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12/08/2019

Italian pharma company purchases Breath Therapeutics for up to €500 million, with €140 million up front

PARIS, France, July 25, 2019 – Sofinnova Partners, a leading European venture capital firm specialized in the life sciences, today announced that Zambon is acquiring its portfolio company Breath Therapeutics, which specializes in advanced and first-in-class inhalation therapies for severe respiratory diseases. Zambon, an Italian pharmaceutical firm, will pay up to €500 million in this acquisition. Independent strategic healthcare advisor Leopoldo Zambeletti advised Breath Therapeutics on this sale. Sofinnova Partners exits Breath Therapeutics after a holding period of two and a half years.

Breath Therapeutics was founded by Dr. Jens Stegemann, Dr. Oliver Denk, Dr. Gerhard Boerner and Anne Burger, who serve respectively as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Sofinnova Partners co-led Breath Therapeutics’ €43.5 million Series A financing with Gimv. Gilde also participated in the investment. Sofinnova Partners helped appoint Dr. Noreen Henig as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Henig previously served as Chief Medical Officer for ProQR Therapeutics, another Sofinnova Partners portfolio company. Breath Therapeutics’ team will continue to play a key operational role post acquisition.

Breath Therapeutics’ drug device platform consists of a proprietary liposomal cyclosporine A for inhaled drug delivery with eFlow nebulizer technology from PARI Pharma. The lead product candidate, L-CsA-i, has currently started two global phase 3 clinical studies for treatment of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) post-lung transplantation, a fatal respiratory orphan disease with no therapies approved.

Graziano Seghezzi, Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners and Breath Therapeutics’ Board Member, said: “Breath Therapeutics is a perfect symbol of our investment strategy: cutting-edge platform and products developed by brilliant entrepreneurs for a debilitating disease with no effective treatment. We had a clear vision in mind for a transatlantic operation with strong bases in Europe and in the U.S. to maximize the commercial opportunity. We’ve achieved that vision and assembled a stellar management team by complementing the founders’ European skills with deep U.S. clinical, regulatory and commercial expertise.”

Breath Therapeutics´ Chief Executive Officer Dr. Stegemann said, “Sofinnova Partners played an instrumental role in getting our company through its first years and early expansion. We’re thrilled with how successful we have moved forward the developed of our lead drug L-CsA-i and how quickly the company has grown, and now looking forward to moving into a new dimension via the Zambon acquisition.”

Zambon is a Milan-based pharmaceutical group initially founded in 1906. It specializes in finding treatments for serious diseases lacking cures, such as respiratory illnesses, Parkinson’s Disease and cystic fibrosis.

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 U.S. and China. The firm focuses on paradigm shifting technologies alongside visionary entrepreneurs. Sofinnova Partners invests across the Life Sciences value chain as a lead or cornerstone investor, from very early stage opportunities to late stage/public companies. It has backed nearly 500 companies over more than 45 years, creating market leaders around the globe. Today, Sofinnova Partners has over €2 billion under management.

About Breath Therapeutics

Founded in 2016, Breath Therapeutics is a private, venture-backed clinical stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in advanced inhaled therapeutics for severe respiratory diseases with high unmet medical need. The company’s proprietary drug formulations have been specifically designed for inhaled administration with exclusively licensed, high performance nebulizer technology. L-CsA-i, Breath Therapeutics’ lead asset, is advancing as the first therapy for BOS, a rare and devastating lung disease with no currently available treatment. Breath Therapeutics has offices in Munich, Germany and Menlo Park, CA. For more information, please visit https://breath-therapeutics.com/

About Zambon

Zambon is a multinational pharmaceutical and fine-chemical company that focuses on innovation and development with the aim to improve the quality of people’s health and patients’ lives. Based on a valuable heritage but strongly focused on the future, its goal is to improve people’s health through the development of innovative and quality medicines. Zambon products are commercialized in 86 countries. The company has 20 subsidiaries in three different Continents – Europe, America and Asia – and owns manufacturing units in Italy, Switzerland, France, China and Brazil. The company today has a strong focus on the treatment of rare diseases and specialties, such as Parkinson’s disease and Cystic Fibrosis, and it’s well-established in 3 therapeutic areas: respiratory, pain and women’s care. Zambon was established in 1906 in Italy and today counts around 2,700 employees all over the world. For details on Zambon, please visit www.zambon.com

