Roche Bankrolls R&D in New Biotech Startup

Published: Oct 12, 2012

Inception Sciences, the discovery-stage biotech firm-slash-incubator created from the ground up to spin out assets in a buyer-friendly manner, has its first pharma partner. The San Diego firm has created a spin-off dubbed Inception 3 that will house a technology platform from Stanford University and develop drugs to treat permanent hearing loss. Roche is the partner, pledging R&D funds via undisclosed milestones in exchange for an option to acquire the company when Inception files its IND package for the first lead compound. If you're wondering what happened to Inception 1 and 2, they were announced when Inception was unveiled in the summer of 2011 with general therapeutic areas of focus, one neurology, one oncology. But to date there's been no word of their products, programs, or outside partners.

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