February 18, 2021
Evox Therapeutics Ltd* (exosome therapeutics company), announced that it has raised £69.2 million ($95.4 million) in a Series C financing round.
The financing was significantly oversubscribed with high demand from both existing and new investors.
The Series C financing was led by Redmile Group who were joined by new investors OrbiMed and Invus. In addition to Redmile, all existing Series B investors reinvested, including major investors Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI), GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Cowen Healthcare Investments. Eli Lilly, also converted a $10 million convertible note, that formed part of our 2020 collaboration agreement with them, into equity as part of this round.
Proceeds from this financing will support the advancement of Evox’s exosome-based therapeutics pipeline, including progression of several rare disease assets into the clinic, and continued development of its world-leading DeliverEXTM exosome drug platform. In connection with the financing, Evox will appoint Chau Khuong, partner at OrbiMed, to its Board of Directors.
Dr Antonin de Fougerolles, Chief Executive Officer of Evox Therapeutics, commented: “We are delighted with the support received in this Series C financing from both our existing investors and our new investors. The level of interest in this financing round is testament to the progress we have made over the last few years. Since our Series B round in 2018, we have continued to develop our DeliverEXTM platform, advance our pipeline of exosome therapeutics, expand our intellectual property portfolio, build our R&D capabilities and bolster our management team. We have also signed significant partnership deals with Eli Lilly and Takeda, two of the world’s leading pharma companies. We welcome Chau Khuong to our Board and look forward to his contributions as Evox enters its next phase of growth.”
*Evox Therapeutics is a privately held, Oxford-based biotechnology company focused on harnessing and engineering the natural delivery capabilities of extracellular vesicles, known as exosomes, to develop an entirely new class of therapeutics. Backed by leading life sciences venture capital groups and supported by a comprehensive intellectual property portfolio, Evox’s mission is to positively impact human health by creating novel exosome-based therapeutics for the treatment of various severe diseases with limited options for patients and their families. Evox uses its proprietary DeliverEXTM technology to modify exosomes using various molecular engineering, drug loading, and targeting strategies to facilitate targeted drug delivery to organs of interest, including the brain and the central nervous system. Exosome-based drugs have the potential to address some of the limitations of protein, antibody and nucleic acid-based therapies by enabling delivery to cells and tissues that are currently out of reach using other drug delivery technologies, and Evox is leading the development within this emerging therapeutic space.