Biotech investment analysis. ABAC Therapeuthics raises €16M.

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BY : Diego GutiérrezMarch Mon, 2018

Find out about the latest investment rounds in the European biotech sector in 2018. In addition, we analyse the investment round of ABAC Therapeutics, which has received a capital injection of €16M.

Find out about the latest investment rounds in the European biotech sector in 2018. In addition, we analyse the investment round of ABAC Therapeutics, which has received a capital injection of €16M.

About ABAC Therapeutics

ABAC Therapeutics is a company specialising in the development of therapeutic solutions for patients infected with highly antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens, leaving them with few (or no) treatment options.

The company, based in Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona), uses its proprietary drug discovery platform PasNas to identify novel antibiotics to combat multi-resistant bacteria.

ABAC is currently developing an antibiotic against Acinetobacter baumannii, a deadly bacterium which, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), is the main pathogenic threat for which there is no treatment. According to CEO Albert Palomer, the company has chosen this bacterium because of its high mortality rate: 50% of infected patients die.

ABAC Therapeutics, spin off of Ferrerwas founded in 2014 as part of its new open innovation strategy.

ABAC Therapeutics closes €16M investment round

ABAC Therapeutics, dedicated to researching new pathogen-specific antibiotics, has closed a €16M funding round.

This capital injection was led by Pontifax, an Israeli fund that invests in healthcare companies; Global Health Science Fund (the Global Health Science Fund, created jointly by Quark Venture Inc. and GF Securities); Caixa Capital Risc; Debiopharm Innovation Fund and the pharmaceutical company Ferrer, which have joined ABAC's board of directors.

The funds raised will be used to successfully complete the phase I clinical trial of its drug Abac-39877, currently a pre-clinical candidate in the fight against Acinetobacter baumannii, and then seek a licensing agreement.

When it was founded as a spin-off from Ferrer, ABAC's capital was divided into 80% for the pharmaceutical company and 20% for Palomares and Gargallo. With the new partners, the capital is divided almost equally into five parts.


Latest Biotech investment rounds in 2018


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