Investors Put Money Into Affymax, Opsona | February 23, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 8 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 8 | p. 23 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 23, 2009

Investors Put Money Into Affymax, Opsona

Department: Business

Institutional investors will buy $42 million worth of Affymax stock in a private transaction. The company's first drug to enter the clinic, Hematide, a synthetic-peptide-based erythropoiesis-stimulating agent, is in Phase III trials for treating anemia associated with chronic renal failure. Separately, Ireland's Opsona Therapeutics, which focuses on autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, has raised $23 million from investors that include the Novartis Venture Fund. Opsona has opened a new lab in Switzerland and plans to complete human proof-of-concept studies using small molecules and biopharmaceuticals to modulate the innate immune system.

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