In 2005, Norwegian pain palliation specialist Algeta raised $29m with HealthCap as lead investor. Following the investment, HealthCap assisted Algeta in ensuring its product, Xofigo, reached full potential by redirecting its clinical focus from pain palliation to full cancer therapy. This involved clinical development, management team reinforcement and product globalisation.
Following the successful change in strategy, Algeta listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, raising $41m in 2007 with a further $35m raised in 2009. Healthcap supported Algeta in achieving a commercialisation agreement with pharmaceuticals group Bayer, which, in 2014 acquired the business for $2.9bn. With FDA and EMA approval for Xofigo, the product has now launched in the US and Algeta has proved itself a pioneer in cancer therapy.
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