General Atlantic, IDG lead $100m fourth round for Chinese biotech firm Biotheus

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Biotheus, a Chinese biotech firm focusing on the treatment of malignant tumours and autoimmune diseases, has secured over $100 million in its fourth funding round co-led by growth equity investor General Atlantic and Beijing-based investment firm IDG Capital.

New investors in the round include Chinese private equity (PE) firm Kunlun Capital, CITIC’s asset management firm CPE, and Shenzhen-based PE Cowin Capital, Biotheus said in a statement on Wednesday.

Returning investors such as healthcare-focused investment companies HighLight Capital and Shiyu Capital, Chinese fund manager New Alliance Capital, and Huajin Investment participated in the deal.

Biotheus joins a string of biotech companies that have raked in fresh capital as investors’ interest in health-related investments remains high amid the global health crisis.

In February, Regor Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotech company with operations in China and the United States, secured $90 million in a Series B round led by Lilly Asia Ventures (LAV). In the same month, Yisheng Biopharma, which develops vaccines and medicines for cancers and infectious diseases, pocketed $130 million in a Series B round, following the completion of an oversubscribed $230 million Series C round in clinical-stage biotech firm Clover Biopharmaceuticals.

Founded in 2018, Biotheus is a clinical-stage company developing next-generation therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases. The firm has a product pipeline of over 10 novel monoclonal and multispecific antibodies.

The firm currently has two bispecific antibodies in Phase I clinical development for cancer treatment. It submitted its third Investigational New Drug (IND) application at the end of 2020.

“This round of financing will fund the development of our existing product pipeline and the construction of our manufacturing facility,” said Liu Xiaolin, president and CEO, Biotheus. “We will fully drive the development of our product pipeline, strengthen our position in the global market for cancer immunotherapy, and bring much-needed innovative treatments and options to a larger population of cancer patients.”

With the new financing, Biotheus plans to further increase investment into its research activities, targeting five novel drugs in clinical development by the end of 2021 and to drive multiple programmes into late-stage clinical development.

Its third fund round was led by New Alliance Capital and completed in June 2020, without disclosing the financial terms. In June 2019, the startup raised over 100 million yuan in a Series Pre-A round, within one year after the completion of a strategic investment at 180 million yuan.

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.