The Next Generation: Top 20 Life Science Startups to Watch in 2017

BioSpace (DHX) is proud to present its NextGen “Class of 2017,” which is a list of 20 up-and-coming life science companies that launched no earlier than 2014. 

To come up with this Top 20, BioSpace sorted companies into that age grouping, and they were then weighted by a number of different categories and finally ranked in a cumulative fashion, based on the points awarded for each category. These categories were: Finance, Collaborations, Pipeline, Sales and Editorial (view methodology).

The NextGen Bio Class of 2017 is a stellar group of companies that are already making an enormous impact on the industry now and in the future. Congratulations!

In 2017, Massachusetts claimed nine companies in the Top 20 and regained the top spot. California slipped from the top spot on this list compared to last year with eight companies in the Top 20, followed by one company each in New York, North Carolina and Missouri.

Read the article at BioSpace.


Cancer-killing viruses are specially engineered versions of naturally occurring viruses that are programmed to home in on cancer cells and kill them without harming normal tissues. This is a branch of immuno-oncology that has been overshadowed by more fruitful endeavors, such as the immune checkpoint inhibitors Opdivo (nivolumab) from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Keytruda (pembrolizumab) from Merck, both of which are now certified cancer blockbusters. But several companies are developing cancer-killing viruses, known in the scientific community as “oncolytic” viruses, and some of those efforts are starting to show promise.

Read the article from Forbes.

FierceBiotech Names Oncorus as a "Fierce 15" Biotech Company of 2016

The scoop: This startup is pinpointing next-gen oncolytic viruses, which could offer a less expensive, more efficacious immuno-oncology option than cellular therapy, such as autologous CAR-Ts in development. It’s going straight for the hardest-to-treat solid cancers, including a type of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

Read the article from FierceBiotech.



Celgene backs next-gen oncolytic virus startup in $57M Series A

"Newly unveiled Oncorus has raised a $57 million Series A to back its efforts to use next-gen oncolytic viruses to treat aggressive cancers including a type of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Active strategic investor Celgene ($CELG) participated in the financing, which was led by MPM Capital."

Read the article from FierceBiotech

A Q&A with CEO of Oncorus that just raised $57M to battle cancer

"The Cambridge, Massachusetts, startup launched on Tuesday announcing that it has raised $57 million in a Series A funding round. Oncorus aims to develop a next-generation immunotherapy platform of oncolytic viruses to treat various kinds of tumors, including highly malignant and aggressive cancers such as glioblastoma multiforme."

Read the article from MedCity News.