Two R&D pros map a PhIII game plan with $65M round and a castoff from Pfizer
Can Corey Fishman and Michael Dunne come back and repeat the success they had with Durata?
A little more than two years after they succeeded in winning an approval for dalbavancin after spinning out of Pfizer with a castoff antibiotic and then selling the company to Actavis for $675 million, they have the money and another shelved Pfizer antibiotic to work with.
This morning they announced that their biotech Iterum had raised $65 million for the Series B, adding it to the $40 million that got things started in early 2016. Their syndicate of marquee venture players are backing a Phase III program for sulopenem, an old antibiotic that’s been around for years after showing some promise for combating Gram-negative pathogens. Iterum got the antibiotic from Pfizer, which put it on the shelf years ago. And Fishman and Dunne — the former COO and CMO at Durata — think they have a winner for a new product that could prove particularly useful for urinary tract infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections.
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