Novo Holdings Invests in US$105 Million Series C Funding of Alentis Therapeutics
Novo Holdings A/S, a leading international life sciences investor, today announced it has participated in a new investment in the US$105 million Series C financing of Alentis Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotech developing breakthrough treatments for organ fibrosis and Claudin-1 (CLDN1) positive tumors. The financing will support clinical development of Alentis’ lead investigational products ALE.F02 and ALE.C04 as well as the CLDN1 platform development.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Novo Holdings as our investor and Naveed Siddiqi to join the Board of Directors,” said Dr. Roberto Iacone, CEO at Alentis Therapeutics. “There are huge unmet needs in organ fibrosis and cancer, and this funding enables us to continue with the important work we’re doing in the CLDN1 space and generate clinical data from both our programs. We can now aggressively develop CLDN1 biology in oncology and continue with the recruitment of our organ fibrosis trials while advancing our ADC and bi-specific antibodies.”
Naveed Siddiqi, Senior Partner at Novo Holdings, said, “The Venture Investments team of Novo Holdings has an extensive track record of backing high quality biotechs across Europe and the US, developing novel treatments for unmet medical needs. Alentis has pioneered a world leading position in the CLDN1 space and is led by highly capable drug developers. We were encouraged by exciting emerging pre-clinical data in oncology and the potential of CLDN1 targeted therapeutics to treat a wide range of cancers where CLDN1 is highly expressed. We are looking forward to supporting Alentis as it further advances its pipeline in the clinic with the proceeds of this round.”
Novo Holdings’ Ventures Investment team has made several prior biotech investments in Switzerland and has a high regard for its innovation ecosystem.
Alentis has made major strides in the last two years: the ALE.F02 MAD study completion is imminent; it has clearly defined the CLDN1+ cancer patient population, including T-cell excluded cancers to develop ALE.C04 in oncology; established the platform to engineer CLDN1 antibody drug conjugates and bi-specific antibodies that the Series C will help to further develop; and is expanding its team of top talent.
The funding round was led by Jeito Capital together with Novo Holdings A/S and RA Capital Management and participation from existing investors including BB Pureos Bioventures, Bpifrance through its InnoBio Fund 2, and Schroders Capital.
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