Ribometrix Announces Collaboration with Genentech to Discover and Develop RNA-Targeted Small Molecule Therapeutics

Ribometrix Announces Collaboration with Genentech to Discover and Develop RNA-Targeted Small Molecule Therapeutics

DURHAM, N.C. — January 6, 2021 — Ribometrix, Inc., today announced a strategic collaboration with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, to discover and develop novel RNA-targeted small molecule therapeutics against several targets.

Ribometrix is focused on leveraging its RNA structural expertise and analytical capabilities to make the vast landscape of RNA, which is involved in a wide variety of disease processes, accessible to small molecule therapeutics. Ribometrix’s platform uses multiple specialized technologies, including world-leading structural analytic capabilities, to identify 3D motifs in RNA molecules and then design small molecule candidates that bind to these motifs to produce a therapeutic effect.

BioAtla Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 15, 2020 — BioAtla, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCAB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a novel class of highly specific and selective antibody-based therapeutics for the treatment of solid tumor cancer, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 10,500,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $18.00 per share. All of the shares of common stock are being offered by BioAtla. The shares of common stock are expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Market on December 16, 2020 under the ticker symbol “BCAB.” The gross proceeds of the offering, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses payable by BioAtla, are expected to be approximately $189.0 million. The offering is expected to close on December 18, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. In addition, BioAtla has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,575,000 shares of common stock at the initial public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions.

4D Molecular Therapeutics Announces Upsized Pricing of Initial Public Offering

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Dec. 10, 2020 — 4D Molecular Therapeutics, Inc. (4DMT), a clinical-stage gene therapy company harnessing the power of directed evolution for targeted gene therapies, announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 8,400,000 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $23.00 per share. All of the shares are being offered by 4DMT. The gross proceeds from the offering, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses payable by 4DMT, are expected to be $193.2 million. In connection with the offering, 4DMT has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,260,000 additional shares of common stock. The shares are expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on December 11, 2020 under the ticker symbol “FDMT.” The offering is expected to close on December 15, 2020, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Reneo Pharmaceuticals Raises $95 Million in Series B Financing, Co-led by Novo Ventures and Abingworth

SAN DIEGODec. 9, 2020 — Reneo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced it raised $95 million in a Series B financing co-led by Novo Ventures and Abingworth and supported by existing investors New Enterprise Associates, RiverVest Venture Partners, Pappas Capital, and Lundbeckfonden Ventures, as well as new investors Rock Springs Capital, Aisling Capital, Amzak Health, and other investors. Reneo is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapies for patients with genetic mitochondrial diseases.

Mirum Pharmaceuticals Announces European Medicines Agency Validation of the Marketing Authorization Application for Maralixibat in Patients with PFIC2

FOSTER CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 30, 2020– Mirum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIRM), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapies for debilitating liver diseases, today announced that the company’s Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for its investigational medicine, maralixibat, for the treatment of patients with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis type 2 (PFIC2), also known as bile salt export pump (BSEP) deficiency, was accepted for review (validated) by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The validation of the application by the EMA confirms all essential regulatory elements are included in the submission such that the EMA can begin its review.

VelosBio to be Acquired by Merck for $2.75 billion

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NCNov. 5, 2020 — Pappas Capital, a leading venture capital firm focused on advancing life sciences, today announced that its portfolio company, VelosBio Inc. (“VelosBio” or the “Company”), has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a subsidiary of Merck (NYSE: MRK) for $2.75 billion in cash, subject to customary adjustments. The exit is amongst Pappas Capital’s most successful in its 25-plus-year history.

4D Molecular Therapeutics Announces First Patient Dosed in Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of 4D-125 by Intravitreal Injection for the Treatment of X-Linked Retinitis Pigmentosa

EMERYVILLE, CA — 4D Molecular Therapeutics (4DMT), a clinical-stage leader in the development of precision-guided AAV gene medicines based on directed evolution, announced that the first patient has been dosed in the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of 4D-125 for X-Linked Retinitis Pigmentosa (XLRP), a blinding and currently untreatable inherited retinal disease. 4D-125 is an AAV gene therapy with an optimized and proprietary vector designed to deliver a functional copy of the RPGR gene to photoreceptors in the retina. This vector enables both administration by intravitreal injection, a safe and routine clinical route, plus the potential to treat broader and earlier-stage patient populations as compared to subretinal approaches. 4D-125 is a 4DMT-declared ophthalmology therapeutic candidate under 4DMT’s collaboration with Roche, where Roche has an option to take an exclusive world-wide license prior to initiation of a pivotal trial.

Amplyx Doses First Patient in Phase 2 Clinical Trial of Anti-BKV Monoclonal Antibody in Renal Transplant Recipients

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 17, 2020 — Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapies for debilitating and life-threatening diseases in patients with compromised immune systems, today announced that the first patient has been dosed in its Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of MAU868 for the treatment of BK viremia in kidney transplant recipients. MAU868 is a novel, human monoclonal antibody that potently neutralizes all four major genotypes of BK virus (BKV). BKV-associated nephropathy is a leading cause of kidney allograft loss.

Cyclerion Therapeutics Completes $24 Million Private Placement

– Additional capital to accelerate clinical development of IW-6463 in two CNS indications and olinciguat for sickle cell disease –

– IW-6463 translational pharmacology and olinciguat STRONG Phase 2 top line clinical study results remain on track for late summer and late Q3 2020, respectively

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 30, 2020 — Cyclerion Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for serious and orphan diseases, today announced a direct private sale of $24 million of Cyclerion shares of common stock to Slate Path Capital LP and Pappas Capital.

BioAtla Raises $72.5 Million In Series D Financing

SAN DIEGOJuly 15, 2020 — BioAtla, Inc., a global clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of Conditionally Active Biologic (CAB) antibody therapeutics, today announced closing of a Series D financing round raising $72.5 million. The financing was led by Soleus Capital and joined by several new investors including HBM Healthcare Investments as co-lead, Cormorant Asset Management, Farallon Capital, Pappas Capital, funds managed by Janus Henderson, Boxer Capital, and one other institutional investor. Current investor Pfizer Ventures, the venture capital arm of Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), also participated in the financing.