Chinese biotech company NeuShen Therapeutics, Inc. has closed an approximately $20 million series pre-A financing led by LAPAM, a China based venture capital. \n\n\n\nThe new capital will be used to expand the team and catalyze in-house CNS (central nervous system) drug discovery in both the U.S. and China.\n\n\n\n"The successful completion of this fundraising is a testimony to our team's ability to accomplish CNS drug development, and jump starts our discovery engine to build a pipeline with AAV-based gene therapy and small molecule programs," said Joan Shen, chief executive officer and founder of NeuShen Therapeutics. \n\n\n\n"CNS disease is an area with huge unmet needs. Our company has had a very clear goal from day 1, which is to develop novel therapies to relieve the burdens of patients with CNS disorders. In the past few months, we have developed an achievable R&D strategy and built-up a substantial core team with experienced CNS drug hunters. Significant progress has been made in building the internal small molecule pipeline and new AAV gene therapy programs. In addition, multiple collaborations and partnerships have been discussed and established."\n\n\n\nCNS disorders\n\n\n\nCNS disorders are increasingly recognized as major causes of death and disability worldwide while the diagnosis and treatments have largely lagged. \n\n\n\n"Bringing breakthroughs and learnings from other disease targets such as ophthalmology, oncology and hematology, we believe AAV-based gene therapy represents a new opportunity in the treatment of CNS disorders. My colleagues and I at Horae Gene Therapy Center are looking forward to working with Neushen to explore these treatment opportunities. The experiences of NeuShen team in neurosciences will be critical to make this happen," said Guangping Gao, professor, director, Horae Gene Therapy Center, UMass Chan Medical School. \n\n\n\nThe collaborations between NeuShen Therapeutics and UMass are currently in discussion, which will include multiple projects in CNS gene therapy.\n\n\n\n"We are very excited to partner with NeuShen from the beginning. Lapam Capital has a strong commitment to healthcare, and we believe the CNS therapeutic area will attract more investment, considering the huge unmet needs and scientific advancements in the field. We highly value Dr. Joan Shen and her management team for their expertise. Lampam Capital is confident with NeuShen's ability to be a top player in developing innovative therapies for CNS diseases," said Zhihua Yu, managing director of Lapam Capital.\n\n\n\n"Dr. Shen has assembled a pre-eminent group of scientists, clinicians and drug developers to build a global biotech developing novel medicines for unmet needs in CNS therapeutic areas. TTM Capital are excited to support Neushen to build its multi-modality pipelines to help patients worldwide," said Lilly Zhang, founding and managing partner at TTM Capital.