Sunstone Capital portfolio company Zealand Pharma A/S participated in a panel presentation at 2009 BIO International Concention along with sanofi-aventis and a Health Care advisor to the Obama administration. The presentation “Innnovating for Diabetes: A Number One Priority” took place on May 18 at the largest global event for the biotechnology industry.
At BIO2009, David Salomon, CEO of Zealand Pharma A/S, spoke on the perspective of a biotech ccompany and explained the importance of co-operation ind the field of diabetes as well as elaborating on the successfull business model of discovering new innovative drugs and partnering with global drug development companies.

Sunstone Capital portfolio company Zealand Pharma A/S has received this year’s prestigious Frost & Sullivan European Research & Development Award.
Zealand Pharma A/S is rewarded for demonstrating technological superiority within its industry. The Award recognizes the ability of the company to succesfully develop and introduce new technology, formulate a well-designed product family, and make significant product performance contributions to the industry.
CEO of Zealand Pharma, David Solomon, is honoured by the recognition. “The European Research & Development Award highlights our company’s ongoing achievements in its path to commercializing peptide-based drugs that treat unmet medical needs in the areas of diabetes, metabolism, cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s Disease”, he says.

Symphogen A/S today announced the closing of a euro 33 million (approximately usd 44 million) financing. Existing investors participated in the round, which was led by Essex Woodlands Health Ventures. The financing will be used to mature the company’s product pipeline of antibody therapeutics, particularly within the field of oncology.
“This significant financial commitment from our current investors demonstrates their confidence in Symphogen’s innovative pipeline and antibody discovery and manufacturing technologies,” said Kirsten Drejer, CEO of Symphogen. “The current funding will support the advancement of our lead oncology program, Sym004, towards early clinical studies as Symphogen continues to build a competitive oncology franchise. Coinciding with our strategic decision to focus our internal R&D resources on further maturing our oncology pipeline, Symphogen also plans to broaden our external collaborative activities by engaging in partnership discussions for our anti-RSV and anti-RhD recombinant polyclonal antibody programs.”

Sunstone Capital portfolio company Action Pharma is happy to announce that Torben Jung Laursen has been appointed Executive Vice President of Business Development.
“Torben Jung Laursen is a very strong executive and brings top international expertise in business development to the executive management of Action Pharma,” says Søren Nielsen, CEO of Action Pharma. “The timing is optimal since Action Pharma has a relatively large pipeline in clinical and preclinical development, which is now ready for commercialization.”
Torben Jung Laursen comes from a position as Vice President for New Products and Technologies at Alpharma and has worked 20 years for companies such as Novo Nordisk and Roche.

The Novo Nordisk Prize was founded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and is awarded in the Foundation’s name and from the Foundation’s funds. The prize is awarded – without application – in recognition of unique medical research or other research contributions that are of benefit to medical science.
”With his impressive scientific results Søren Nielsen is placed in the international elite with a very comprehensive scientific production published in high impact research journals,” says Professor Jan Fahrenkrug, chairman of the Prize committee at the Novo Nordisk Foundation.“I am deeply honored and very proud of this prestigious award” says Søren Nielsen, CEO. “It gives major attention to our research achievements and to Action Pharma A/S which was founded in 2000 based on part of this research.”

The prize was awarded based on Søren Nielsen’s and his colleagues’ discoveries on the fundamental role of cell membrane water channels (aquaporins) in water balance regulation and that dysregulation of aquaporins play pivotal roles in water balance disorders including acquired and inherited kidney diseases, heart failure and brain edema.