Finance Watch: A Summer Slowdown? Not For Venture Capital Mega-Rounds
Eight Firms Raised $100m Or More Since Last Week Of July
Private Company Edition: The latest $100m-plus VC financings include $112.5m for PepGen, Deep Genomics’ $180m series C round and a $166m series D for Rakuten Medical. Also, Lumira Ventures raised a $220m fourth fund and will manage a separate $35m fund backed by Angelini Pharma.
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The XinThera deal gives Gilead multiple PARP1 and MK2 inhibitors. Also, Roche licenses a HER2 kinase inhibitor from Zion, Amgen partners with TScan in Crohn’s disease and Baxter sells the last of its biopharma operations – a CDMO business – for $4.5bn.
Private Company Edition: After just seven venture capital rounds of $100m or more in January and February, five have been announced already in March, including a $200m series A round for Cargo Therapeutics, Chroma Medicine’s $135m series B financing and $112m for Noema’s series B.
Private Company Edition: Alexis Borisy and his Curie.Bio co-founders will invest $5m-$7m to help companies get to lead optimization within 12-18 months. Also, Feng Zhang-founded Aera launched with $193m, Hexagon Bio raised a $77.3m series B round and Halda emerged with $76m.