Baeuerle-backed Cullinan grows its pipeline of portfolio plays, adopts a new cancer drug with eye to clinical development
About 15 months after Cullinan Oncology debuted with $150 million and introduced its part-fund/part-operating company model for piecing together a pipeline full of cancer drugs under individual investment vehicles, the biotech is publicly spotlighting an early-stage oncology drug that is being adopted after making the cut.
The biotech struck a deal with Taiho Pharmaceuticals to take the drug and put it in a vehicle dubbed Cullinan Pearl, which will operate under the umbrella organization now manned by a lean-and-mean team of 15. Taiho in turn gets a chunk of equity and its venture arm is investing alongside Cullinan in a launch round for Pearl.
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