A Roche drug that failed as a treatment for neurological disorders is now the lead program for Disc Medicines. CEO John Quisel said Roche’s clinical data showed the small molecule’s promise addressing a rare blood disorder and now the biotech startup has $90 million to advance that drug and another one into Phase 2 testing.
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.
What You Should Know: Life sciences investment firm OrbiMed announced $3.5 billion in commitments for its latest private investment funds, including $1.5 billion for OrbiMed Private Investments VIII, $800 million for OrbiMed Asia Partners IV, and $1.2 billion for OrbiMed Royalty & Credit Opportunities III. The three new funds include a broad range of medical …
The company is currently running a Phase I study of its lead candidate, the antibody-drug conjugate VLS-101, in patients with lymphomas and leukemias. It has two additional antibody-drug conjugates and a bispecific antibody in preclinical development.