InteRNA Technologies Extends Series B Financing Round Totaling EUR 18.5M
InteRNA Technologies announced today the closing of an extended Series B financing round amounting to EUR 18.5M in total. This Series B round was led by AurorA Science, an Italian biotech investment company, along with existing investor Waterman Ventures. Current shareholders Aglaia Oncology Funds and OostNL also contributed to the financing round. The funding will enable the clinical evaluation of the Company’s microRNA lead candidate, INT-1B3, in patients with advanced solid tumors. Furthermore, the proceeds will be used to develop and advance additional proprietary preclinical drug candidates adressing a variety of cancer indications thereby expanding the Company’s pipeline. As part of the Series B financing, Gabriele Campi, PhD, of AurorA Science will join the Board of Directors.
“This successful extension of the Series B financing round validates the unique potential that microRNAs offer as a therapeutic modality for hard-to-treat cancers,” said Dr. Roel Schaapveld, CEO of InteRNA Technologies. “We thank AurorA Science, Waterman Ventures and our other long-term investors for their support in bringing our microRNA technology into the clinic and look forward to evaluate INT-1B3’s unique mode of action, targeting not only the tumor cells themselves but also the disease-promoting tumor microenvironment.”
“With this participation in InteRNA Technologies, AurorA Science continues its strong commitment into front-edge science,” commented Guido Guidi, Chairman at AurorA Science. “We believe InteRNA has developed a promising innovative technology in this area and look forward to supporting the team on their path forward.” microRNAs are naturally occurring, non-coding strands of RNA that trigger the RNA interference pathway and regulate gene expression by controlling the efficiency of messenger RNA (mRNA) translation into functional proteins. InteRNA designs breakthrough therapies tackling cancer by using the inherent characteristic of microRNAs to simultaneously inhibit multiple mRNA targets in a coordinated fashion, e.g. by blocking activated cancer signaling pathways and preventing activation of alternative disease-promoting pathways.
Source: InteRNA (Press release)