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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”.

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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.

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.

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.


– 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.

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


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

AgroSavfe NV
Lieven De Smedt, Chairman of the Board
+32 (474) 073 193


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.
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At the Company
Joern Aldag
Chief Executive Officer
Hookipa Biotech AG

Marine Popoff
Communications Analyst
Hookipa Biotech AG

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Instinctif Partners
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Paris, France – 2 mars 2017 — Sofinnova Partners, un leader du capital risque en Europe spécialisé dans les sciences de la vie, annonce avoir levé 106 millions d’euros lors de la première clôture de son fonds Sofinnova Industrial Biotech 1 (Sofinnova IB I). Ce fonds, dédié à la chimie du renouvelable, est dans la continuité des 9 investissements réalisés dans ce domaine depuis 2009, et positionne Sofinnova Partners à la pointe de ce secteur d’avenir en plein essor.

Sofinnova IB I ciblera les start-up opérant sur l’ensemble de la chaîne de valeur. Il investira aussi bien dans la transformation des matières premières renouvelables comme les déchets agricoles ou le C02, que dans la mise au point de produits transformés tels que les bio-plastiques et autres matériaux bio-sourcés. Une attention particulière sera accordée aux projets industriels issus des progrès récents de la biologie, comme la biologie de synthèse. Cette stratégie d’investissement répond à la demande croissante du marché pour des produits innovants et renouvelables, offrant des alternatives plus performantes et/ou moins chères aux produits d’origine fossile.

Dans la continuité de ses fonds précédents, Sofinnova Partners investira en tant qu’investisseur chef de file dans les start-up et spin-off d’entreprises, en Europe et en Amérique du Nord. Le fonds accompagnera, du laboratoire au marché, des entrepreneurs visionnaires développant des innovations de rupture. Sofinnova IB I prévoit d’investir dans 8 à 10 entreprises au cours des 3 à 4 prochaines années. Pour ce faire, il s’appuiera sur une équipe dédiée expérimentée, composée initialement de Denis Lucquin, Managing Partner, Joško Bobanovic, Partner, et Michael Krel, Principal.

Pour cette première clôture, Sofinnova IB I a su attirer un pool d’investisseurs de premier plan, principalement des institutionnels européens et des acteurs industriels internationaux issus du monde de l’énergie, de la chimie et de l’agriculture, parmi lesquels plusieurs investisseurs ayant participé au fonds d’amorçage levé en 2012 dans le même domaine : Sofinnova Green Seed Fund.

Denis Lucquin, Managing Partner de Sofinnova Partners, déclare, “Nous sommes ravis du succès de ce premier closing. L’expérience acquise depuis 2009 a été extrêmement bien accueillie par les investisseurs. Avec des sociétés comme Avantium, qui développe des bouteilles en plastique entièrement bio-sourcées et prévoit une introduction en bourse sur Euronext, ou plus récemment DNA Script qui révolutionne la synthèse de l’ADN, Sofinnova Partners s’affirme comme un investisseur pionnier, avec une compréhension fine des dynamiques de ce secteur en plein essor. Grâce à ce fonds dédié, notre activité dans les biotech industrielles vient de franchir un cap décisif.”

* The Fund is supported by InnovFin Equity plus de détails

A propos de Sofinnova Partners
Sofinnova Partners est un des leaders du capital risque en Europe spécialisé dans les sciences de la vie. Basée à Paris, l’équipe est composée de 12 professionnels de l’investissement issus d’Europe, des Etats Unis et de Chine. La société investit dans les technologies de changement de paradigme aux côtés d’entrepreneurs visionnaires. Sofinnova Partners intervient en priorité dans les start up et spin-off d’entreprises en tant qu’investisseur fondateur et chef de file. Depuis plus de 40 ans, la société a accompagné plus de 500 entreprises à travers le monde devenues des leaders sur leur marché. Sofinnova Partners gère aujourd’hui 1,5 milliard d’euros.
Pour plus d’information : www.sofinnova.fr

Press contact for SOFINNOVA PARTNERS
Anne REIN Tel: +33 (0)6 03 35 92 05 @: anne.rein@strategiesimage.com


