– ISRAEL, Jerusalem – KAHR Medical Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company developing a novel drug platform based on bi-functional, immunotherapeutic fusion proteins known as Dual Signaling Proteins today announced that it has raised US$18 million led by Flerie Invest AB, Oriella Limited, Hadasit Bio-Holdings, Pavilion Capital and Mirae Asset Venture Investment.
Proceeds will be used for advancing the Company’s next-generation immuno-oncology drug candidates including the clinical development of the Company’s lead product, DSP107, an anti-CD47 therapy for the treatment of solid tumors through a Phase I/II study and the preclinical advancement of additional pipeline projects.
In September 2019, KAHR Medical announced a clinical collaboration with Roche to evaluate KAHR Medical’s lead program, DSP107, a SIRPα-41BBL DSP, in combination with Roche’s PD-L1-blocking checkpoint inhibitor atezolizumab in patients with advanced NSCLC who are refractory to existing immune checkpoint inhibitors. KAHR Medical expects to begin a Phase I/II trial in H2 2020 at leading sites in the US to evaluate DSP107 as a monotherapy and in combination with atezolizumab, following the filing of an Investigational New Drug application with the U.S. Food Drug Administration.
“We are grateful to our existing investors for their continued support and are pleased to welcome Oriella, a prominent private equity and technology investor in Israel, with an expanding focus on life sciences,” said Yaron Pereg, Ph.D., CEO of KAHR Medical. “We are also proud to have Pavilion Capital join our investor base. Pavilion Capital brings a track record of success and expertise in the biopharmaceutical sector. We look forward to using this funding for advancing our next-generation immuno-oncology pipeline for the benefit of patients, who are non-responsive or refractory to existing immunotherapies.”
“We are excited to lead this financing round for KAHR Medical together with other distinguished investors,” said Thomas Eldered, Chairman of Flerie Invest AB. “Despite advances in the treatment of cancer, there is still a clear need for additional therapies to broaden the patient population that will respond to cancer immunotherapies. We look forward to supporting KAHR Medical in developing effective treatments for cancer patients.”
Mr Vincent Tchenguiz, a British entrepreneur and beneficiary of the trust that owns Oriella commented, “We recognize the strength of KAHR Medical’s proprietary platform and believe that the company’s products have the potential to offer unique value to patients suffering from cancer. We are keen to work with the Company as it matures, and we look forward to helping it fulfil its mission of bringing new therapies to cancer patients.”
Timothy Low, Head of Healthcare Investments, Pavilion Capital, said, “We are delighted to join KAHR Medical’s syndicate of investors, and believe the company has a tremendous opportunity to contribute new targeted therapies to the field of immuno-oncology.”
Michel Habib, CEO of HBL, stated, “HBL has been supporting KAHR Medical since its inception and we are very pleased with the company’s impressive development. We are proud to continue to support the company together with other existing and new global investors and look forward with anticipation to the beginning of clinical trials.”
About KAHR Medical
KAHR Medical develops the next generation of immuno-oncology drug candidates for the treatment of multiple types of cancer. Its proprietary technology enables the construction of targeted bi-functional biological drugs generated by fusion of the active extracellular domains of a TNF-SF ligand and a type-I membrane protein. DSPs have two functional ends, which can simultaneously block and/or activate two reinforcing biological signals resulting in a synergistic outcome. The unique DSP composition ensures target activation and increased potency by assembling a high multimer protein structure which is essential for activation of the TNF receptor family.
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