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Cellestia Biotech raises CHF 8 million seed financing from private investors and PPF Group to advance its lead anti-cancer compound CB-103 to clinical development stage

January 26, 2017

Basel, Switzerland – January 26, 2017 – Cellestia Biotech AG, a private biopharmaceutical company with strategic focus on anti-cancer drugs modulating the NOTCH signaling pathway, today announced the final closing of its seed financing rounds securing a total of CHF 8 million in funding. The total seed financing includes proceeds of CHF 0.5 million Seed A and CHF 2.3 million Seed B financing rounds conducted during 2016 and the proceeds of the final Seed C financing round closing at CHF 5.2 million today, in which PPF Group, as an institutional investor, and several private investors participated. The funds will enable Cellestia to advance the lead product CB-103 and to conduct and complete a first-in-man phase I clinical study. The preparations for launching the clinical program in 2017 are ongoing.

SOTIO and NBE Therapeutics sign collaboration and license agreement for next-generation antibody-drug conjugates

October 20, 2016

Basel, Switzerland & Prague, Czech Republic NBE Therapeutics AG and SOTIO a.s. today announced that the companies have entered into a collaboration for the development of next-generation antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) for improved cancer therapy. Under the agreement, NBE and SOTIO will collaborate on the discovery, non-clinical development and manufacturing of novel ADC products against undisclosed targets. The ADC products will be based on NBE’s proprietary antibody discovery and conjugation platforms, including NBE’s Transpo-mAbTM antibody platform, its site-specific SMACTM conjugation technology and its novel ultra-potent toxin platform. SOTIO will have global responsibility for clinical development, registration and commercialization of the ADC products.

Cytune Pharma secures €6M in financing to advance lead immuno-oncology program to Phase I

June 29, 2016

Nantes, June 29, 2016 Cytune Pharma SAS, a French biotechnology company focused on developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, announced the closing of a €6M financing round from existing investors. Funds will be used to advance the RLI15 lead program to Phase I clinical trials. Key investor PPF Group and the founding shareholders also agreed on a full buyout of the remaining shares at the start of Phase I.

SOTIO Presents its Clinical Development Program at the 2016 American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting

June 03, 2016

SOTIO, a biotechnology company owned by the PPF Group, presents its clinical development program of DCVAC medicinal products at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago. DCVAC is an active cellular immunotherapy treatment for patients with cancer. SOTIO attends ASCO 2016 (June 3 to June 7, 2016) with its own exhibition booth and presents its 10 running clinical trials to expert community.

SOTIO Wins 2016 Global Innovation & Excellence Award for "Innovation in New Medicine Production"

April 05, 2016

SOTIO, a biotechnology company owned by PPF Group, announced today that it has been named as one of the winners of the Global Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards. SOTIO was presented with two awards: a global award for “Innovation in New Medicine Production” and a Czech-specific award for “Innovation & Excellence in Biotechnology”.

SOTIO documentary on Discovery Channel

December 14, 2015

On Monday December 14, 2015, a documentary feature on SOTIO was broadcast as part of the “Innovations” TV series on the Discovery Channel. The documentary footage was shot in late summer of this year at the SOTIO premises in Prague, at Motol University Hospital in Prague and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The episode details not only SOTIO’s research, manufacturing and clinical developments, but also gives the viewer a broader education on active cellular immunotherapy as a whole.

SOTIO exhibits at ESMO 2015

September 25, 2015

SOTIO is presenting its clinical research program at the European Society for Medical Oncology’s European Cancer Congress 2015 in Vienna (ESMO 2015). SOTIO’s exhibit can be found at booth no.1107 in ESMO Exhibition Hall B. Over the course of the ESMO Congress, SOTIO’s representatives will meet with important key opinion leaders (KOLs), researchers participating in company clinical trials and other medical and clinical experts.

SOTIO Announces VIABLE Clinical Trial (DCVAC/PCa) Poster Presentation at the 2015 American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting

May 26, 2015

SOTIO, a biotechnology company owned by the PPF Group, today announced that it will present an abstract highlighting the design, methods and objectives of its VIABLE study, the global Phase III clinical trial of DCVAC/PCa, an active cellular immunotherapy treatment for prostate cancer patients, in the poster session at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago. 

PPF Group acquires a minority stake in biotech company Cytune Pharma in cooperation with SOTIO

February 04, 2015

PPF Group has acquired a significant minority stake in Cytune Pharma SAS, a French biotechnology company focused on researching and developing new therapies for immune modulation aimed at enhancing immune response of patients suffering from cancer and infectious diseases. Cytune’s platform based on modified IL-15 offers the possibility of combinations with other immunotherapeutic strategies, including checkpoint inhibitors. 

SOTIO launches first clinical trial of a new treatment for lung cancer, a disease which threatens more people globally than other cancers.

January 06, 2015

SOTIO, a biotechnology company owned by the PPF Group, today announced that the first patient has been enrolled into its recently launched international study in lung cancer a Phase I/II clinical trial using its Dendritic Cell Vaccine (DCVAC/LuCa), an active cellular immunotherapy treatment.  Lung cancer has become the most common newly diagnosed tumour disease globally and is also the most frequent cause of death among patients suffering from cancer.