Series D is Mirna’s Largest Financing to Date With Ten Institutional and Strategic Investors
AUSTIN, TX–(Marketwired – April 30, 2015) – Mirna Therapeutics (Mirna), a private, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical and immuno-oncology company focused on the development of microRNA-based cancer therapeutics, today announced the completion of a $41.8 million Series D financing. The company’s second institutional financing was led by Baxter Ventures, joined by other new investors, Eastern Capital, Santé Ventures, Morningside Ventures, Rock Springs Capital, and Celgene Corporation. Existing investors Sofinnova Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Pfizer Ventures, Osage University Partners, Correlation Ventures, and others, also participated in the financing. The funding will enable Mirna to advance its lead microRNA (miRNA) therapeutic product candidate, MRX34, into Phase 1b and Phase 2 trials in 2016. Indications for further development will be selected at the completion of Mirna’s ongoing Phase 1 trial in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, other solid tumors and hematological malignancies. The Company also plans to advance a second miRNA therapeutic candidate into clinical trials with the proceeds of this financing, as well as embark on a combination therapy development program.
“Mirna is the industry leader in microRNA Replacement Therapy and we are excited to have the opportunity to invest,” said Geeta Vemuri, Vice President and Head of Baxter Ventures. “The Company has generated [click to continue…]
Regulatory Application for RG-101 to be Filed in the Near Term: Clinical Studies in Man Expected to Commence in Early 2014
LA JOLLA, Calif., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: RGLS), a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, today announced that data demonstrating the positive preclinical profile of RG-101 will be presented in a late-breaking poster session at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) being held in Washington, D.C. on Monday, November 4, 2013 from8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) to 5:30 p.m. EST. The poster is available on the Company’s website at http://www.regulusrx.com.
“RG-101 utilizes a unique mechanism of action by targeting microRNA-122, a liver-specific host factor for stability, replication and translation of HCV. We believe that therapies that target host-encoded factors essential for HCV replication may act as attractive combination agents because they may demonstrate activity across [click to continue…]
COLUMBUS, Ohio, and NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Ohio State University today announced the signing of an exclusive world-wide agreement with Microlin Bio Inc., licensing a large portfolio of Ohio State’s groundbreaking cancer discoveries. The portfolio includes nearly 100 issued and pending microRNA patents that could lead to entirely new, more effective and more targeted ways to diagnose and treat prostate, ovarian, colon and lung cancers. Additionally, Microlin Bio Inc. has licensed a novel nucleic acid delivery technology to deliver these transformational therapies to cancer cells.
These technologies, years in the making, were developed by The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) researcher Carlo Croce, M.D., The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy researcher Robert Lee, Ph.D., and collaborators from the National Cancer Institute with the National Institutes of Health.
Just over 10 years ago, Croce was the first in the world to link small cellular molecules called microRNA to cancer. MicroRNAs are now known to play a pivotal role in the growth and spread of many [click to continue…]