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Pieris Raises EUR 25 M (US$ 38 M) in Series B Financing Round
Date:3/27/2008

ieris has made remarkable progress in the course of the past year and this financing event enables the Company to further execute its strategy and to leverage the value in its proprietary Anticalin(R) approach."

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About Pieris AG

Pieris is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of Anticalins(R), a novel class of targeted human proteins designed to diagnose and treat serious human disorders. Exploiting extensive know-how in protein engineering as part of a broad intellectual property portfolio, the Company applies a balanced risk business model to the development of Anticalin product candidates.

About Anticalin(R) Technology

Anticalins(R) are engineered binding proteins derived from the scaffold of natural human lipocalins. Anticalins are selected to have prescribed binding properties with selectivity and affinity fundamentally similar to that of monoclonal antibodies. Being human in origin, Anticalins are predicted to have minimal immunogenicity in man. Furthermore, compared to conventional antibodies Anticalins benefit from their small size (20 kDa), robust physicochemical properties and simple composition that together allow highly soluble and stable products to be manufactured from bacteria. Anticalins are amenable to further engineering to balance their favorable tissue penetration with adjustable serum half life. Moreover, Anticalins have been developed as Duocalins(R), whose dual targeting format allows multiple targets to be bound and modulated through a single molecule.

Pieris exclusively owns the Anticalin patent estate, which offers complete freedom to operate outside the patent boundaries defined by conventional antibody products. Key patents have already been granted both in the US and in Europe.

About PRS-050

PRS-050 Anticalin(R) has been designed to specifically bind and block the signalling activity of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in cance
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