Itero Biopharmaceuticals Inc., a San Mateo, Calif.-based protein and antibody startup, has raised $21 million in Series A funding. SV Life Sciences and Panorama Capital co-led the round, and were joined by VenturEast. The company also signed a strategic partnership with Biological E.
Itero Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held developer of value-added follow-on and novel therapeutic proteins and antibodies, announced a broad-ranging partnership with Biological E. Limited, a privately held Indian firm with a 55 year history of manufacturing biologics. Simultaneously, Itero announced a $21 million Series A venture financing.
Itero and Biological E. will collaborate to obtain worldwide approvals and commercialize jointly developed biopharmaceuticals. Itero will be responsible for financing the development of the drug candidates, while Biological E. will be responsible for financing the manufacture of the products to meet worldwide demand. Itero will retain commercial rights in the United States, Europe, and Japan, while Biological E. will retain commercial rights in all other territories.
Series A Venture Financing
Itero simultaneously announced that it has secured a $21 million Series A venture financing commitment. SV Life Sciences, the company's largest shareholder, and Panorama Capital led the financing with additional participation from VenturEast. The proceeds will be used to fund the initial development of Itero's therapeutic protein pipeline.
Itero Biopharmaceuticals, a San Mateo, CA based biopharmaceutical company, is focused on developing value-added follow-on and novel therapeutic proteins and antibodies. The company was founded in early 2007 by a group of experienced biotechnology industry executives, including:
- V. Bryan Lawlis, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and a director, formerly CEO of Covance Biotechnology Services and Aradigm Corporation and VP, Process Development of Genentech, Inc.;
- R. Jerald Beers, SVP and Chief Commercial Officer, formerly EVP, Business Development and Marketing of Aradigm, General Manager of Genentech Canada, Inc. and VP, Marketing of Genentech, Inc.;
- Darlene Horton, M.D., SVP and Chief Medical Officer, formerly SVP of Clinical Research and Medical Affairs at Scios, Inc. (J&J), Head of Cardiovascular Clinical Development at J&J and a Pediatric Cardiologist;
- Mark Olbert, SVP and Chief Financial Officer, formerly VP, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Aradigm.
Established in 1953, Biological E. Ltd. (BE) has been a leading vaccine and pharmaceutical company based out of Hyderabad, India. The company produces a range of critical vaccines and has been an active partner with the National Immunization Programs of various countries. The company continues to invest in large-scale cGMP facilities in order to increase its capacities and product range to offer vaccines/biologics on a global basis including US FDA and EMEA markets. In addition to its pipeline of vaccines and biologics, the company has entered into a number of strategic collaborations with leading biotech companies and research institutes for joint R&D projects. Biological E. is a privately held company and is run by professionals with significant experience in the global biopharmaceutical business. For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.biologicale.com.
Panorama Capital is a venture capital firm focused on technology and life sciences companies. Panorama Capital has a singular focus: helping entrepreneurs build market-leading companies. Panorama invests in entrepreneurs and teams who share its values: a passion to build great companies; an unyielding focus on people and teamwork; and a commitment to integrity. Panorama's philosophy is to make that same commitment to the teams it supports, over and above its financial investment, and to take a hands-on, highly collaborative approach to investing, bringing to each portfolio company the team's extensive operating and investing experience. For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.panoramacapital.com.
SV Life Sciences Advisers, LLC (“SVLS”) is a life sciences-focused venture capital business. SVLS funds invest in companies requiring funding within the human life sciences sector including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, medical devices and instruments, healthcare IT and services. SVLS advises or manages four venture capital funds and a publicly traded investment trust with total capital of approximately $1.6 billion that invest in life sciences companies at all stages of development. SVLS has 29 professionals and has invested in over 175 companies over the course of the last decade making SVLS one of the largest and most active healthcare investors in the world. SVLS was established in 1993 and currently has offices in Boston, San Francisco and London. For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.svlsa.com.
VenturEast's Biotechnology Fund is the only early-stage life sciences focused venture fund in India. The fund management team, including Sarath Naru, Shekhar Reddy, Ramesh Alur and Bobba Venkatadri, is one of the oldest operating VC teams in the country. The management team, with strong operating background, has built quite a few market leaders and built a reputation as a preferred early stage VC investor in India. VenturEast works closely with its entrepreneurs and helps them develop business plans to build unique competitive advantages. The fund has invested in pioneering cross-border drug discovery deals where Indian operations of US and European companies are providing cost-efficient R&D in biology and chemistry; and scaled manufacturing for biologics. Itero is a classic example of our modus operandii where we have helped the company to identify products and partners in India. The fund has also invested in India-specific opportunities in healthcare services and clean technology adoption. For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.ventureast.net.