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Merck-partnered Euroscreen raises €16M to support IND filing

Euroscreen has topped up its bank balance to support the globalization of its clinical trial program. The €16 million ($18 million) round will allow the g-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) specialist to file an IND and advance ongoing Phase II trials of its lead candidate in women's health diseases.

Pfizer adding jobs to Ireland plant that had been slated to close

Pfizer announced plans to sell a plant in India that was slated to be shuttered. But another Pfizer facility in Ireland that was once on the chopping block has not only been taken off the list of facilities no longer needed but is adding several dozen jobs.

Galapagos targets RA deal by year end; French dwarfism firm bags $35M; Verona eyes PhIIb

In this week's EuroBiotech Report, having been rejected by AbbVie, Galapagos hit the gas on its partnering strategy. Several potential partners are already giving the data the once-over, potentially putting Galapagos in a position to meet its goal of having a new deal in place by the end of the year. And more.

OrbiMed leads $35M round to push dwarfism startup to POC

OrbiMed has joined with New Enterprise Associates and Versant Ventures to funnel $35 million (€31 million) into a French startup that is developing a treatment for a common form of dwarfism. The sizable Series A round will support the advance of the program to clinical proof of concept.  

Verona sets sights on PhIIb after COPD drug comes through early trial

Verona Pharma has come through one of the last major barriers between it and the start of a Phase IIb trial of its chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) drug. The news means that, after years of largely unsuccessful R&D into phosphodiesterase inhibitors, another company is nearly ready to test a product from the class in a late-phase trial.

Oasmia adds warrants to sweeten Nasdaq IPO deal as closing date nears

Oasmia Pharmaceutical (STO:OASM) has made another change to its upcoming NASDAQ IPO. The  nanotechnology  specialist is now planning to hand out one warrant for every two shares it sells in the IPO, positioning it to boost its fundraising haul by more than 60% if investors take up the option to buy stock at the predefined price.  

Galapagos pushing to find partner to replace AbbVie by year end

Galapagos is looking to bounce back quickly from AbbVie's decision to walk away from their rheumatoid arthritis alliance. The aim is to have a new partnership deal in place by the end of the year, giving Galapagos the support it needs to go head-to-head with ally-turned-rival AbbVie in the scrap for the rheumatoid arthritis market.

Apitope raises €12M for autoimmune pipeline, commits to HQ relocation

Apitope has raised €12 million ($13 million) to advance its lead candidates into the clinic. The Merck Serono-partnered autoimmune specialist will funnel the cash into the advance of in-house peptides for the treatment of Factor VIII intolerance in hemophilia A patients and Graves' disease.

Roche, Boehringer and Gilead line up for EU drug approvals

The European Medicines Agency is moving toward approving a trio of novel medicines from Roche, Boehringer Ingelheim and Gilead Sciences, handing down positive recommendations for each.

Sientra off by more than 50% after it discloses CE mark suspension for its contract manufacturer

Breast implant company Sientra saw its valuation cut in half on news that its contract manufacturer Silimed has had its CE mark suspended by the U.K. Department of Health. The move came after German regulators conducted an inspection of a Brazilian manufacturing plant--and regulators found that "the surfaces of some implants were contaminated with particles."