GenapSys raises $75M to bring its tabletop DNA sequencer to Asia amid coronavirus outbreak

FierceBiotech | February 06, 2020

Just months after collecting $90 million to support the launch of its compact DNA sequencing hardware, GenapSys has raised another $75 million to finance its global expansion with its eyes set on the Asia-Pacific market and the expanding coronavirus outbreak. The company’s high-throughput sequencer—which sits on a tabletop and weighs less than 10 pounds—is being launched in South Korea, Singapore, Japan and China as part of more than 25 recently inked distribution deals.

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By devising computer models of individual patients’ hearts, Natalia Trayanova, Ph.D., the Murray B. Sachs Professor at Johns Hopkins University, has found ways to better treat and prevent arrhythmias. Trayanova's talk was recorded on Oct. 2, 2014, at the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences' Molecules & Martinis event held in Palo Alto, CA.

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By devising computer models of individual patients’ hearts, Natalia Trayanova, Ph.D., the Murray B. Sachs Professor at Johns Hopkins University, has found ways to better treat and prevent arrhythmias. Trayanova's talk was recorded on Oct. 2, 2014, at the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences' Molecules & Martinis event held in Palo Alto, CA.

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RegeneRx Licensee Acquired by Korean Biopharmaceutical Group

RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. | September 28, 2021

RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage drug development company focused on tissue protection, repair and regeneration), announced that GtreeBNT, the licensee for several RegeneRx products, is being acquired by HLB Group, a Korean company that includes six biopharmaceutical and financial subsidiaries in Korea and the U.S. GtreeBNT announced that as part of its acquisition the company would issue approximately US$80 million of new stock and convertible bonds to HLB Group to fund ongoing programs. The new capital should speed up the clinical trials currently in progress and allow the company to focus on new drug approval. RGN-259 will remain a priority for the company. HLB's recommended executives are expected to be appointed at the general meeting scheduled for October 29, 2021. Won Yang, the current CEO of GtreeBNT, is expected to remain as the chief research officer and continue to lead the development of new drugs after the acquisition. RegeneRx has scheduled its 2021 Annual Stockholder Meeting for November 10, 2021 and hopes to have additional details on the acquisition and its effect on GtreeBNT's clinical development activities and timing related to RGN-259 and RGN-137, products developed for the treatment of dry eye syndrome, neurotrophic keratitis, and epidermolysis bullosa. The fact that GtreeBNT will receive a significant capital infusion related to the transaction, we believe, should benefit the development of the products we licensed to the company. As soon as practicable after we receive any new information from the new management related to our products we will update our stockholders. - J.J. Finkelstein, president and chief executive. About RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. RegeneRx is focused on the development of novel therapeutic peptides, including Thymosin beta 4 (Tβ4) and its constituent fragments, for tissue and organ protection, repair, and regeneration. RegeneRx currently has three drug candidates in clinical development for ophthalmic, cardiac/neuro and dermal indications, four active strategic licensing agreements in the U.S., China, and Pan Asia (Korea, Japan, and Australia, among others), and the EU, and has patents and patent applications covering its products in many countries throughout the world.

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Novo Holdings Leads US$21M Series A Financing in BIOMILQ

Novo Holdings | October 21, 2021

BIOMILQ is developing a novel infant feeding option, derived from human mammary cells, to better meet infants' nutritional needs and with a lower carbon footprint than traditional bovine-based infant formula. Earlier this year, BIOMILQ announced it had successfully produced a milk product with many of the same macronutrients that are known to be abundantly present in breastmilk in its lab based in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, US. In the US, it is estimated that 75%1 of women are unable to exclusively breastfeed for the six months after birth as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization. Breastfeeding can be difficult due to latching issues, birth complications, discomfort or pain, exhaustion, inadequate milk supply, amongst other reasons. Alternative supplements, such as bovine-based infant formula, can lack the nutritional and bioactive composition found in breast milk. BIOMILQ's technology and solutions can be transformative in the field of infant nutrition, a market with a significant need for innovation. "Our mission is to make a growing and positive impact on health, science and society. We are delighted to support BIOMILQ through its journey pioneering mammary biotechnology. Its products have the potential to disrupt the infant supplemental feeding industry. We aim to use our scientific knowledge, operational expertise and global network to further strengthen the Company's ability to improve lives. Kartik Dharmadhikari, Partner at Novo Groand BIOMILQ Board Director Michelle Egger, Chief Executive Officer and Co Founder of BIOMILQ, added: "We are very pleased to have such experienced investors in our Series A financing. Novo Holdings, as a leading international life science investor, lends significant market experience and technical knowhow to BIOMILQ's mission to nourish healthier infants, empower parents through choice, and contribute to a healthier planet. The investor syndicate was led by Novo Holdings, with participation from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Blue Horizon, Spero Ventures, Digitalis Ventures, Green Generation Fund and Gaingels. About Novo Holdings A/S Novo Holdings A/S is a private limited liability company wholly owned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. It is the holding company of the Novo Group, comprising Novo Nordisk A/S and Novozymes A/S, and is responsible for managing the Novo Nordisk Foundation's assets. Novo Holdings is recognized as a leading international life science investor, with a focus on creating long-term value. As a life science investor, Novo Holdings provides seed and venture capital to development-stage companies and takes significant ownership positions in growth and well-established companies. Novo Holdings also manages a broad portfolio of diversified financial assets. Further information. About BIOMILQ BIOMILQ's mission is to close the nutritional gap between infant feeding options. In June 2021, BIOMILQ announced its capability of producing a milk product, derived from human mammary cells, that has macronutrient profiles that closely match the expected types and proportions of proteins, complex carbohydrates, fatty acids and other bioactive lipids that are known to be abundantly present in breastmilk. 1 "Breastfeeding Among U.S. Children Born 2011–2018, CDC National Immunization Survey." Centers for Disease Control

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ProteoNic Announces Licensing of Technology for Boosting Therapeutic Protein Production to Immunomedics

ProteoNic | October 20, 2020

ProteoNic BV, a leading provider of technology and services in the field of production of biologics, today announced it has licensed its premium 2G UNic™ technology for boosting therapeutic protein production to Immunomedics, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMMU), a biopharmaceutical company developing immuno-therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Under the agreement, Immunomedics gains commercial rights for application of ProteoNic's technology platform to the development of specified proprietary products from mammalian cells. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. ProteoNic's protein expression technology improves production levels across a range of host cells, selection systems and protein targets. It increases transcription and translation rates via a combination of novel genetic elements, which together exert a powerful positive effect on recombinant protein production levels without impacting product quality or cell line stability attributes. 2G UNic™ can be readily combined with other protein expression-enhancing technologies to improve their performance.

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