Finance Watch: Coronavirus-Related Stock Market Meltdown Didn’t Stop Passage Bio IPO
Public Company Edition: The gene therapy firm’s IPO priced at $18 and ended its first day up 23.3% at $22.20 but fell to $21.50 when stocks recovered on 2 March. Also, RedHill raised $115m for product launches and Movantik purchase, and Avadel raised $65m to compete with Jazz.
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Private Company Edition: More $100m-plus mega-rounds means another billion-dollar week for venture capital deals, including financings for G2 Bio, Hummingbird and Numab. Also, BioTheryX brings in $92m, Vedere launches with $77m and Eliem raises $60m two months after launching with $80m.
Public Company Edition: Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody partner AbCellera launched one of the biggest IPOs of 2020, bringing in $483m. Also, two more SPACs went public; Sinovac, Biocryst and Kura Oncology arranged large financings; and Viatris plans post-merger layoffs.
Public Company Edition: Three companies postponed or withdrew their offerings, but drug developers continue to pursue IPOs. Also, Biocon, BMS and Epizyme raised money through new debt, Five Prime capitalized on positive data and Synthetic Biologic engaged a strategic advisor.