2 March 2022: British Patient Capital has invested in Epsilogen, a London-based developer of novel therapeutic antibodies to treat cancer, as part of a £30.75m Series B funding round.
The investment has been made via Future Fund: Breakthrough, our £375m programme where we co-invest with private sector investors in innovative, R&D-intensive UK companies.
Based at the London BioScience Innovation Centre, Epsilogen is working with immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies to develop new therapeutic treatments for solid tumours. Its first product is focused on platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, an aggressive cancer that has high unmet patient needs. The company is the first in the world to dose humans with an IgE therapeutic. This funding round will enable Epsilogen to continue its clinical work and explore the product’s potential.
Judith Hartley, CEO of British Patient Capital, said: “We are pleased to be investing in Epsilogen, which is a highly innovative company seeking to create therapies for hard-to-treat solid tumours. This the second life sciences investment from Future Fund: Breakthrough, which aims to improve access to later stage equity finance for R&D-intensive UK companies with cutting edge technologies.”
About British Patient Capital
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Its mission is to enable long-term investment in innovative firms led by ambitious entrepreneurs who want to build large scale businesses. Launched in June 2018, British Patient Capital has £2.5bn to invest over 10 years in venture and venture growth capital to support high growth potential innovative UK businesses in accessing the long-term financing they require to scale up. Find out more at britishpatientcapital.co.uk.
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Epsilogen is a global leader in the development of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies to treat cancer. IgE’s natural function is to provide immunological defense against certain parasites. This functionality makes it an ideal treatment of solid tumours due to its strong potency, enhanced tumour access and long tissue half-life.
Epsilogen’s lead product candidate, MOv18 IgE, is the first therapeutic IgE antibody to enter the clinic and encouraging data from a phase I trial demonstrated MOv18 IgE to be safe and well tolerated with early signs of clinical activity also seen. The company is also developing a proprietary IGEGTM antibody platform combining elements from both IgE and IgG antibodies into novel and proprietary antibody molecules with enhanced functionality.
Epsilogen began operations in 2017 as a spin out of King’s College London utilising the world class IgE expertise of Professor Sophia Karagiannis. Initial capital was provided by founding investor Epidarex Capital.