PetMedix secures £27m in Series B funding round
PetMedix™, the Cambridge University biotech spinout, recently announced the completion of a £27M Series B financing round that will be used to advance its innovative pipeline through clinical development.
The investment brings two new investors into PetMedix: global technology company Tencent and Japanese corporation Kyoritsu Holdings alongside strong continued support from U.S.-based investor Digitalis Ventures, and British funds Parkwalk Advisors and Cambridge Innovation Capital.
“PetMedix has a global vision: elevating expectations in pet care the world over. This financing round not only provides the capital required to take us to the next level but also the international perspective to help us meet our goals,” says Tom Weaver, PhD, PetMedix CEO and Co-founder.
This financing round will help propel PetMedix from an R&D-stage, UK-focused biotech company, into a clinical-stage international organisation.
PetMedix’s internal discovery programmes will continue to advance through development on their way to regulatory approval. While the initial focus will be the United States, the company has built an international organisation and financing syndicate to support efforts in European and Asian markets as well.
PetMedix was spun out the lab of Prof Allan Bradley FRS in 2018, based on the PhD work of his student, now PetMedix co-founder, Jolyon Martin. At the time, there was a nascent version of the Ky9™ transgenic platform, and no team, premises, or pipeline to speak of.
In the two and a half years that followed, PetMedix has established itself in the emerging companion animal antibody field and is currently the only group capable of making mature, fully species-specific antibodies.
“It is comparatively easy these days to make an antibody; it remains very difficult to make a therapeutic quality antibody that can make it all the way to being an approved drug,” explains Dr Dave Lowery, PetMedix’s Chief Product Development Officer.
“It’s an exciting time for PetMedix,” Dr Weaver says. “We’ve delivered on all of our Series A goals by building this incredible team, putting together this unrivalled drug discovery engine, and getting multiple internal programs underway.
“We are now focusing on clinical development on the path to regulatory approval, and ultimately to bringing much-needed innovative therapies to companion animals.”
Alastair Kilgour, CIO at Parkwalk Advisors, who co-led the funding round with Digitalis, said: “The past 18 months have amply highlighted the importance and impact of investing in the companies behind the development of innovative breakthroughs in human medicine, but much less well understood is the need to do the same for veterinary medicine to improve health outcomes for pets and other animals.
“PetMedix has made incredible progress in this field over the past few years – developing a platform to create canine- and feline-specific antibodies to treat various diseases and illnesses.
“Parkwalk is proud to have backed the team from the start, and to be doubling down on that backing in this latest round, and we look forward to watching them continue to innovate and grow through this exciting next phase for the business.”