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

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

Media Contact
Janaina Topley Lira
Sustainability Consult
+32 2 347 1101


PARIS, France et CAMBRIDGE Mass. USA – 21 février 2017 – Lysogene, (la « Société » FR0013233475 – LYS) société biopharmaceutique spécialisée dans la thérapie génique ciblant les maladies du système nerveux central (SNC), annonce aujourd’hui que l’Agence Européenne des Médicaments (EMA) a accordé la désignation de médicament orphelin au LYS-GM101, candidat médicament de la Société pour le traitement de la Gangliosidose à GM1 (GM1). La FDA (Food and Drug Administration) aux États-Unis a également accordé les désignations de médicament orphelin et de maladie rare pédiatrique au LYS-GM101 au début de l’année. « La désignation de médicament orphelin par l’EMA pour LYS-GM101 est une importante étape réglementaire. Elle valide la crédibilité de notre approche médicale et facilitera et accélérera le développement clinique de notre traitement. C’est une bonne nouvelle pour les patients atteints de cette maladie neurodégénérative grave et nous avons hâte de démarrer l’étude clinique de phase I/II (LYS-GM101) en 2018 », déclare Karen Aiach, Fondatrice et Directrice Générale de Lysogene. LYS-GM101 est conçu afin de corriger l’action d’un gène défectueux dans les cellules des patients atteints de GM1, ce qui permettra de produire une enzyme fonctionnelle et de prévenir la nature progressive des dommages neurologiques causés par GM1. À propos de la désignation de médicament orphelin
Une désignation de médicament orphelin par l’EMA permet à une entreprise pharmaceutique de bénéficier d’aides de l’UE pour développer un médicament contre une maladie rare. Les candidatures sont examinées par le Comité des Médicaments Orphelins (COMP), qui émet un avis, transmis à la Commission Européenne (CE). La CE décide ensuite si elle accorde la désignation de médicament orphelin pour le traitement en question, sous 30 jours après réception de l’avis du COMP. Les entreprises pharmaceutiques ayant obtenu la désignation de médicament orphelin bénéficient de plusieurs avantages, notamment un soutien au niveau du protocole, un type d’avis scientifique spécialisé dans les médicaments désignés orphelins, et une exclusivité de marché une fois que le médicament est autorisé. Des réductions sont également disponibles, en fonction du statut et du type de service requis.

À propos de GM1
La Gangliosidose à GM1 est une maladie rare neurodégénérative caractérisée par des retards cognitifs et moteurs de développement graves entraînant la mort précoce. La maladie est causée par une mutation du gène GLB1 qui code pour la bêta-galactosidase, une enzyme nécessaire au recyclage de la molécule GM1-gangliosidose dans les neurones. Ce lipide du cerveau est essentiel pour un fonctionnement normal, mais son accumulation entraine une neurodégénerescence et des symptômes neurologiques sévères. À la connaissance de la Société, il n’existe à ce jour aucun traitement permettant de stabiliser ou ralentir l’état clinique des patients atteints de GM1.

À propos de Lysogene
Lysogene est une société de biotechnologie au stade clinique, pionnière dans la recherche fondamentale et le développement clinique de thérapies géniques utilisant des vecteurs dérivés de virus adéno-associés pour traiter des maladies rares et mortelles du SNC de l’enfant, pour lesquelles il n’existe aujourd’hui, à la connaissance de la Société, aucun traitement. Depuis 2009, Lysogene a mis en place une solide plateforme et un réseau important, avec des produits innovants dans la MPS IIIA et dans la gangliosidose à GM1. Lysogene a obtenu la désignation de médicament orphelin par la FDA et l’EMA, et la désignation de maladie rare pédiatrique par la FDA, pour le programme MPS IIIA.
Lysogene est cotée sur le marché réglementé d’Euronext à Paris d’Euronext à Paris (code ISIN : FR0013233475)
Pour plus d’informations : www.lysogene.com.

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This morning, Michael Clayman, M.D., CEO of Flexion Therapeutics (Nasdaq:  FLXN), appeared live on Fox Business News to talk about the need for new treatment options for osteoarthritis (OA) and Flexion’s lead investigational product candidate, ZilrettaTM (FX006) which is being evaluated as a potential new therapy for OA related knee pain.  A link to Mike’s interview can be found below:



Montreal, February 20, 2017. BioAmber Inc. (NYSE:BIOA) announced today that Jean-Francois Huc has resigned as President and CEO and Fabrice Orecchioni, the company’s COO, has been named President, effective immediately.

In his role as COO over the past four years, Fabrice has overseen the construction, start-up and operation of the manufacturing plant in Sarnia and the management of the Mitsui JV. Fabrice has also been extensively involved in the negotiations with CJ CheilJedang for the proposed China JV.

Mr. Huc, who stepped down for personal reasons, will remain a member of the board of directors and will also assume an advisory role with the management team to help ensure a smooth transition.

