Kinnate Biopharma Inc. Closes $35 Million Series A Financing to Establish a Chinese Joint Venture
- Financing led by OrbiMed Asia Partners, with participation from OrbiMed Private Investments and Foresite Capital
- The joint venture will have exclusive license to develop and commercialize Kinnate’s currently most advanced kinase inhibitor candidates in Greater China
- Veteran biopharmaceutical industry executive Wenn Sun, Ph.D. has been named as Executive Chair
SAN FRANCISCO and SAN DIEGO, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kinnate Biopharma Inc. (Nasdaq: KNTE) (“Kinnate”), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule kinase inhibitors for difficult-to-treat, genomically defined cancers, announced the closing of a $35 million Series A financing for a joint venture in China. Established with OrbiMed Asia Partners, OrbiMed Private Investments and Foresite Capital, the joint venture will be headquartered in Shanghai and enable the potential development and commercialization of certain Kinnate targeted oncology product candidates across Greater China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau). Kinnate Biopharma will be the majority shareholder in the joint venture. The company has also announced that veteran biopharmaceutical industry executive Wenn Sun, Ph.D., has been appointed as the joint venture’s Executive Chair.
“Establishing operations in China creates a tremendous opportunity for Kinnate to build its global footprint and further advance our mission of expanding access to innovative targeted therapies for people battling cancer,” said Nima Farzan, President and CEO of Kinnate Biopharma Inc. “OrbiMed Private Investments and Foresite Capital have been important partners in the growth of Kinnate and we are pleased to now have the support of OrbiMed Asia Partners who led this financing and brings tremendous expertise and connections in China to this new joint venture. I look forward to working with this leading team of investors and Dr. Sun to make precision medicine a reality for more people in Greater China, which is one of the world’s largest healthcare markets.”
The initial focus of the joint venture is on advancing the development of KIN-2787 for the Greater China market. KIN-2787 is a Rapidly Accelerated Fibrosarcoma (RAF) inhibitor candidate being developed for the treatment of patients with lung cancer, melanoma, and other solid tumors. The joint venture will also pursue development of KIN-3248 for the Chinese market. KIN-3248 is a Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptors (FGFR) inhibitor candidate for the treatment of patients with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC), a cancer of the bile ducts in the liver, and urothelial carcinoma (UC), a cancer of the bladder lining. The joint venture, which will be subsequently named, has an exclusive license to one other Kinnate program and may also obtain rights to develop certain other new product candidates in Greater China from the Kinnate pipeline, as well as other third-party product candidates in China and other geographies.
“Since its founding, Kinnate has demonstrated impressive scientific discipline and exceptional execution in building a robust pipeline of targeted therapies for hard-to-treat cancers,” said Steven D. Wang, Ph.D., CFA, Partner and Senior Managing Director, OrbiMed Asia Partners. “We are pleased to join them in establishing this joint venture in China and look forward to working closely with Dr. Sun and our other regional colleagues in bringing these potentially life-saving therapies to more patients.”
Dr. Sun is the Founder and President of Precision Medicine Asia (PREMIA), an oncology-focused clinical genomic data company she founded in 2018. Previously, she was the Founder and Managing Partner for OxOnc Development, a venture company that, along with Pfizer Oncology, co-developed XALKORI in patients with ROS1 genetic alterations in Asia, including China. Dr. Sun also served as Head of Strategic Alliances for GSK Oncology, and helped build its alliances with various clinical research networks around the world. In 2003, in collaboration with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), she helped introduce the NCCN Guidelines to China. Dr. Sun was appointed Chief Business Development Officer at the Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University after her post-doctoral fellowship at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“I am honored to join the Kinnate team and lead the joint venture’s efforts to help the patients in China for whom no genomically-targeted therapies exist or for which a resistance to targeted treatments has evolved,” said Dr. Sun. “KIN-2787 has already demonstrated very promising results in pre-clinical studies and presents a significant opportunity to help address the tremendous demand for more effective cancer therapies across Greater China.”
About Kinnate Biopharma Inc.
Kinnate is focused on the discovery and development of small molecule kinase inhibitors for difficult-to-treat, genomically defined cancers. Kinnate’s mission is to expand the reach of targeted therapeutics by developing products for underserved populations. Kinnate utilizes its deep expertise in structure-based drug discovery, translational research, and patient-driven precision medicine, which it refers to as the Kinnate Discovery Engine, to develop targeted therapies. Based in San Francisco and San Diego, California, the Kinnate team is composed of drug discovery experts supported by a distinguished group of scientific advisors. For more information, please visit www.kinnate.com.
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