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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.

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Ascelia Pharma Successfully Meets Primary Endpoint with Strong Headline Results in Orviglance Phase 3 Study

Ascelia Pharma AB (publ) (ticker: ACE), a biotech focused on improving the life of people living with rare cancer conditions, today announced that liver imaging drug candidate, Orviglance®, significantly improved visualization of focal liver lesions, successfully...

Fund IV company Cardior Pharmaceuticals acquired by Novo Nordisk

Cardior is a leader in the discovery and development of therapies that target RNA as a means to prevent, repair and reverse diseases of the heart. The company’s therapeutic approach targets distinctive non-coding RNAs as a platform for addressing root causes of...

A Sunstone team update

After 17 years as General Partner and co-founder of Sunstone Life Science Ventures and almost 40 years in the life science industry, our colleague Sten Verland will be taking on a part-time role as Venture Partner as of February 1. Sten will continue to manage his...

Sunstone Life Science Ventures divests its holding in Arcoma AB

Sunstone announces that one hundred percent of the holding in Arcoma AB have been sold in a structured block sale. Sunstone has been a major owner in Arcoma since 2010 and is proud of what the company has achieved in delivering world-class digital radiographic...

Sunstone Life Science Ventures joins EUR 57 Million Series A Investment in Kynexis to Advance Development of Novel Therapeutics for Cognitive Disorders

Sunstone Life Science Ventures (Sunstone), a leading Nordic venture capital firm, is excited to announce its participation in a EUR 57 million Series A funding round for Kynexis B.V., a pioneering biotech company dedicated to advancing treatments for cognitive...

5 latest insights

Sunstone has supported and funded companies that have been the originator of 20 life-changing products

Since the inception in 2007, Sunstone Life Science Ventures (Sunstone) has co-created, supported and funded life science companies that have been the originator of 20 life-changing products approved for the treatment or diagnosis of patients with cardiovascular,...

Biotech startups in Scandinavia have 460 MEUR at hand – but burn is up – and runway the shortest in 3 years

As the market continues to fluctuate and geopolitical issues continue to impact the economy, it's important to take a closer look at the state of pre-commercial life science companies. At Sunstone, we assisted companies in our portfolio with listings and refinancing,...

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...

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