About BioAmber
BioAmber (NYSE: BIOA) is a renewable materials company. Its innovative technology platform combines biotechnology and catalysis to convert renewable feedstock into building block materials that are used in a wide variety of everyday products including plastics, paints, textiles, food additives and personal care products. For more information visit www.bio-amber.com

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Paris, France – 14 février 2017 – Pixium Vision, société qui développe des systèmes de vision bionique innovants pour permettre aux patients ayant perdu la vue de vivre de façon plus autonome, annonce aujourd’hui que l’Institut du Système de Rémunération Hospitalier Allemand (InEK) a accordé le Statut-1 du NUB (Neue Untersuchungs- und Behandlungsmethoden) à IRIS®II – premier système de vision bionique équipé d’une caméra bio-inspirée et d’un implant épi-rétinien de 150 électrodes au design propriétaire, conçu pour être explantable et évolutif.
La procédure NUB permet des négociations entre les hôpitaux et le régime légal d’assurance maladie sur le potentiel remboursement de nouveaux traitement médicaux au sein du système légal d’assurance maladie allemand (informations détaillées sur la procédure NUB et les statuts sont disponibles : http://www.g-drg.de/G-DRG-System_2017/Neue_Untersuchungs-_und_Behandlungsmethoden_NUB). Grâce à la désignation NUB de Statut-1 pour IRIS®II, les hôpitaux ophtalmologiques peuvent négocier le montant des remboursements d’après le système légal d’assurance maladie allemand, pour traiter, avec IRIS®II, les patients atteints de dégénérescence rétinienne avancée due à la Rétinite Pigmentaire (RP). Une décision NUB est valable un an et peut être renouvelée sur demande. Khalid Ishaque, Directeur Général de Pixium Vision, commente: « Suite au marquage CE d’IRIS®II, notre principal objectif est d’obtenir l’accès au marché et au remboursement, afin de poursuivre notre mission d’apporter cette option de traitement innovant sur le marché. Nous allons continuer d’étendre progressivement sa disponibilité en Allemagne comme dans les autres pays/régions. Obtenir le Statut-1 du NUB récompense nos efforts pour apporter des innovations dans la restauration de la vision de patients aveugles, atteints de dystrophies rétiniennes. »
Les premiers centres cliniques allemands proposant IRIS®II sont :
 Universitätsklinikum Aachen
 Universitätsklinikum Bonn
 Universitätsklinikum Freiburg
 Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
 Klinikum der Universität München

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IRIS®II est un système de vision bionique doté d’une caméra bio-inspirée et d’un implant épi-rétinien de 150 électrodes, conçu pour être explantable et, à terme, évolutif, pour les patients qui ont perdu la vue suite à une Rétinite Pigmentaire (RP).
Pixium Vision a reçu le marquage CE pour IRIS®II en Juillet 2016, lui permettant de lancer ses activités commerciales, sujettes aux disponibilités de remboursement. L’obtention du marquage CE permet à la Société de déposer ses demandes de remboursement national pour IRIS®II. La Société travaille dans un premier temps avec les autorités publiques dans le cadre du remboursement des technologies innovantes pour les dispositifs médicaux, en France avec le Forfait Innovation, et en Allemagne avec le NUB

La mission de Pixium Vision est de créer un monde de vision bionique pour permettre à ceux qui ont perdu la vue de récupérer une partie de leur perception visuelle et gagner en autonomie. Les systèmes de vision bionique de Pixium Vision sont associés à une intervention chirurgicale et à une période de rééducation.
La société développe deux systèmes de vision bionique. IRIS®II, le premier système a obtenu le marquage CE en juillet 2016. En parallèle, Pixium Vision a récemment finalisé les phases d’études précliniques de PRIMA, un implant photovoltaïque sous-rétinien miniaturisé et sans fil, et prévoit de démarrer les premiers essais cliniques chez l’Homme.
Pixium Vision travaille en étroite collaboration avec des partenaires académiques de renommée mondiale tels que l’Institut de la Vision à Paris et le Laboratoire de physique expérimentale Hansen à l’Université Stanford et le Moorfields Eye Hospital de Londres. La société est certifiée EN ISO 13485.
Pour plus d’informations : http://www.pixium-vision.com/fr
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Pixium Vision émet ce communiqué à la présente date et ne s’engage pas à mettre à jour les déclarations prospectives qui y sont contenues, que ce soit par suite de nouvelles informations, événements futurs ou autres.
Pour une description des risques et incertitudes de nature à entraîner une différence entre les résultats réels, les conditions financières, les performances ou les réalisations de Pixium Vision et ceux contenus dans les déclarations prospectives, veuillez-vous référer au chapitre 4 « Facteurs de risques » du document de référence de la Société enregistré auprès de l’Autorité des marchés financiers sous le numéro R.16-033 le 28 avril 2016, lequel peut être consulté sur les sites de l’Autorité des marchés – AMF (www.amf-france.org) et de Pixium Vision (www.pixium-vision.com).
IRIS® est une marque déposée de Pixium-Vision SA
Pixium Vision est coté sur Euronext (Compartiment C) à Paris
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Berlin, Allemagne, le 10 février 2017 – NOXXON Pharma N.V. (Alternext Paris : ALNOX), société biopharmaceutique développant principalement des traitements contre le cancer, annonce aujourd’hui la nomination du Dr. Jarl Ulf Jungnelius, Ph.D., au poste de Directeur médical. Le Dr. Jungnelius collaborait déjà avec la société comme consultant et connaît parfaitement sa technologie et son potentiel. Il remplace le Dr. Matthias Baumann, dont le contrat de Directeur médical expire en juin 2017.

