Cumulus Oncology receives £9m to further cancer treatment innovations

Cumulus Oncology receives £9m to further cancer treatment innovations

Pictured (L-R): Paul Callaghan, Dr Clare Wareing, and Andrew McNeil

Edinburgh-based cancer therapeutics development specialist Cumulus Oncology has successfully secured a £9 million funding package, including a significant contribution of £6m from the Scottish National Investment Bank.

The funds are earmarked to bolster Cumulus’s portfolio of companies dedicated to pioneering cancer treatments, ultimately expediting the progression of new cancer drugs from discovery through clinical trials to patient application.

Founder and CEO Dr Clare Wareing said: “Oncology remains a vast and important area of scientific and clinical research.

“The ultimate goal is to increase the success rates at the vital phase III end of clinical testing, which currently remains at below 50%.

“The support from the Scottish National Investment Bank means we can both support our existing companies, expand our portfolio and continue to develop the next generation of cancer therapies.”

Dr Wareing founded Cumulus in 2017, establishing the first organisation in Europe with a unique business model focused on accelerating the development of new cancer treatments.

Its aim is to fast-track therapies for cancers that don’t respond well to existing treatments.

The first company to be created by Cumulus Oncology – Nodus Oncology – has two innovative drug discovery programmes ongoing. Nodus is actively engaged in the area of DNA damage response (DDR). The second company, currently in stealth mode, is set to be unveiled in early 2024.

Paul Callaghan, investment director at the Scottish National Investment Bank, said: “Cumulus, aided by an extremely experienced and capable team, is innovating not only in the science, but in the entire process of how drugs are moved from discovery to later stage clinical trials.

“We are really pleased to be helping them achieve their ambitions and shine a spotlight on Scotland’s drug discovery capabilities.”

The Bank has invested alongside Eos Advisory to secure the £9m of funding.

St Andrews-based Eos Advisory provides funding support to innovation ventures in science, technology, and engineering.

The firm’s investor relations are managed by partner and world record breaking cyclist, Mark Beaumont.

Andrew McNeil, managing partner of Eos Advisory, added: “The Cumulus approach is one that supports the development of a range of cancer treatments, this inherently reduces risk by not placing reliance on one therapeutic candidate.

“We see this as a really exciting and novel business model, with a team who have the track record of having brought 17 new cancer drugs to market throughout their careers. Eos has been proud to support Cumulus since its inception.”

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