In November 2020, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and AB Science signed a loan to support the company’s development programme for a possible COVID-19 treatment option.



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European Investment Bank. Financed projects. AB SCIENCE (COVID-19) (IDFF). 27/11/2020. Available at:

European Investment Bank. Press Release. “France: EIB supports AB Science in its COVID-19 development programme”. 30/11/2020. Available at:

Inception date: 27 Nov 2020 | Removal date: open ended

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On 27 November 2020, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and AB Science signed a EUR 15 million (approx. USD 17.9 million) loan to support the company’s clinical development programme for a COVID-19 treatment option.  

Particularly, the fostered treatment is “masitinib”, a substance that has developed as a credible candidate for treating COVID-19 for which no therapeutic solutions are yet available. The loan will enable AB Science to fill this void and develop a clinical programme for evaluating “masitinib” as a COVID-19 treatment option. 

Importantly, the support was approved under the InnovFin Infectious Diseases Finance Facility, a joint European Commission and EIB Group initiative of the 2014-2020 EU research and innovation programme also known as Horizon 2020.

In this context, EIB Vice-President, Ambroise Fayolle, highlighted that “the fight against COVID-19 is a priority for the European Union’s bank, which is why we support the development of therapeutic options that could provide an effective response to the health crisis”.

AB Science is a French pharmaceutical company founded in 2001. According to the press release, it specializes in R+D and commercialization of protein kinase inhibitors.

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