen
01 41 79 94 48
annelot.huijgen@bpifrance.fr

Secrétariat Général pour l’Investissement
Vincent Deshayes
06 98 60 55 31
Vincent.deshayes@pm.gouv.fr

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10/07/2018

Paris, France, July 10th. 2018. Sofinnova Partners, a leading venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences, today announced that Otsuka Holdings is acquiring its portfolio company ReCor Medical, a medical device company specialized in the treatment of hypertension. The terms of the acquisition are being withheld due to non-disclosure obligations.

ReCor Medical was created in 2009 by Sofinnova Partners, Mano Iyer – who was then entrepreneur-in-residence at Sofinnova Partners and now Chief Operating Officer of ReCor – and Professor Jacques Seguin, MD, who became a large private investor in ReCor. Prof. Seguin was previously founder and CEO of CoreValve, a past Sofinnova portfolio company and a leader in the transcatheter valve replacement space, which was sold to Medtronic. Sofinnova Partners was the sole venture capital investor in ReCor Medical and remained its largest shareholder until the sale to Otsuka.

ReCor Medical is an innovative medical device company that developed the Paradise System, a proprietary ultrasound ablation system for renal denervation (RDN). RDN is a new potential therapeutic approach for the treatment of hypertension, one of the most prevalent medical conditions. ReCor recently announced positive results of its landmark RADIANCE-HTN SOLO hypertension study at EuroPCR 2018.

Antoine Papiernik, Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners and ReCor Board Member, said: “ReCor perfectly illustrates our investment strategy: we worked hand-in-hand with Mano Iyer to create the business vision and plan for ReCor. We then founded and funded the company, and opened our network of experts, key opinion leaders and board members to help grow it. We brought trusted entrepreneurs Jay Watkins as Chairman and Andy Weiss as CEO to help guide and operate the company through to a corporate transaction to our partner Otsuka.”

Jay Watkins, Chairman of ReCor Medical said: “Sofinnova Partners remains one of few VCs willing to fund early-stage med-tech ventures targeting large and important new markets. The firm played a critical role throughout ReCor’s life, and has proven to be a reliable, value-added partner for the company. The field of renal denervation has been a complex one over the last few years with periods of euphoria and periods of doubt. Sofinnova Partners’ support remained constant throughout, helping to build a strong partnership with Otsuka and then navigate through the challenges to a very successful trade sale.”

Mano Iyer, Founder and COO of ReCor Medical added: “ReCor is a success story because Sofinnova Partners, consistent with its philosophy, saw the value of an opportunity which did not yet exist. It had the vision to create and fund the company, not only in the very beginning, but also during the critical early years. Despite the dramatic swings in the field, Sofinnova Partners’ confidence in me and in the management team was essential to keep us motivated when others lost hope. This great exit is therefore particularly sweet.”

Andrew M. Weiss, CEO of ReCor Medical adds: “I came to ReCor thanks to Antoine Papiernik’s introduction to the company. With his help, our team developed the partnership with Otsuka and was able to remain focused on value creation. The recent announcement of our positive RADIANCE-HTN SOLO study results and now the merger with Otsuka demonstrate that our teamwork with Sofinnova Partners was successful. We now have an opportunity to transform the treatment of hypertension and benefit millions of potential patients while providing a solid return for our investors. I look forward to continuing to work to make this technology a possible standard of care in hypertension treatment”.

For more information, please contact:
SOFINNOVA PARTNERS
International: Anne Rein
Tel: +33 6 03 35 92 05
e-mail: anne.rein@strategiesimage.com
United States: Kate Barrette
Tel: +1 212 223 0561
e-mail: kbarrette@rooneyco.com

About Sofinnova Partners
Sofinnova Partners is a leading European venture capital firm specialized in Life Sciences. Based in Paris, France, the firm brings together 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

About ReCor Medical, Inc.
ReCor Medical is a medical device company that designs and manufactures the Paradise System, a proprietary ultrasound ablation system for renal denervation (RDN). RDN is a new potential therapeutic approach for the treatment of hypertension, one of the most prevalent medical conditions. The Paradise System is approved for sale in the EU and bears a CE mark, but is not approved for sale in the United States. The System’s intravascular catheters denervate renal nerves by combining the protection of water-based cooling of the renal artery with high intensity ultrasound energy for circumferential renal nerve ablation. The Paradise System has been studied in clinical trials of approximately 300 patients to date. Following the positive outcomes of the RADIANCE-HTN SOLO trial, ReCor will continue its evaluations of Paradise in RADIANCE-HTN TRIO (a feasibility study of patients with resistant hypertension) and REQUIRE (a pivotal study of patients with resistant hypertension in Japan and Korea), and launch the RADIANCE II pivotal study (a study of patients with moderate hypertension) in the United States and Europe.
http://www.recormedical.com/

About Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. and Otsuka Medical Devices Co., Ltd.
Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. is the holding company of the Otsuka group, a global healthcare group headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. With operations in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, medical devices and other health-related businesses, the group generated worldwide sales of JPY1,240 billion in the fiscal year ended December 2017.
http://www.otsuka.com/en/

Established in 2011, Otsuka Medical Devices Co., Ltd. is a fully-owned subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings and one of its core operating subsidiaries. Otsuka Medical Devices focuses on the development and commercialization of endovascular devices that provide new therapeutic options in areas where patient needs cannot be met through pharmaceutical or other conventional treatment.
Otsuka Medical Devices conducts the REQUIRE trial for renal denervation in hypertensive patients (n=140), who are uncontrolled on 3 or more medications including a diuretic, in Japan and Korea through its subsidiary JIMRO Co., Ltd.
http://www.omd.otsuka.com/en/

03/07/2018

Cambridge, UK, 2 July 2018 – Crescendo Biologics Ltd (Crescendo), the drug developer of novel, targeted T-cell engaging therapeutics, today announces that Igor Matushansky, MD, PhD, has been appointed as Non-Executive Director of the Company with immediate effect.

