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Cyan Vaccine closes $47M Series A to develop next-gen COVID-19 vaccine
Cyan Vaccine, a startup established in Guangzhou in 2019, has completed an RMB300 million ($47.3 million) Series A financing round to support the clinical development of a second-generation COVID-19 vaccine, a respiratory syncytial virus vaccine and a mumps vaccine.
CEO He Biao said the company has a parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5) viral vaccine platform. He added that vaccines developed from this platform will have a good safety profile and be affordable to many.
The company raised over RMB70 million from angel investors and Series pre-A round in 2020. It is developing a COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which has been in a phase I trial in the U.S. since August 2021.
The COVID-19 vaccine candidate is said to be a nasal spray. Last year, Cyan's collaboration with Changchun High-tech to develop the vaccine was terminated as both sides could not agree on the financial terms.
By Elise Mak
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