Candid Advice For Cash-Strapped Startups From A Biotech Venture Capitalist

By Josh Baxt, BioSpace.com Exclusive Story

July 21, 2014

In a sense, Niall O’Donnell, Ph.D., and his colleagues at RiverVest Venture Partners run a biomedical adoption agency. They track down innovative discoveries, help raise them for a while and then find a good home, either at a pharmaceutical company or through public markets.

For cash-strapped startups, this represents an opportunity, but they need to understand the rules. RiverVest is trying to build companies in five years or less, and that means having excellent IP and a collaborative team to take it towards the finish line.  Read More

 

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ZS Pharma Completes Patient Enrollment in ZS004, Its Second Phase 3 Study of ZS-9 in Patients with Hyperkalemia

Company expects to announce top-line results late Q3 or early Q4 2014

Coppell, Texas – July 14, 2014 – ZS Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for kidney, cardiovascular, liver and metabolic disorders, announced today that it has completed enrollment in ZS004, its second Phase 3 clinical trial of ZS-9 (sodium zirconium cyclosilicate),

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Otonomy Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering

SAN DIEGO, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Otonomy, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics for diseases and disorders of the inner and middle ear, today announced that it has publicly filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock.

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ZS Pharma Announces Allowance of Two U.S. Patent Applications for ZS-9

Applications cover composition of matter and methods of treating hyperkalemia and carry a patent term to at least 2032

Coppell, Texas – July 8, 2014 – ZS Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for kidney, cardiovascular, liver and metabolic disorders, announced today that it has received Notices of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for U.S. Patent Application Numbers 13/371,080 and 14/036,489 for ZS-9 (sodium zirconium cyclosilicate), the Company’s product candidate in Phase 3 development for the treatment of hyperkalemia.

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