Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Houston-based drug startup focused on prostate cancer, has raised $4.5 million in Series A and convertible note financing. The company has now raised a total of $8.5 million, including $1.45 million from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.
Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced $4.5 million in Series A and Convertible Note funding. The new funds will be used to complete the company’s ongoing Phase I/IIa trial of BP-GMAX-CD1 in patients with advanced, androgen independent prostate cancer, and to prepare for Phase IIb trials. The company anticipates reporting initial results of the Phase I/IIa trial in mid 2010.
The new funding brings the total raised to date to $8.5 million, including $1.45 million from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, $6.8 million from angel investors, and additional seed capital from founders. The $6.8 million in angel funding includes $4.3 million as Series A and $2.5 million as a Note convertible into Series A.
Bellicum Chief Executive Officer Tom Farrell stated, “It is particularly gratifying to raise sufficient funds in this challenging economic environment to advance beyond our next significant milestone, which is demonstrating clinical proof of principle for our core vaccine technology”.
Bellicum Founder, President & Chief Medical Officer Kevin M. Slawin, M.D., added “Thanks to the support
of our current and new investors, we are now in a strong position to realize the significant potential of our lead product to positively impact the lives of men living with prostate cancer.”
About Bellicum Pharmaceuticals
Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is developing next generation therapeutic vaccines and other immunotherapeutic approaches for the treatment of cancer and chronic infectious diseases. Bellicum’s novel approach is to control the signaling pathways that regulate the immune response, thereby generating potent, durable antigen-specific immunity. The company’s lead product, BPGMAX-CD1, a genetically modified, pharmacologically regulated autologous vaccine, is in clinical development for patients with advanced, androgen independent prostate cancer. The company owns or has in-licensed certain key technologies, and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Farrell has assembled a team of seasoned clinical, regulatory, quality and CMC consultants to advance product candidates through human clinical trials. For more information, visit www.bellicum.com.