Massachusetts Biotech Funding in July 2019


Written by:
Sean Cannon

Welcome to the newest instalment of Flagged Events: Funding segment. We’ll cover a sample of the drug companies with funding announcements in the previous month across different global markets. These include IPO announcements, grants, royalty payments, investments, and more. 

Here are some of the pharma/biotech companies headquartered in Massachusetts that announced funding activity:

Public Offerings

Morphic Therapeutic ($MORF)

On July 1, Morphic announced the closing of their initial public offering (Symbol MORF) of 6.9 million common stock shares at $15 per share, totalling $103.5 million.

City: Waltham

Website: http://morphictx.com/

Primary Therapeutic Area: Oncology

Preclinical Activity in the past 12 months: No


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Karuna Therapeutics Inc. ($KRTX)

On July 2, Karuna also announced the closure of their initial public offering, totalling $102.6 million in gross proceeds for 6,414,842 common stock shares at $16 per share. The shares began trading under the KRTX symbol.

City: Boston

Website: https://karunatx.com/

Primary Therapeutic Area: CNS

Preclinical Activity in the past 12 months: No


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Collaborations & Royalty Payments

Skyhawk Therapeutics

On July 8, Waltham’s Skyhawk Therapeutics announced a collaboration agreement with Merck & Co. ($MRK) for the development and commercialization of RNA - binding small molecule candidates that modulate RNA splicing for neurodegenerative and oncologic indications. Exclusive worldwide licensing will be available to Merck, through the use of a subsidiary. Skyhawk will receive an upfront payment for an undisclosed amount, and dependent on Merck’s exercising of option to exclusive licensing, they will also receive potential milestone payments and royalties.

On July 16, a similar agreement was announced between Skyhawk and Genentech. Skyhawk will receive an unknown upfront payment, as well as future payments and royalties, while Genentech receives the exclusive worldwide license.

City: Waltham

Website: https://www.skyhawktx.com/

Primary Therapeutic Area: Oncology

Preclinical Activity in the past 12 months: No


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Frequency Therapeutics

On July 17, Frequency announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Astellas Pharma ($TSE: 4503) for the development and commercialization of FX-322, Frequency’s candidate for sensorineural hearing loss. The upfront payment for Frequency is $80 million, with future royalties as well as up to $545 million in milestone payments.

City: Woburn

Website: https://www.frequencytx.com/

Primary Therapeutic Area: Audiology

Preclinical Activity in the past 12 months: No


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Grants

Akston Biosciences

Akston received a Phase 2 SBIR grant payment from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease for the development of AKS-107, their subcutaneous Type 1 Diabetes candidate for the prevention or delay of diabetes in high risk pre-diabetic patients.

City: Beverly

Website: https://www.akstonbio.com/

Primary Therapeutic Area: Metabolic and Endocrine

Preclinical Activity in the past 12 months: No


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Spero Therapeutics ($SPRO)

Spero received a $5.9 million award from the United States Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs to further the development of SPR206, Spero’s intravenous Potentiator Platform for the treatment of MDR Gram-Negative infections in hospitals. The award will be used for a series of pharmacology, toxicology, and microbiological surveillance across the 4 years of non-dilutive funding.

City: Cambridge

Website: https://sperotherapeutics.com/

Primary Therapeutic Area: Infectious Diseases

Preclinical Activity in the past 12 months: Yes


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Investment and Other Financing

Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals ($KNSA)

SEC Form D records indicate the receipt of $1.53 million in equity financing between April 4 and July 11.

City: Lexington

Website: https://www.kiniksa.com

Primary Therapeutic Area: Dermatology

Preclinical Activity in the past 12 months: Yes


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Lucy Therapeutics

SEC Form D records indicate the receipt of $2.91 million in equity financing between June 28 and July 15, towards a total offering of $3.5 million.

City: Lexington

Website: https://www.lucytherapeutics.com/

Primary Therapeutic Area: CNS

Preclinical Activity in the past 12 months: Yes


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