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02/01/2019

New York, US and Vienna, Austria, January 02, 2019 – HOOKIPA Pharma Inc. (“HOOKIPA”), a company developing a new class of immunotherapies targeting infectious diseases and cancers based on its proprietary arenavirus platform, today announced that it has achieved its first research milestone in its collaboration and license agreement with Gilead Sciences, Inc. (“Gilead”). The agreement, which was entered into in June 2018, grants Gilead exclusive rights to HOOKIPA’s TheraT® and VaxWave® investigational arenavirus-based immunization technologies for the development of immunotherapies against hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

HOOKIPA has completed the first research milestone by designing and delivering 14 research-grade vectors to Gilead, along with the characterization of these vectors and delivery of a data package for the HIV program. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, HOOKIPA is entitled to a sizeable milestone payment from Gilead.

Joern Aldag, HOOKIPA’s Chief Executive Officer said: “We are pleased to have achieved our first milestone within the collaborative HIV program with Gilead. This great achievement reflects our joint commitment to develop and deliver new treatment options for patients suffering from these infectious diseases. It also reflects HOOKIPA´s dedication to further validate our technology in infectious disease.”

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

About HOOKIPA
HOOKIPA Pharma Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of immunotherapeutics, targeting infectious diseases and cancers based on its proprietary arenavirus platform that is designed to reprogram the body’s immune system.
HOOKIPA’s proprietary arenavirus-based technologies, VaxWave®*, a replication-deficient viral vector, and TheraT®*, a replication-attenuated viral vector, are designed to induce robust antigen specific CD8+ T cells and pathogen-neutralizing antibodies. Both, VaxWave® and TheraT®, are designed to allow for repeat administration while maintaining an immune response. TheraT® has the potential to induce CD8+ T cell response levels previously not achieved by other published immuno-therapy approaches. HOOKIPA’s “off-the-shelf” viral vectors target dendritic cells in vivo to activate the immune system.

HOOKIPA has successfully completed a Phase 1 trial of a VaxWave®-based prophylactic vaccine to protect against cytomegalovirus infection and has started dosing patients in a
Phase 2 trial in cytomegalovirus-negative patients awaiting kidney transplantation from cytomegalovirus-positive donors. To expand its infectious disease portfolio, HOOKIPA has entered into a collaboration and licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences, Inc. to jointly research and develop functional cures for HIV and Hepatitis B infections. HOOKIPA is building a proprietary immuno-oncology pipeline by targeting virally mediated cancer antigens, self-antigens and next-generation antigens.

TheraT® and VaxWave® are not approved anywhere globally and their safety and efficacy have not been established.

Find out more about HOOKIPA online at www.hookipapharma.com.

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

*Registered in Europe; Pending in the US.

