TVM Capital Life Science Invests in Kaneq Bioscience

TVM Life Science Ventures VII has invested an undisclosed amount of money into Montréal-based Kaneq Bioscience Ltd. Kaneq is a biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for type 2 diabetes, and a spin out of Kaneq Pharma Inc. TVM Life Science Ventures VII, managed by TVM Capital Life Science, a venture capital firm with offices in Montréal, Munich and Boston, was closed at C$150 million in May, 2012.


TVM Life Science Ventures VII today announced an investment into Kaneq Bioscience Ltd. based in Montreal, Quebec. This company is a spin out of Kaneq Pharma Inc., a biotechnology company developing early stage compounds for metabolic diseases and cancer. Kaneq Bioscience Ltd. was specifically created to develop a protein tyrosine phosphatase1B (“PTP-1B”) inhibitor for treating type 2 diabetes mellitus. “Other approaches targeting PTP-1B have shown efficacy in the clinic but oral small molecules have remained elusive. Our compound has promise as an orally active insulin sensitizer that can be paired with existing therapies.” stated Dr. Daniel Bouthillier, CEO of Kaneq Pharma Inc., who has joined Kaneq Bioscience Ltd. as Executive Chairman. Dr. Cynthia Lavoie, General Partner of TVM Capital Life Science and Board Member of Kaneq Bioscience Ltd. adds: “We are pleased to collaborate with Kaneq Pharma to create a company in Montreal which addresses a huge market need for diabetes patients”.

This is the first investment for TVM Life Science Ventures VII, a life sciences venture fund domiciled in Montreal QC, which follows a new investment approach to developing pharmaceutical assets to a human proof-of-concept in single asset companies. This approach has proven to be highly capital efficient through a high degree of outsourcing while creating an opportunity for faster exits through a trade sale to a pharmaceutical player looking to build its pipeline without having to take on legacy companies around the products that appeal to them.

Kaneq Bioscience Ltd. will tap into the rich ecosystem of service providers in the area to bring its asset to human proof-of-concept, including expertise provided by Montreal-based Chorus Canada, an offshoot of global-early-phase drug development network Chorus, an autonomous unit of Eli Lilly and Company. The company is also benefitting from the involvement of Kaneq Pharma management, a highly experienced team with complementary skills in pharmaceutical development.

About TVM Capital Life Science
TVM Capital Life Science is providing venture capital to the international pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical technology industries with more than 25-years of transatlantic investment track record and in excess of US$1.1bn under management. The Life Science Investment Group’s mission is to invest in the development of exciting early stage drug candidates and companies in the medical field that are or aspire to be innovative leaders in their market segment. Since 1984, TVM Capital Life Science made 116 investments in life science companies in Europe and the United States and exited from 85 companies, including 41 initial public offerings on the NASDAQ, and the London, Frankfurt, Zurich and Vienna Stock Exchanges and 25 trade sales and mergers. The Life Science team combines long-standing international investment and company building experience with their track record of dedicated board work, extensive global networks in the world of life science research and product development and a direct knowledge of the local markets. TVM Capital Life Science currently invests from its 7th fund generation, TVM Life Science Ventures VII, with an integrated team of investment professionals based in in Montreal and Munich.

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