On a quest to challenge Novo Nordisk in obesity, transpacific startup picks up $70M — and a pair of seasoned execs
Four years after starting Terns Pharmaceuticals together in search of an elusive NASH win, Weidong Zhong and Martijn Fenaux are reuniting at a new startup.
On paper, Sciwind Biosciences — which just raised $70 million in Series C cash — employs a similar setup as Terns: Both have embraced the transpacific model, taking root in China but planting flags in the US.
Zhong was tapped to be president of the San Francisco-based subsidiary back in July, on top of assuming the role as chief strategy officer. Weeks later, Fenaux has been appointed SVP, nonclinical development and translational science at the parent company out of Hangzhou — joining the team alongside chief scientific officer Xinle Wu, who brings experience running R&D for both Eli Lilly and Amgen in China.
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