17/12/2018

LEIDEN, Netherlands & CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec 17, 2018 – ProQR Therapeutics N.V. (Nasdaq:PRQR), a company dedicated to changing lives through the creation of transformative RNA medicines for the treatment of severe genetic rare diseases, today announced the publication of a peer-reviewed manuscript describing the previously announced interim results of a clinical trial of QR-110 for the treatment of Leber’s congenital amaurosis 10 (LCA10) in the journal Nature Medicine.
“It was enormously gratifying to see robust improvements in visual acuity and significant augmentations in the patient’s ability to detect lights, and impressive to observe these effects within the first three months following a single injection,” said Professor Artur V. Cideciyan, Ph.D., who was one of the co-investigators at the Scheie Eye Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. “LCA10 is a severe form of childhood blindness and this is a major step forward in the treatment of these previously incurable conditions,” said Professor Samuel G. Jacobson, M.D., Ph.D, who is the ophthalmologist caring for four of the patients enrolled in the study and is also a co-investigator at the Scheie Eye Institute. Published results detail a planned interim analysis of the ongoing PQ-110-001 first-in-human clinical study, evaluating QR-110 in patients with LCA10. The publication focused on a landmark analysis of eight subjects who reached three months of single dose treatment experience. Results demonstrate a substantive overall improvement in best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) with a mean improvement of -0.67 LogMAR (SEM 0.32) in the treated eye versus 0.02 LogMAR (SEM 0.05) in the contralateral (control) eye (p=0.011). The majority of patients showed an increase of at least -0.3 LogMAR in the treated eye, which is generally considered clinically meaningful, and equivalent to 15 letters, or three lines of improvement for individuals able to read a standard eye chart. Visual acuity improvements were also associated with concordant improvements in full-field stimulus thresholds to both blue and red light, improved mobility course navigation and ocular instability measurement. LCA10 is a severe inherited retinal dystrophy associated with mutations in the CEP290 gene. QR-110 is an RNA-based drug candidate that has the potential to restore sight or slow down the process of vision loss in patients with LCA10 by correcting the most common mutation causing LCA10, p.Cys998X. The ongoing Phase 1/2 PQ-110-001 study of QR-110 will be completed and in parallel a Phase 2/3 « ILLUMINATE » study is expected to be initiated in the first half of 2019. About Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis 10 Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA) is the most common cause of blindness due to genetic disease in children and consists of a group of diseases of which LCA10 is the most frequent and one of the more severe forms. LCA10 is caused by mutations in the CEP290 gene, of which the p.Cys998X mutation is the most common. LCA10 leads to early loss of vision causing most people to lose their sight in the first few years of life. To date,there are no treatments approved or other products in clinical development that treat the underlying cause of the disease. Approximately 2,000 people in the Western world have LCA10 because of this mutation. About QR-110 QR-110 is a first-in-class investigational RNA-based oligonucleotide designed to address the underlying cause of Leber’s congenital amaurosis 10 due to the p.Cys998X mutation (also known as the c.2991+1655A>G mutation) in the CEP290 gene. The p.Cys998X mutation is a substitution of one nucleotide in the pre-mRNA that leads to aberrant splicing of the mRNA and non-functional CEP290 protein. QR-110 is designed to restore normal (wild-type) CEP290 mRNA leading to the production of normal CEP290 protein by binding to the mutated location in the pre-mRNA causing normal splicing of the pre-mRNA. QR-110 is intended to be administered through intravitreal injections in the eye and has been granted orphan drug designation in the United States and the European Union and received fast-track designation by the FDA. About the PQ-110-001 Phase 1/2 Trial
PQ-110-001 is a first-in-human open-label trial that enrolled 5 children (age 6 – 17 years) and 6 adults (≥ 18 years) who have LCA10 due to one or two copies of the p.Cys998X mutation in the CEP290 gene. Patients are receiving four intravitreal injections of QR-110 into one eye; one injection every three months, with the other eye remaining untreated. Two dose levels are being tested, 80 μg (160 μg loading dose) and 160 μg (320 μg loading dose). The trial is being conducted at three specialized centers with significant expertise in genetic retinal disease: the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, U.S., the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S., and the Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium.
The primary objectives of the PQ-110-001 trial are safety and tolerability. Secondary objectives include pharmacokinetics, as well as restoration/improvement of visual function and retinal structure through ophthalmic endpoints, such as visual acuity (BCVA), mobility course, full field stimulus testing (FST), ocular instability (OCI), optical coherence tomography (OCT), and pupillary light reflex (PLR). Changes in quality of life in the trial subjects are also being evaluated.

About the Phase 2/3 pivotal “ILLUMINATE” Trial
The Company has agreed with the FDA to submit a protocol to start a Phase 2/3 trial that could serve as the sole registration trial, to be called « ILLUMINATE ». The preliminary design for “ILLUMINATE” is a double-masked, controlled, 12-month study. The trial is expected to initially enroll 30 patients with LCA10 due to one or two copies of the p.Cys998X mutation and could be adaptively repowered. The primary endpoints in this trial are expected to include visual acuity and the mobility course. The trial is expected to be conducted at centers in North America and select European countries. The trial is expected to start in the first half of 2019.
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*

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
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These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding QR-110 and its clinical development, including the completion of the ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial and commencement of the planned ILLUMINATE trial, trial design, regulatory pathway and therapeutic potential. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements for many reasons, including, without limitation, risks associated with our clinical development activities, including that positive results observed in our prior and ongoing studies may not be replicated in later trials or guarantee approval of any product candidate by regulatory authorities, regulatory review or approval process, manufacturing processes and facilities, regulatory oversight, product commercialization, intellectual property claims, and the risks, uncertainties and other factors in our filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including certain sections of our annual report filed on Form 20-F. Given these risks, uncertainties and other factors, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future, except as required by law.

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13/12/2018

Abiomed Invests $15 Million in Shockwave

Santa Clara, Calif. – December 11, 2018 – Shockwave Medical, a pioneer in the development and commercialization of intravascular lithotripsy to treat complex calcified cardiovascular disease, today announced an investment and collaboration agreement with Abiomed, Inc. As outlined by the agreement, Abiomed will invest $15 million in Shockwave and the two companies will collaborate on a training and education program in the United States and Germany focused on the benefits of complementary use of their respective technologies.
Shockwave’s intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) technology employs sonic pressure waves to safely crack vascular calcium within the vessel wall, which enables arteries to expand under low pressure and become more compliant. Shockwave markets its Shockwave M5 Peripheral Intravascular Lithotripsy Catheter in the United States and Europe. With increasing frequency, the Shockwave M5 catheter is being used in patients with heavily calcified Iliac arteries in order to facilitate the transfemoral delivery of sophisticated devices with catheters, including transcatheter heart valves (TAVR) and Abiomed’s Impella®. IVL enables this patient group to benefit from these life-saving therapies when they would otherwise be ineligible for the procedure or would be at increased risk for procedural complications. In Europe, Shockwave also markets its coronary catheter – Shockwave C2 – which is used to treat severely calcified de novo coronary artery disease.
“While we are still early in our commercial scaling both in the US and Europe, I am pleased with how positively our Shockwave technology has been received and how many different types of patients and vessels our customers are able to safely treat with our IVL system,” said Doug Godshall, President and CEO of Shockwave Medical. “We are delighted to be able offer patients our solution in combination with Abiomed’s Impella technology using a minimally invasive approach, which should meaningfully improve outcomes. With Abiomed’s best-in-class approach to training and education, Shockwave will be able to more efficiently increase awareness and introduce IVL to customers, which we believe will help them better treat their most challenging patients. We are encouraged to see the positive clinical response we have witnessed to date.”

About Shockwave Medical’s Intravascular Lithotripsy System
Shockwave Medical’s IVL System leverages similar principles to urologic lithotripsy, which has been used as a safe and effective treatment to break up kidney stones for several decades.

The generator produces energy that travels through the connector cable and catheter to an array of miniaturized lithotripsy emitters located near the calcified lesion. With the integrated balloon expanded to ultra-low pressure, a small electrical discharge at the emitters vaporizes the fluid within the balloon, creating a rapidly expanding bubble that collapses within microseconds. The bubble’s expansion and collapse generates a series of sonic pressure waves that travel through the fluid-filled balloon and pass through soft vascular tissue, selectively cracking any hardened calcified plaque inside the vessel wall. After the calcium has been fractured, the integrated balloon can be expanded, performing angioplasty safely at low pressures. To view an animation of the Intravascular Lithotripsy procedure visit
http://shockwavemedical.com.

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

13/12/2018

Paris, France – December 13, 2018  – Pixium Vision (FR0011950641 – PIX), a bioelectronics company developing innovative bionic vision systems to enable patients who have lost their sight to lead more independent lives, announces today that it has been awarded the Prix Galien 2018 in the “Research Project” category for its PRIMA device for the treatment of dry Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
The Galien Foundation attributes this award to Pixium Vision in recognition of the innovative technology of its PRIMA wireless sub-retinal implant, a “brain-machine” interface applied to the eye to create bionic vision in the treatment of persons with dry AMD. The PRIMA device was chosen from a selection of premier projects supported by prestigious academic institutions.
Khalid Ishaque, CEO of Pixium Vision, comments: “It is with pleasure that our entire team of scientific, engineering and medical researchers receives this prestigious award. The Galien Award attests to the very innovative nature of our PRIMA technology owing to elicit visual perception for patients with dry AMD. We are extremely honoured that the Galien Foundation recognizes PRIMA’s major technological and medical advances, which offer new possibilities in the field of bionic vision for the treatment of retinal diseases. We would like to thank the first patients in our clinical trial for their contribution in this breakthrough human endeavour, which will enable us to continue pursuit of our mission.”
“We are proud to accompany Pixium Vision in developing its breakthrough technology, today awarded the Galien Prize. We congratulate the whole team for this highly valuable scientific recognition.” stated Chahra Louafi et Maïlys Ferrère, Investment Directors at Bpifrance.
Created as a “pharmaceutical research award” in France in 1970, the prestigious Prix Galien is recognised by the French authorities for its public interest and has an international reputation. Each year, the Prix Galien recognises the best healthcare innovations in five categories: pharmaceutical products, medical systems, e-health, patient care and research. The Prix Galien is awarded by a jury comprised of 50 international experts in healthcare. Their independence, authority and reputation confirm the excellence and credibility of the Galien Prize.

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+33 1 76 21 47 68

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ABOUT PRIMA
PRIMA is a new generation miniaturized and totally wireless sub-retinal implant. The 2×2 millimeters wide and 30 microns thick photovoltaic chip contains 378 electrodes. Implanted under the retina via a minimally invasive surgical procedure, it acts like an array of tiny solar panel powered by pulsed near infrared light projected from a miniature projector integrated into augmented reality glasses, along with a mini-camera. PRIMA is designed to restore sight in patients blinded by retinal dystrophies – a very significant unmet medical need. The target population includes patients with atrophic dry Age-related Macular Degeneration (dry AMD), and also Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). In addition to a clinical trial with five atrophic dry-AMD patients in France, PRIMA is approved for a similar five-patients study in USA.

ABOUT AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD)
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss and legal blindness in people over the age of 65 in North America and Europe. The global impact is significant with current projected estimates1 for people living with AMD of around 196 million people worldwide and expected rapid growth due to ageing population. Around 1000 new patients are diagnosed everyday just in Europe and USA. There are two forms of advanced AMD: the wet form, where treatment like anti-VEGF injections slows down the disease progression, and the dry form that is most frequent, where there is currently no curative treatment available. More than 5 million patients are afflicted with advanced dry AMD, also referred to as Geographic Atrophy. Patients suffering from this retinal dystrophy gradually lose their central vision (responsible for high visual acuity, e.g. for reading and face recognition) due to loss of photoreceptors.

ABOUT PIXIUM VISION
Pixium Vision’s mission is to create a world of bionic vision for those who have lost their sight, enabling them to regain partial visual perception and greater autonomy. Pixium Vision’s bionic vision systems are associated with a surgical intervention and a rehabilitation period. Pixium Vision is in clinical stage with PRIMA, its sub-retinal miniature photovoltaic wireless implant system, designed for patients who have lost their sight due to outer retinal degeneration, initially for atrophic dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD). Pixium Vision collaborates closely with academic and research partners spanning across the prestigious Vision research institutions including Stanford University in California, Institut de la Vision in Paris, Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, Institute of Ocular Microsurgery (IMO) in Barcelona, and UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA. The company is EN ISO 13485 certified and qualifies as “Entreprise Innovante” by Bpifrance.
For more information, please visit: www.pixium-vision.com;
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13/12/2018

• Funding will be used to further expand product capabilities and fuel company growth
• Industry-leader is bringing software abstraction and automation to biological R&D and manufacturing

