18.09.2014 - Swiss biopharma Cardiorentis has received a €45m investment from overseas investment firm Healthcare Royalty Partners in order to finance the registration for its heart drug.
Cardiorentis, a privately held biopharmaceutical company, has entered into a financing agreement with US healthcare investor HC Royalty. Zug-based Cardiorentis aims to use the proceeds to finance the registration programme for Ularitide, their natriuretic peptide product for the treatment of acute heart failure. The Phase III trial for the drug was initiated in August 2012. It is led by the international principal investigator Milton Packer, M.D., The University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, and includes over 200 centres across the US, Europe, Canada and Latin America. Ularitide would be the first therapy with proven outcome benefits for patients with acute heart failure – a condition that affects millions of people worldwide.
"We are impressed with the significant clinical progress that Cardiorentis has made with Ularitide," commented Clarke Futch, Founding Managing Director at HC Royalty. Johannes Holzmeister, Cardiorentis’ CEO added: "This is a pivotal time for our company. The team at HC Royalty understood the attractiveness of our programme and our financing needs and then developed a structure that would give us a high degree of flexibility, but also a sizeable amount of capital to complete our pivotal Phase III trial for Ularitide."
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