MicuRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation antibiotics, today announced it raised $25 million in Series B financing. Led by BVCF, a private equity and growth fund specializing in the life sciences industry, the round also includes existing investors Morningside Group and Devon Park Bioventures.
Proceeds from the Series B financing will be used to fund the U.S. development of MRX-I, a novel oral oxazolidinone antibiotic targeting infections due to multi-drug resistant Gram-positive bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). Weixin Xu and Davis Yang of BVCF will join the MicuRx board of directors.
"We invest in companies with experienced management teams and sound strategic plans," said Zhi Yang, general partner at BVCF. "We look forward to supporting the parallel development of MRX-I in the United States and China, as this novel antibiotic has the potential to offer an attractive option for addressing the growing threat of multi-drug resistant bacteria."