The decision of 3i, one of Britain’s largest private equity firms, to stop investing in start-ups and early-stage companies will reduce the financing options for a number of small companies. But the amount of money involved is relatively small compared with 3i’s total assets under management, the company said.
Pharming Group NV said it will apply to market its human protein, Rhucin, in Turkey as part of a broader strategy to tap markets outside the European Union following the European Medicine Agency’s refusal to overturn a negative opinion on its marketing authorisation application for the product.
Silence Therapeutics Plc has concluded a second collaboration with AstraZeneca in the field of RNA interference, a relatively new technology which is being investigated for the treatment of a number of major diseases.
Share prices of the Pharming Group NV fell 25.6% after a committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) reissued a negative opinion of its lead drug candidate, Rhucin, a treatment for hereditary angioedema (HAE).
Shares of ReNeuron Group Plc fell 2.25 pence or 16.4% to 11.50 pence on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) following the company’s disclosure that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has once again delayed its Phase 1 clinical study of its stem-cell therapy for patients with stroke, ReN001.
The European Medicines Agency expects to see an increase in marketing-authorisation applications in 2008 after strong growth in 2007.
Intercytex Group Plc, the London-listed developer of regenerative medicines to restore skin and hair, reported relatively modest income for 2007 that was based entirely on milestone fees. However, it said it would start marketing its first commercial product in 2008, using its own sales force.
MediGene AG said its revenue should increase significantly in 2008 while its loss should narrow.
Oxford BioMedica Plc narrowed its loss and increased its cash position in 2007 while progressing its cancer products through the clinic.