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Qihan Biotech

Qihan Biotech

Qihan Biotech is a hangzhou-based biotech company focused on organ transplantation founded in 2017 by Luhan Yang.

Qihan Biotech is using CRISPR to produce human tissues and organs in pigs and transplant them into humans as an alternative to using human organ donors. The company completed its USD 8.7 million Series A funding round from the investors including Sequoia China, Arch Venture Partners and Biomatics Capital Partners. In 2019 Qihan Biotech announced it had raised over 20 million USD form CMB International and Legendstar.

CEO Luhan Yang is lead author on a paper with researchers from eGenesis, published in 2019 in BioRxriv which describes the editing and cloning of pigs with inactivated Porcine Endogenous Retrovirus (PERV) and 13 other genetic changes that would prevent immune reaction in humans transplanted with pig organs. Yang is also Chief Scientific Officer at eGenesis. Modifications were done in pig ear cells. The pig ear cells were used to generate pig clones. The nuclei of the ear cells, containing the modified DNA, were transferred into eggs from ovaries collected at a slaughterhouse. A second round of editing was used to remove PERV sequences followed by another round of cloning by transferring nuclei to eggs.

Timeline

March 30, 2021
Qihan Biotech raises a $67,000,000 series A round.
2017
Qihan Biotech was founded by Luhan Yang.

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Eudora Wang
March 4, 2021
DealStreetAsia
eGenesis was created in 2015 by George Church and Yang, who also launched China's Qihan Biotech in 2017.
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