12 December – LONDON – Synthace Ltd., the company behind the leading cloud software platform for automating and improving the success rate of biological research and development, today announced the closing of a $25.6m Series B financing round led by Horizons Ventures with additional investment from Luminous Ventures, SOSV and select other individual and large family office investors. Synthace will use the new funds to drive continued product development and build upon its cell and gene therapy customer base to accelerate global awareness of its solutions.
Synthace is a leader in Computer Aided Biology, a new paradigm that comprises two domains: the Digital and the Physical. The Digital, powered by artificial intelligence, includes software for designing and simulating biological systems, as well as methods of collating, structuring and analysing experimental data. The Physical, enabled by automation, includes systems that allow for the seamless transfer of biological designs into real ‘wet lab’ experiments via logistics simulation and execution.
In October 2018, Synthace launched a white paper, Computer Aided Biology: Delivering Biotechnology in the 21st Century which provides the most complete industry vision to date for how biological research will be transformed by an emerging ecosystem of cloud connected and digitally empowered research tools that augment human capabilities, accelerating the transition of biology towards becoming an engineering discipline.
Synthace CEO Tim Fell said: “Digital-to-physical workflows have transformed the semiconductor, aerospace, automobile and many other industries. Now it is the turn of the biotechnology industry, and we are grateful for the support of Horizons Ventures and our other new investment partners who share Synthace’s vision of how to facilitate that change.”
Patrick Zhang, of Horizons Ventures, commented: “We are at a pivotal point in the development and use of biotechnology. We believe that Synthace will lead the industry’s transition to Computer Aided Biology, owing to its truly disruptive and cutting-edge AI driven experiment design capability and experiment execution technology. We look forward to working with the team on this next exciting stage of Synthace’s development.”
Bob Wiederhold, Synthace Chairman, concluded: “The realization is setting in across industry and academia that the complexity of biology can only be properly addressed with advanced software and automation. This investment in Synthace is a significant step in turning that recognition into reality.”
This announcement follows previous distinctions from Gartner and the World Economic Forum, where the impact of the Synthace platform in enabling the Lab of the Future and Industry 4.0 was recognised.

About Synthace
Based in London, Synthace is developing Antha, a language and software platform specifically for biology that lets researchers aim higher and achieve better results, faster. Antha is designed to make reproducible and scalable workflows that can be readily edited and shared, and easily automated on labs’ existing equipment. With customers across pharma, agritech and industrial biotechnology Synthace has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer that is helping shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution – a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. For more information, visit: www.synthace.com.

21/11/2018

New York, US and Vienna, Austria, November 14, 2018 – HOOKIPA Pharma Inc. (“HOOKIPA”), a company developing an innovative class of immunotherapies for oncology and infectious diseases using its proprietary arenavirus technologies, today announced the appointment of Julie O’Neill to its Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director.

A business professional with more than two decades of executive experience in senior leadership roles, Ms. O’Neill was formerly Executive Vice President, Global Operations at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where, for five years, she led the Global Operations business including product development, manufacturing, quality, supply chain and global real estate functions. Prior to joining Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., she was Vice President of Operations at Gilead Sciences where she helped establish the Company’s Irish subsidiary and manufacturing operations and held a variety of other cross-functional global leadership roles.

Throughout her career in pharmaceutical operations, Ms. O’Neill has held a number of senior roles at the Board and Committee level. She is currently an Independent Director for DBV Technologies SA, and is both a Board member and Audit & Risk Committee Chair for the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT). She also serves as the Chairperson for the Strategic Advisory Board at the School of Pharmacy, Trinity College Dublin.

Ms. O’Neill is a Chartered Director and holds a BSc in Pharmacy from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from University College Dublin.

Commenting on her appointment, Julie O’Neill said: “Immuno-oncology is very much at the forefront of modern medicine and HOOKIPA’s Vaxwave® and TheraT® platforms have the potential to target a broad range of infectious diseases and tumors. At this point in its development HOOKIPA is shifting its emphasis from research to clinical development and therefore operations, manufacturing, and quality control are growing in importance. I am looking forward to joining the HOOKIPA team and supporting them in their ambition to take increasing control of the manufacturing process. I am excited at the chance to be able to contribute to the Company’s growth and operations at such an important stage in its development.”

