London, UK and Montreal, Canada, November 8, 2017 (Newswire) –Fortuna Fix (“Fortuna”), a private, clinical-stage Regenerative Medicine company is aiming to be the first to bring to the clinic a patient’s own neural stem cells (autologous) produced by direct reprogramming (“drNPCs”
Fortuna announces today the closing of its USD 25 million Series B financing. The proceeds will enable the company to conduct Phase I/IIa clinical trials in Parkinson’s Disease and Spinal Cord Injury. Amgen Ventures and other new investors join existing shareholders including Salamander Invest to support the development of Fortuna’s lead programs and its neuro-regenerative technology platforms. In addition to clinical development, the financing will enable further expansion of Fortuna’s automated robotic manufacturing capabilities.
“We are excited to welcome Amgen Ventures and our other investors to Fortuna and I would like to thank them for their strong support for the development of our ethical cell therapies and for their help in bringing our novel regenerative medicine solutions to patients suffering from neurotrauma and neurodege
Fortuna’s autologous drNPCs
- For the first time, patients suffering from neurotrauma or neurodegen
eration will be able to be treated with their own neural stem cells providing functional integration without immunosuppression or ethical issues (the technology uses no fetal, embryonic-like, or other ethically challenging processes).
- The manufacturing of autologous drNPCs is accomplished with a rapid, high throughput, and fully automated process, which does not involve genetic engineering, animal components, or staged pluripotency.
Fortuna’s second neuro–
In conjunction with the investment by Amgen Ventures, Dr. John Dunlop (Ph.D), Amgen Vice President, Neuroscience
Dr. Dunlop has been with Amgen since 2016 and is leading efforts focused on neurodegenerative diseases, migraine and analgesia. Previously he was VP and Head of the Neuroscience Innovative Medicine Unit at AstraZeneca leading discovery and early development efforts. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Dr. Dunlop was Executive Director in the Neuroscience Research Unit at Pfizer with responsibility for the preclinical portfolios in Neurology and Psychiatry. He joined Pfizer as part of the Wyeth integration and at Wyeth held roles as head of Psychiatry and Acting head of Neuroscience. Trained as a neuropharmacologist, his current research interests include the role of proteostasis mechanisms, innate immunity and mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and ALS, and on the emerging genetics of brain disorders. He is a member of the Executive Scientific Advisory Board for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease, a board member of Target ALS, and serves as a scientific advisor to the ALS Association, the frontotemporal dementia bi
Mr.Tagari has been with Amgen for close to 20 years and has amassed 25 years of research experience in the areas of neurobiology, hematology/oncology, metabolic disease, immunology & inflammation, cell and molecular biology, peptide chemistry, an
“This investment in Fortuna represents Amgen’s
About Amgen Ventures
About Macnguyen Family Office
Curtis Macnguyen is founder and CIO of a Los Angeles-based investment firm. His family office employs a private equity approach to execute a broad, opportunistic investment mandate in the private markets across industries, asset classes and capital structures.
About Salamander Invest
Salamander Invest is a single purpose investment company established by Norwegian family offices and institutional investors to support the clinical development and commercialization of Fortuna’s technology platforms for neuro-regeneration.
About Fortuna Fix
Fortuna is a private, clinical-stage biotech company with a patented direct cell reprogramming technology platform (drNPC) and a proprietary bio-scaffolding technology (RMx™), for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and neurotrauma. The company is focused on its lead programs in Spinal Cord Injury and Parkinson’s disease with further development efforts in Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Hearing Loss and ALS. The company has developed a proprietary, large-scale and fully automated GMP manufacturing system for production of autologous drNPCs.