More News! Desktop Genetics Looks to Raise £1.5M “For Growth”

Try as we might, we can’t cover all the biotech news out there! Here’s a roundup of news that didn’t make the cut this week.

  • An innovation hub is coming to Karlsruher, thanks to a €30M investment from ZEISS.
  • Desktop Genetics is looking to raise another £1.5M “for growth.”
  • Omeicos is expanding in a variety of areas: it has extended its Series B, is trying to push its tech into ophthalmology, and moving to establish a subsidiary in Boston.
  • Lunaphore raked in 6M CHF for its cancer tissue diagnostics aimed at hospitals and laboratories.
  • The US government granted Addex $5.3M (€4.5M) to work on treatments for cocaine abuse.
  • Transgene counts with a new partner, Randox, to develop multifunctional virotherapies for solid tumors.
  • Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult has partnered with Forum for Innovative Regenerative Medicine in Japan to accelerate research and commercialization of regenerative therapies.
  • Novadiscovery, a startup that pitched at Refresh, signed on to collaborate with Enyo Pharma in the development of its lead candidate.
  • AMR has in-licensed an antibiotic candidate from Medivir in a deal of undisclosed value.
  • Promethera is partnering with Shibuya to establish a cell therapy and regenerative medicine manufacturing platform.


  • Noxxon has proved the concept of its lead compound NOX-A12 in combination with checkpoint inhibitors in a preclinical study.
  • Vantia’s fedovapagon for nocturne met its endpoints in a Phase III trial.
  • TiGenix has announced Cx601 is effective at the 52-week mark for the treatment of Crohn’s disease and will present more detailed results at ACG 2017.

  • Milner Therapeutics Institute debuted a global 65 institution-strong alliance to collaborate on research in Cambridge.
  • Apogenix received Orphan Designation from the European Commission for its immuno-oncology candidate asunercept to treat Myelodysplastic Syndromes.
  • Sanofi & Regeneron beat back Amgen in a PCSK9 patent appeal.

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