Elvire Gouze, InnoSkel CEO

Af­ter scor­ing big Pfiz­er buy­out, a Ther­a­chon co-founder turns once again to dwarfism with $24M Se­ries A

Less than two years af­ter sell­ing her first biotech to Pfiz­er for a hefty $810 mil­lion, a French re­searcher has launched a new gene ther­a­py out­fit that’s fo­cus­ing on the same tar­get — dwarfism — but tak­ing a dif­fer­ent path to treat­ment.

The sci­en­tist is Elvire Gouze and the com­pa­ny is In­noSkel, which launched with €20 mil­lion in Se­ries A fi­nanc­ing (about $24.2 mil­lion) ear­ly Mon­day. Though In­noSkel is aim­ing to treat a whole host of rare skele­tal dis­eases that af­fect the body’s col­la­gen, it’s first go­ing af­ter what’s known as spondy­loepi­phy­seal dys­pla­sia con­geni­ta (SEDc), the sec­ond-lead­ing cause of dwarfism that stunts the growth of a pa­tient’s car­ti­lage.

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