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News article29 June 2021European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency1 min read

The European Innovation Council Fund invests €12 million to support Xenothera in the development of COVID19 treatment.

The  EIC Fund is financing the development of a new therapeutic approach against SARS-CoV-2.

With an investment of €10 million, in addition to €2.16 million grant trough the EIC Accelerator, the EIC Fund shows how Europe can contribute to scaling up world class companies in cutting-edge fields.

The anti-COVID19 treatment, XAV-19, is based on a unique patented antibody production technology. Xenothera’s technology and therapeutic approach, based on polyclonal antibodies, is a promising turning point in the battle against the global pandemic.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said:

“The EIC Fund aims at backing European innovators in scaling their journey, and Xenothera is a great example of how the European Union is helping top innovators unfold solutions to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The EIC Fund's ambitious commitment, alongside other investors, is an important step to boost Xenothera in their development of an antibody treatment for COVID-19 infection.

This investment is part of the recently announced €500 million equity investments in breakthrough innovations by the EIC Fund. Since its launch in 2020, the EIC Fund has now approved 111 investments in highly innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

XENOTHERA received the Rapid Scientific Advice of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for XAV-19 Market Authorisation. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) globally endorsed the approach presented by XENOTHERA, particularly the quality of XAV-19, the validity of preclinical and toxicology data, and the overall approach of the clinical development plan of XAV-19.


Publication date
29 June 2021
European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency