Edge Therapeutics racks up about $72.5 mln

Berkeley Heights, New Jersey-based Edge Therapeutics, a biotech company focused on developing therapies for neurological conditions, has secured about $72.5 million in funding from two recent rounds. The company just closed $56 million in a Series C-2 funding round led by Venrock with participation from other investors that included Sofinnova Ventures, Janus Capital Management LLC, New Leaf Venture Partners and BioMed Ventures. The earlier round, which closed in December 2014, raised $16.5 million in Series C-1 funding. The investors for that round were not named. In connection to the Series C-2 round, Dr. Anders Hove of Venrock and Dr. James Healy, a managing partner at Sofinnova Ventures, have been added to Edge Therapeutics’ board of directors.


Natera reels in about $55.5 mln

San Carlos, California-based Natera Inc, a provider of non-invasive genetic testing, has secured about $55.5 million in funding. Sofinnova Ventures led the round with participation from Capital Research and Management, Franklin Templeton Investments, Jennison Associates, RA Capital Management, Healthcor Partners and OrbiMed Advisors. In conjunction with the funding, Dr James Healy, a general partner at Sofinnova, has been appointed to Natera’s board of directors.

VC-backed aTyr files for IPO

San Diego-based biotherapeutics company aTyr Pharma Inc has filed for an IPO. The number of shares that will be sold as well as the stock’s pricing terms have yet to be set. The company plans on trading its stock on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “LIFE.” J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc will serve as the lead underwriters. The company’s backers include Alta Partners, Cardinal Partners, Domain Associates, Polaris Partners, Sofinnova Ventures, T. Rowe Price Associates Inc, Federated Investors Inc, Deerfield, Rock Springs Capital Management, EcoR1 Capital and Sphera Global Healthcare.

Atyr Pharma raises $76 mln

Atyr Pharma Inc. said Tuesday it raised $76 million in Series E financing led by new investor Sofinnova Ventures and an undisclosed large institutional investor in the biotechnology industry. Also taking part in the round were T. Rowe Price Associates Inc.; Federated Investors Inc.; Deerfield; Rock Springs Capital Management; EcoR1 Capital; Sphera Global Healthcare and two additional undisclosed institutional investors. Atyr said current venture capital investors and a current public investment fund took part in the raise as well. San Diego-based Atyr Phrama is a biotherapeutics company engaged in the discovery and development of Physiocrine-based therapeutics to address rare diseases.


Chiasma snags $70 mln Series E

Chiasma Inc has received $70 million in Series E financing. The investors included Rock Springs Capital, Sofinnova Ventures, MPM Capital, F2 Capital, 7 Med Health Ventures, Abingworth and ARCH Venture Partners. Headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts and Jerusalem, Chiasma is a biopharmaceutical firm focused on treating acromegaly.


VC-backed Ascendis Pharma goes public

Danish biotech firm Ascendis Pharma has raised $108 million for its IPO after pricing its 6 million shares at $18 per share. The stock begins trading Wednesday on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “ASND.” BofA Merrill Lynch and Leerink Partners are serving as the lead underwriters. Ascendis Pharma’s backers include Sofinnova Ventures, OrbiMed, Vivo Capital, Venrock, RA Capital Management and Janus Capital Management.

VC-backed Histogenics goes public

Waltham, Mass.-based Histogenics Corp., a regenerative medicine developer, has debuted its IPO after pricing its 5.9 million shares at $11 per share. The stock began trading Wednesday on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “HSGX.” Cowen and Co., Needham & Co. and Canaccord Genuity are the lead underwriters. Histogenics’ backers include Sofinnova Ventures, Split Rock Partners and Altima Partners.


Deerfield leads $42.5 mln round for Audentes

San Francisco-based biotech firm Audentes Therapeutics has secured $42.5 million in Series B financing. Deerfield Management led the round with participation from Sofinnova Ventures, Venrock, OrbiMed, 5AM Ventures and Versant Ventures. As a result of the transaction, Jonathan Leff, a partner at Deerfield, will join Audentes’ board of directors.


Sofinnova Ventures, OrbiMed, Vivo Capital lead $60 mln funding in Ascendis Pharma

Sofinnova Ventures, OrbiMed and Vivo Capital have led a $60 million Series D funding in Ascendis Pharma, a biotechnology company. Other investors in the funding include Janus Capital Management, Venrock, RA Capital Management, Rock Springs Capital and Sectoral Asset Management. Ascendis Pharma’s largest shareholder, Sofinnova Partners, also participated in the funding round. James Healy of Sofinnova Ventures, Jonathan Silverstein of OrbiMed and Albert Cha of Vivo Capital have joined the company’s board of directors.


Aclaris attracts $21 mln Series B

Aclaris Therapeutics said Thursday that it has received $21 million in Series B financing. The investors were return backers Vivo Ventures, Fidelity Biosciences and Sofinnova Ventures. Based in Malvern, Penn., Aclaris Therapeutics is a specialty pharmaceutical firm focused on developing a treatment that removes various skin lesions.


Civitas Therapeutics scores $55 mln Series C

Civitas Therapeutics has closed $55 million in Series C funding. The investors included Adage Capital Management, OrbiMed Advisors, Partner Fund Management, Rock Springs Capital, Sofinnova Ventures, Canaan Partners, RA Capital and Wellington Management Company. Headquartered in Chelsea, Mass., Civitas Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on developing treatments for Parkinson’s disease.


Big data analytics firm Guavus fetches $20 mln

Guavus has received $20 million in funding. The investors included Artiman Ventures, Sofinnova Ventures, Intel Capital, SingTel Innov8, Investor Growth Capital, QuestMark Partners and Goldman Sachs. Based in San Mateo, Calif., Guavus is a provider of big data analytics solutions for operational intelligence.

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