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Ahammune Biosciences raises Pre-Series A funding from Ideaspring Capital, Indian Angel Network

Our Bureau | | | Updated on: Jul 02, 2021

Pune-based biotech start-up company Ahammune Biosciences has raised an undisclosed amount in a Pre-Series A round led by Ideaspring Capital and Indian Angel Network.

Kotak Private Equity, Legacy Assets LLP (Baldota family fund) and Ajith Kamath (ex-Pfizer) have also participated in the round along with existing investors, including Anand Deshpande and Suman Kant Munjal. The Company also has Ganesh Natarajan as an existing investor and has been in receipt of funding grant from Government of India’s body, BIRAC.

The freshly-infused capital will be used for “first-in-human” studies with Ahammune’s new drug candidate AB1001 for vitiligo. The study will comprise Phase-I safety studies in healthy human volunteers and Phase-II efficacy studies in vitiligo patients. The company will also deploy the funds in building the patent portfolio to further the research and development efforts, the company said in a statement.

Parul Ganju, Co-founder and CEO of Ahammune Biosciences said, “Currently, there is no cure for vitiligo. Our drug aims to fulfill the unmet need in Vitiligo therapeutic. We have positioned it as a topical solution, a segment of the market that accounted for 54 per cent of the total market share of available options. Our pre-clinical data suggest our drug candidate is very safe and is able to stop the spread of depigmentation and repigment white patches in animal models. Based on these studies, the first intended use of the drug will be in patients with non-segmental vitiligo, who have active vitiligo”.

Vitiligo, a debilitating skin depigmentation disorder, has a global prevalence of about 1-2 per cent. The burden of the disease is huge in India with certain regions having an incidence rate of about 8 per cent.

Ahammune, founded in May 2016, has filed its first Investigational New Drug (IND) application with the Drug Controller General of India for approval to conduct human studies with its lead drug candidate for vitiligo.

Published on April 26, 2021
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