Venture Funding Deals: BioNTech's Big Money Leads January Financings
BioNTech's $270m Series A round was the biggest start-up financing in January, but sizeable rounds also were raised by Centrexion ($67m), Eureka ($60m) and Pandion ($58m).
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German biotech BioNTech has raised $270m in a Series A round as it seeks to broaden its investor base and finance its ambition to be a global, fully integrated pharmaceutical company (FIPCO). In the past nine years the company has secured $950m – including a $180m seed financing in 2008, various research grants ($50m), and upfront and near-term milestone payments from partners ($450m).
Ten $1bn+ alliances were penned in January. In the top alliance by deal value, Shanghai Argo Biopharmaceutical entered into exclusive collaboration with Novartis Pharma for two undisclosed Argo cardiovascular disease programs, one in Phase I and another in Phase I/IIa. Novartis gets an exclusive global license to develop and commercialize the Phase I program and also receives an option to potentially license compounds directed against up to two additional targets. For the Phase I/IIa program, Novartis gets an exclusive license worldwide except in Greater China. The deal could be worth up to $4.17bn for Argo.