Avaxia Biologics, a privately-held biotech company, has completed its first close of $2.2 million of a Series A angel-led financing. Cherrystone Angels of Providence, Rhode Island led the round, with participation from Boston Harbor Angels and other undisclosed individuals. Mr. Robert Manning, the co-Chairman of Cherrystone Angels, will join the Avaxia board.
Dr. Barbara Fox, Avaxia's founder and CEO, commented, "This investment will allow us to aggressively pursue the development of our AVX-470 anti-TNF oral antibody and prepare Avaxia to initiate a clinical trial in inflammatory bowel disease next fall. When coupled with the funding we have received from BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) to develop AVX-470 for GI Acute Radiation Syndrome, our investors have a unique opportunity to participate in the rapid creation of value in two important disease areas. We are in advanced discussions with a limited number of other qualified investors as we work to complete this planned round of financing. The angel community's response to Avaxia has been very gratifying."