Seeking a place among giants in the oncolytic virus field, little Cold Genesys bags $22M Series C
A small biotech out of California has refueled with $22 million for the next leg of its quest in oncolytic immunotherapies, a hot field that’s grabbed the attention of major pharma players keen to find the winning combo tech in the I/O 2.0 race.
Cold Genesys and its investors for the Series C are pretty much putting all their eggs in the CG0070 basket. The company bought the drug, which had already gone through Phase I, from BioSante Pharmaceuticals back when it first got started in 2010, with $95,000 upfront and a 20% stock ownership. Fast forward nine years, CG0070 has been tested in more than 100 bladder cancer patients in a Phase II as a monotherapy, and is lined up for combination trials with Merck’s Keytruda as well as other checkpoint modulators.
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