Finance Watch: 2020 IPOs Surpass 2019 Total With 52 To Date
ES: Public Company Edition: Fifty biopharma companies launched initial public offerings in the US last year and there have been 52 so far in 2020, including Metacrine, Dyne, Athira and COMPASS.
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Deal Snapshot: Equillium will gain $33m, extending its cash runway into 2024 and past several upcoming milestones, but it will seek a strategic partner for Metacrine’s stalled FXR agonist MET642.
Athira hoped a small Phase II study would show a benefit on working memory processing speed, but it missed its primary and all secondary endpoints, reducing confidence in the Phase III program.
Public Company Edition: Roivant’s deal sets its market cap at $7.3bn. Beyond the Werewolf and Vaccitech offerings, more drug developers are slated to go public during the first week of May. And in follow-on offerings, COMPASS Pathways raises $144m and Aldeyra brings in $125m.