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This is where we share our own and our portfolio companies’ press releases as well as relevant Sunstone articles, analyses and SoMe posts.

5 latest press releases

Ascelia Pharma Announces Successful Final Results from Orviglance Hepatic Impairment Study

Ascelia Pharma AB (publ) (ticker: ACE), a biotech focused on improving the life of people living with rare cancer conditions, today announced the final results of the Hepatic Impairment Study confirming that the company’s lead drug candidate, the magnetic resonance...

MinervaX announces that EMA has awarded PRIME Status for its Group B Streptococcal vaccine

MinervaX, a privately held Danish biotechnology company,today announces that EMA has awarded PRIME status for its vaccine against Group B Streptococcus (GBS).PRIME is aimed at enhancing support for the development of medicines that target an unmet medical need. This...

Galecto Completes Enrollment in Phase 1b_2a GULLIVER-2 Trial of its Selective, Oral Galectin-3 Inhibitor GB1211 in Liver Cirrhosis

BOSTON, March 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Galecto, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLTO), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of novel treatments for fibrosis and cancer, today announced it has completed enrollment in Parts 2 and 3 of its ongoing 3-part...

NEC OncoImmunity Acquires VAXIMM’s Neoantigen Vaccine Development Assets

NEC OncoImmunity (NOI), a subsidiary of NEC Corporation (NEC), and VAXIMM AG, a Swiss/German biotech company focused on developing an oral plug and play DNA vaccination technology to stimulate patients’ cytotoxic T-cells targeting a wide range of cancer-related...

TargED Biopharmaceuticals raises EUR 39 Million in Series A financing to bring groundbreaking thrombolytic treatment to patients

TargED Biopharmaceuticals (“TargED”), a private biotechnology company focused on developing improved treatments for thrombotic diseases, today announces it has raised Series A financing of EUR 39 million to accelerate development of its lead compound, Microlyse. The...

5 latest articles

Unmet medical needs in cardiovascular sub-populations – an opportunity for VCs?

Unmet medical needs in cardiovascular sub-populations – an opportunity for VCs?  For the past 5 months we have had the pleasure of having Philip Brainin as intern at Sunstone Life Science Ventures. Apart from bringing valuable insights to our daily activities, he has...

Why do VC’s not cut losses in time?

Why do VC’s not cut losses in time?  A clinical trial is a very expensive experiment for testing a hypothesis, while hoping for a positive outcome. However, if well designed, a negative outcome could increase the potential for a positive outcome in a subsequent trial....

Are some diseases associated with a higher risk of venture capital losses?

Are some diseases associated with a higher risk of venture capital losses?  Before summer we posted a study correlating venture capital losses in drug development with the magnitude of funding of clinical trials. We have used two approaches to find losses: 1)...

Do compromises in clinical trials cause Venture Capital losses?

Do compromises in clinical trials cause Venture Capital losses? In 2020 and 2021 Sunstone looked in depth at drug development venture-backed successes to find usable attributes and learn from the past. We have now turned the analysis up-side down and looked at the...

Who is in the driver’s seat of our industry?

A recent analysis from Pharma Intelligence | Informa 2021 highlights the current trends of pipeline products (top panel). We have subsequently surveyed Sunstone’s incoming deal flow for the same period and noted the correlation for the top 3 categories with oncology...

US IPO: Value recognition? Not really! Trading liquidity? Yes!

We previously looked at M&A of VC funded private and listed companies in the EU and US (https://bit.ly/3EU4n8H). Listing EU companies in the US is perceived as more attractive or beneficial – but is it reflected in the numbers?  Recently, we decided to take a...

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Why do VC’s not cut losses in time?

Why do VC’s not cut losses in time?  A clinical trial is a very expensive experiment for testing a hypothesis, while hoping for a positive outcome. However, if well designed, a negative outcome could increase the potential for a positive outcome in a subsequent trial....

Why would you do a US IPO?

We recently compared EUR >50M M&A’s of VC funded EU and US drug developing companies and concluded that a substantial difference exists between the EU and US (https://bit.ly/3uftQmU). Previously we have also looked at EU M&A’s before or after an IPO....

Best country for sourcing new deals?

Do you also in your mind have a priority list of destinations to visit once the world normalises and you can get back on a plane? If so, and if you are a Venture Capitalist, you may also be wondering which countries have been creating most Life Science M&A...

To IPO… or not to IPO

We have recently added 12 venture funded companies to our M&A analysis of European therapeutic companies acquired post-IPO. As expected, those companies were acquired at a later developed stage. As previously highlighted most European venture capital funded...

Modest interest in Human Safety!?

We have previously highlighted that most European venture capital funded therapeutic companies are acquired after receiving less than EUR 45M in venture capital funding. It also appears that companies are acquired either before EUR 10M have been invested or after an...

Beating the odds

What do you think? Let us know in our feed on LinkedIn:  Using Pitchbook® we have identified 56, EUR >50M, M&A transactions of VC funded companies developing therapeutics from 2010 to 2020 and have modelled the investor cash flow in each of the companies....

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