Igor is currently Chief Medical Officer and Global Head of R&D at Hookipa Biotech AG (Hookipa), a clinical stage immuno-therapy biotech. Prior to Hookipa, Igor was the Global Head of Translational Development for Oncology at Daiichi Sankyo, where he focused on early oncology therapeutic programmes, strategy and development. Prior to that, Igor was at Novartis where he was the 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 moving into the pharmaceutical industry in 2010, Igor 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 Igor is an Adjunct Professor of Medical Oncology at Columbia University.
He previously received his MD and PhD in Molecular Biology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He performed his Internal Medicine residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center and then completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology and a post-doctoral research fellowship in Cancer Biology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Kevin Johnson, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Crescendo Biologics, said:
“Igor has led oncology R&D units at large pharma companies, Daiichi Sankyo and Novartis, as well as at biotech, Hookipa. He has unique immuno-oncology expertise which makes him the ideal addition to the Board. With this appointment, Crescendo has further strengthened its expertise in clinical development and its position at the forefront of next generation immuno-oncology therapy companies.”
Igor Matushansky, Non-Executive Director, also commented:
“Crescendo is developing a very exciting and novel class of targeted biologics that hold real promise in the treatment of solid tumours. These multi-specific, minimally-sized Humabody® products are highly differentiated from conventional antibodies and have the potential to revolutionise cancer medicine. Crescendo’s recent $70 million Series B enables it to drive its lead programmes into the clinic and I look forward to being part of this real success story.”

For more information, please contact:
Crescendo Biologics 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

About Crescendo Biologics
Crescendo Biologics is a biopharmaceutical company developing potent, truly differentiated Humabody® therapeutics in oncology with a focus on innovative targeted T-cell approaches.
Leading 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 re-configured 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 bio-distribution. 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, Andera Partners, IP Group, Takeda Ventures, Quan Capital, Astellas and EMBL ventures.
For more information, please visit the website: www.crescendobiologics.com.

22/05/2018

Sofinnova Partners renforce significativement son équipe avec l’arrivée d’un clinicien et entrepreneur de renommée internationale

Paris, France – 21 mai 2018 — Sofinnova Partners, un leader du capital risque en Europe spécialisé dans les sciences de la vie, annonce l’arrivée de Dr. Martin T. Rothman en qualité de Venture Partner. Dr. Rothman apporte à Sofinnova Partners une expérience de quarante ans et un extraordinaire réseau international dans le domaine médical.

En tant que Venture Partner, Dr. Rothman s’attachera à soutenir l’équipe dans l’identification et l’évaluation d’opportunités relatives aux dispositifs médicaux et à accompagner les entrepreneurs et les médecins dans le développement d’innovations cliniques. Sofinnova Partners et Dr. Rothman travaillent en collaboration étroite depuis de nombreuses années. Dr. Rothman est le fondateur de LimFlow et administrateur indépendant de HighLife, deux sociétés du portefeuille de Sofinnova Partners. Jusqu’à récemment, il était Vice-Président des affaires médicales pour Medtronic, à Santa Rosa en Californie (Etats Unis) en charge des activités cardiovasculaires, un poste qu’il occupait depuis 2010. Il a participé au développement du programme de dénervation rénale, du programme de remplacement transcathéter de la valve aortique (TAVR) et du programme percutané de traitement de la régurgitation mitrale de Medtronic, notamment via l’acquisition de Twelve, le développement de son dispositif Intrepid et de la stratégie clinique associée. Précédemment, Dr. Rothman a exercé pendant trente-sept ans au Royaume Uni en tant que cardiologue interventionnel, dont vingt-sept ans au London Chest Hospital (Barts and the London NHS Trust), où il a été directeur de la recherche et du développement cardiaque pendant plus de dix ans. Il bénéficie d’une reconnaissance mondiale pour ses contributions dans le domaine de la recherche clinique, de la formation, et des technologies d’innovation médicale en médecine cardiovasculaire. Intervenant régulier dans les congrès médicaux et auteur de multiples articles publiés dans des journaux scientifiques, Dr. Rothman a dirigé de nombreuses études cliniques en lien avec la cardiologie interventionnelle. Véritable pionnier et référent mondial en matière de cardiologie interventionnelle, il a contribué au développement de nombreuses innovations médicales dans ce domaine.

Dr. Rothman exerce actuellement des fonctions dans plusieurs start-up spécialisées dans le domaine cardiovasculaire, notamment en tant que fondateur et inventeur de la technologie que celles-ci développent.

Dr. Martin T. Rothman déclare : “Je suis enchanté de rejoindre Sofinnova Partners en tant que Venture Partner. Nous partageons une vision commune de l’entrepreneuriat et la même passion pour rendre des thérapies innovantes disponibles aux patients et à la communauté médicale”.

Antoine Papiernik, Managing Partner et Président de Sofinnova Partners, poursuit : “Martin est un médecin et un serial-entrepreneur exceptionnel. Son expérience complète idéalement notre équipe et constitue un atout majeur dans une période de forte croissance pour Sofinnova Partners”.

Contact presse pour SOFINNOVA PARTNERS
Anne REIN
Tel: +33 6 03 35 92 05
@: anne.rein@strategiesimage.com