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AI powered and now publicly traded, Exscientia adds $464M to fuel drug R&D

Exscientia’s IPO and private placement raised $464 million to support its artificial intelligence-based approach to discovering and developing new drugs. In addition to partnerships with pharmaceutical companies, an alliance with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is focused on developing antiviral drugs for future pandemics.

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Neuros Medical Receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for its Novel Altius® High-Frequency Nerve Block System On June 29, 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Neuros Medical, Inc. Breakthrough Device Designation for the use of their unique Altius High-Frequency Nerve Block device in the management of chronic intractable pain of the lower limb in …

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INVEST Pitch Perfect winner spotlight: Systems Oncology’s AI tech yields trove of cancer drugs

Systems Oncology has used its its artificial intelligence to discover small molecules in development under partnerships with large pharma companies. The R&D of the company, the biopharma startup winner in the Pitch Perfect contest at the recent MedCity News INVEST Conference, includes a new type of RNA drug.

GSK joins chase for hot cancer target, paying iTeos $625M in new alliance

GlaxoSmithKline is paying iTeos Therapeutics $625 million up front to share in the development of an antibody that targets the TIGIT protein, a hot target in cancer immunotherapy R&D. The deal comes less than a month after rival Bristol Myers Squibb inked its own deal securing rights to a TIGIT-targeting Agenus drug.

Bristol Myers writes $200M check for rights to Agenus checkpoint inhibitor

Bristol Myers Squibb already has a cancer program targeting the TIGIT protein, but in acquiring rights to Agenus’s drug, the pharma giant adds a bispecific antibody that preclinical research suggests has the potential to be the best in this drug class. BMS agreed to pay $200 million up front for global rights.

Biotech IPO wave rolls on as Werewolf, Vaccitech raise $230M for clinical trials

Vaccitech and Werewolf Therapeutics joined the public markets, raising a combined $230 million. The vaccine developer and the cancer immunotherapy biotech will apply the IPO proceeds toward clinical development of their respective pipelines.

Two new biotechs unveil $112M combined for antibody drug conjugates for cancer

The list of FDA-approved antibody drug conjugates (ADC) is growing, and two more biotech startups have emerged from stealth with new cash and new approaches to this type of cancer drug. Adcendo and Adcentrx raised a combined $112 from their Series A financings.

Startup Boundless Bio brings in $105M to break the circle behind cancer growth

Boundless Bio’s research has uncovered a previously unknown driver of cancer growth and drug resistance. With $105 million in Series B financing, the biotech is on a path to bring to the clinic small molecules that address this target, called extrachromosomal DNA.

FDA approves ADC Therapeutics antibody drug conjugate in B-cell lymphoma

With FDA approval of Zynlonta, ADC Therapeutics can offer patients who have diffuse large B-cell lymphoma an option if CAR-T therapy doesn’t work. Additional clinical trials are underway that could expand use of the antibody drug conjugate to more cancer patients.

OrbiMed-incubated Theseus unveils $100M to beat cancer drug resistance

Incubated by OribMed and led by Ariad Pharmaceuticals veterans, Theseus Pharmaceuticals unveiled $100 million in Series B financing to develop the next generation of tyrosine kinase inhibitors, a type of cancer drug. The company expects to enter the clinic by the end of 2021.