Le Dr. Jungnelius a occupé des fonctions de direction chez Celgene, Pfizer, Takeda et Eli Lilly & Company, et a joué un rôle significatif dans le processus de mise sur le marché de plusieurs médicaments anticancéreux, dont Abraxane®, Gemzar®, Alimta® et Revlimid®. Son expérience en immuno-oncologie sera particulièrement bénéfique à NOXXON, ainsi que son rôle dans l’autorisation de deux médicaments pour le cancer du pancréas, l’une des indications visées par l’étude clinique sur NOX-A12 associé au Keytruda® qui débutera prochainement en collaboration avec Merck & Co. / MSD.

« Je suis heureux de ma nomination au poste de Directeur médical et me réjouis de travailler avec l’équipe de NOXXON sur des composés ciblant le microenvironnement tumoral, une approche porteuse de grands espoirs pour les patients », déclare le Dr. Jarl Ulf Jungnelius.

« Jarl Ulf est une formidable recrue pour NOXXON alors que nous poursuivons notre transformation vers une société d’oncologie clinique. Sa grande expérience dans le développement clinique de produits d’oncologie aux États-Unis et en Europe sera précieuse pour conduire le développement de NOX-A12 », explique Dr. Aram Mangasarian, Président-Directeur Général de NOXXON.

« Au nom du Conseil d’administration, je tiens à remercier Matthias pour l’excellent travail qu’il a accompli au cours des dernières années sur de nombreux programmes de NOXXON Pharma, ainsi que pour le professionnalisme et le pragmatisme dont il fait preuve dans la gestion de cette transition », commente Dr. Hubert Birner, Président de NOXXON.
Informations complémentaires sur le Dr. Jarl Ulf Jungnelius
Le Dr. Jarl Ulf Jungnelius, Ph.D., a travaillé chez Celgene de 2007 à 2014 en tant que Vice-Président, Recherche et du Développement Clinique dans le domaine des tumeurs solides. Dr. Jungnelius a auparavant, occupé des postes de direction chez Takeda, Pfizer et Eli Lilly & Company, où il était chargé du développement clinique des programmes d’oncologie et du développement commercial. Le Dr. Jungnelius a assumé d’importantes responsabilités dans le développement clinique de plusieurs médicaments anticancéreux autorisés, dont Abraxane®, Gemzar®, Alimta® et Revlimid®. Médecin oncologue, il cumule plus de 25 années d’expérience dans la clinique et la recherche auprès de grandes sociétés pharmaceutiques et d’institutions universitaires. Dr. Jungnelius est actuellement Directeur médical chez VAXIMM, membre des Conseils de surveillance d’Isofol Medical AB, Biovica International AB et Monocl AB, et membre du Conseil d’administration d’Oncopeptides AB depuis avril 2011. Il a obtenu sa licence en sciences et son diplôme de médecine à l’Institut Karolinska à Stockholm en Suède.
Pour plus d’informations, merci de contacter :

NOXXON Pharma N.V.
Aram Mangasarian, Ph.D., Président Directeur Général
Tél. +49 (0) 30 726 2470

Florent Alba
Tél. +33 (0) 14 471 98 55

À propos de NOXXON
NOXXON Pharma N.V. est une société biopharmaceutique développant principalement des traitements contre le cancer. L’objectif de NOXXON est d’améliorer significativement l’efficacité des traitements anticancéreux, notamment les approches immuno-oncologiques (inhibiteurs de point de contrôle immunitaire) et les traitements actuels plus courants (chimiothérapie et radiothérapie). La plateforme de Spiegelmers de NOXXON a permis le développement d’un portefeuille exclusif de produits candidats au stade clinique, dont son candidat médicament anticancéreux phare, NOX-A12 qui est le sujet d’un collaboration en immuno-oncologie avec Merck & Co. Inc / MSD (NYSE:MRK) pour réaliser une étude clinique sur NOX-A12 associé au Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) dans le cancer du pancréas et le cancer colorectal. NOXXON est soutenu par des investisseurs internationaux de renom, dont TVM Capital, Sofinnova Partners, Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, DEWB, NGN et Seventure. Son siège social se situe à Amsterdam, aux Pays-Bas et ses bureaux à Berlin, en Allemagne. De plus amples informations peuvent être consultées sur: www.noxxon.com