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Circassia Raises GBP11 Million ($21.8 Million) in Oversubscribed Second Round Funding
Date:1/29/2008

OXFORD, England, January 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Circassia Ltd, a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on controlling immune system responses, announced today that it has successfully raised GBP11 million ($21.8 million) in an oversubscribed second round funding. The investment syndicate includes new investors Goldman Sachs and Invesco Perpetual, as well as existing investors, including Imperial Innovations and Lansdowne Partners.

"Completing this financing is a testament to the potential of Circassia's business, management and technology," said Steve Harris, Circassia's CEO. "We have made good progress advancing our anti-allergy products during the last year, and successfully completing this funding, particularly in the current challenging market conditions, is a strong vote of confidence from a syndicate of world-class investors."

Circassia, whose immune control technologies target allergies and organ rejection, completed an initial investment round of GBP6 million ($11.8 million) in January 2007. During the last year the company has finalised preparations to complete the phase II clinical testing programme for its lead product against cat dander allergy, and finalised the acquisition of its ToleroTrans organ anti-rejection technology. Following this second investment round, Circassia has increased its current cash balance to GBP15 million ($29.8 million), and plans to utilise the funds both to progress its clinical development programmes and to acquire additional technologies that fit its specialty business model.

Circassia's products have the potential to address significant market opportunities. Currently, over 150 million people suffer from allergic rhinitis in the US and Europe, and existing treatments either provide symptomatic relief only or require lengthy specialist physician supervision over a period of many months due to potential serious, even life-threatening, adverse reactions. In contrast, Circassia's technology uses sm
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