Qihan Biotech announces the completion of pre-Series B financing for developing stem cell-derived cell therapy products with high-throughput multiplexable genome editing
HANGZHOU, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hangzhou Qihan Biotech Co., Ltd. ("Qihan" or "Qihan Biotech" or "the Company"), an industry leader in applying multiplexable genome editing technology to cell therapies and organ transplantation, today announced the successful completion of a pre-Series B financing exceeding $16 million funded by a new investor, Zhejiang Industrial Fund Co., Ltd., with participation from other existing investors. The combined funds from this financing round and the company's reserves will provide ample capital to support the rapid product iteration and global development of gene-edited stem cell products by Qihan in the next four years.
Dr. Luhan Yang, the Founder and CEO of Qihan Biotech, said, "We are very grateful for the continued support of our existing shareholders and the trust of our new shareholder, Zhejiang Industrial Fund Co., Ltd. There are still many core challenges to be overcome in the Off-the-Shelf cell therapy field, but the combination of gene editing and stem cell therapy holds enormous potential to create the products serving a wide range of cancer patients. We will continue leveraging Qihan's research and talent advantages, work diligently, and strive to develop Off-the-Shelf cell therapy products that provide long-term patient benefits."
About Qihan Biotech
Qihan Biotech is a biotechnology company applying genome editing technology to develop novel cell therapies and organs for transplantation. The company's mission is to use high-throughput, multiplexable genome editing combined with expertise in transplantation immunology to create immunologically privileged allogeneic cells and xenogeneic organs for use as therapies to treat cancer, organ failure, and other complex medical conditions. With a vision to create a world in which cell and organ therapies are universally available to patients, Qihan Biotech has raised several financing rounds. It has multiple products at different stages of development, including QN-019a, which had already received IND approval from China NMPA to treat CD19-positive relapsed/refractory aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Qihan's deep scientific experience and technology advancements have enabled the company to create cutting-edge cell therapy products. Qihan Biotech is headquartered in Hangzhou, China. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.qihanbio.com.
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Source: Hangzhou Qihan Biotech Co., Ltd.