Dr. Jan van de Winkel, Chairman of the Board of Directors at HOOKIPA, added: “In the next several years HOOKIPA plans to build its own GMP manufacturing capabilities, one of the most critical functions for viral vector medicine research and development. I am delighted to welcome Julie to HOOKIPA and believe that her operations and manufacturing management expertise complement nicely the capabilities of our current Board. My colleagues and I look forward to expanding the Board and we will enjoy working with Julie.”

 

About HOOKIPA
HOOKIPA Pharma Inc. is a clinical stage company developing medicines designed to prevent and potentially cure infectious diseases and cancer. With this goal in mind, we created proprietary technologies to reprogram and stimulate the immune system.

Our proprietary Arenavirus technologies, Vaxwave®, a replication-deficient viral vector, and TheraT®, a replication-attenuated vector, are designed to induce potent antigen specific CD8+ T cells and pathogen-neutralizing antibodies. Both, Vaxwave® and TheraT®, are designed to be administered repeatedly while maintaining an immune response. TheraT® has the potential to induce CD8+ T cell responses to tumor antigens and reach frequencies and potencies matching or exceeding those observed after adoptive T cell therapy. Our “off-the-shelf” viral vectors target dendritic cells in vivo to activate the immune system. In immuno-oncology, this mechanism enables the immune system to fight solid tumors systemically.

We have successfully completed a Phase 1 trial of a Vaxwave®-based prophylactic vaccine to protect against CMV infections. A Phase II trial in solid organ transplant patients is about to start. Alongside, we have forged a partnership with Gilead Sciences Inc. to jointly research and develop functional cures for HIV and Hepatitis B infections. We are building a proprietary immuno-oncology pipeline by targeting TheraT® towards HPV+ head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and prostate cancer.

Find out more about HOOKIPA online at www.hookipapharma.com.

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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

03/10/2018

Comprehensive report heralds the beginning of Computer Aided Biology (CAB)

October 01, 2018 LONDON-Synthace Ltd., the company behind the leading cloud software platform for automating and improving the success rate of biological research and development, is pleased to announce it has released a new comprehensive whitepaper entitled, Computer Aided Biology: Delivering Biotechnology in the 21st Century.

According to the report, Computer Aided Biology is a conceptual framework, around which there is an emerging ecosystem of tools that collectively transform how we approach biological research, development, and manufacturing. Computer Aided Biology is comprised of two domains: the digital and the physical. The Digital, powered by artificial intelligence includes software for the design and simulation of biological systems, as well as methods of collating, connecting, structuring, and analysing data. The Physical, enabled by automation, includes systems that allow for the seamless transfer of simulated biological designs and processes via abstracted experimental design, simulation, and automated physical execution. Only by connecting the entire tools ecosystem, and enabling an integrated loop, will scientists be able to address the challenges of 21st century biology.

This transformation of how people work, enabled by Computer Aided Biology, mirrors revolutions that have already changed how other industries, including semiconductors, automotive, and aerospace foundationally operate. The report delves into what can be learned from how those revolutions played out, as well as acknowledging the unique challenges that flow from the sheer complexity of biological systems.

« We’re pleased to offer these insights and approach, » said Tim Fell, CEO Synthace. « In this ground-breaking whitepaper, we highlight how the emerging Computer Aided Biology ecosystem is evolving, and how companies from the technology and life science domains are coming together to make biology a true engineering discipline. »

« This whitepaper also shows that Synthace is a leading organisation helping researchers and manufacturers integrate the physical, digital and biological realms, the synergy of which is at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution, » Fell concluded.

The full detailed whitepaper can be found on the following link: https://synthace.com/computer-aided-biology-whitepaper

 

About Synthace
Based in London, Synthace is developing Antha, a language and software platform specifically for biology that lets researchers aim higher and achieve better results, faster. Antha is designed to make reproducible and scalable workflows that can be readily edited and shared, and easily automated on labs’ existing equipment. With customers across pharma, agritech and industrial biotechnology Synthace has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer that is helping shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution – a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. For more information, visit: www.synthace.com.

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