Finance Watch: VC Investment Soars In Q1, Putting Biopharma On Track For A Record Year
Pharma and biotech companies raised $4.6bn in the first quarter, exceeding the 2017 quarterly average by $1.4bn. But while the money invested soared, the number of companies funded sank. In public financings, MorphoSys commences US IPO and Mylan sells $1.5bn in notes.
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Private Company Edition: While the tough state of financing for publicly traded drug developers continues, venture capital firms and private biopharma companies revealed billions of dollars in new VC funds and start-up financings, including $100m-plus mega-rounds for Tessa, Alladapt and ImCheck.
Scrip spoke with Fred Cohen, who co-founded Vida Ventures with former Kite Pharma CEO Arie Belldegrun, about the venture capital firm's investment focus after raising its second fund in two years.
Private Company Edition: IPOs and M&A are returning money to investors, who are putting that money into new investments. Also, the mega-push in VC mega-rounds continues, including $105m for Kronos, and RA Capital raises it first VC fund.