Finance Watch: 2021 Biopharma VC Funding Tops Full-Year 2020 Total
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Private Company Edition: The industry raised $28bn in venture capital through the third quarter, breaking the record $27.4bn raised last year. Also, big pharmas backed a start-up lab in Israel, plus mega-rounds for CinCor Pharma ($143m) and Rectify Pharmaceuticals ($100m), while Cerecin raises $40m.
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Private Company Edition: ReCode’s series B venture capital round grew for a third time, now totaling $260m for precision genetic medicines. Also, DalCor closed an $80m series D, manufacturer Nephron amassed $350m, Hyku launched with a $56m seed financing and Magnet emerged with $50m.
A mix of mega-rounds and smaller seed financings show investment happening at both ends of the venture capital spectrum. In public company financings, Gilead prices $2bn note offering, Biogen secures $1.5bn for Reata deal, Inhibrx completes a $200m PIPE and the IPO market shows new signs of life.
Private Company Edition: The amount of venture capital investment in biopharma companies has shrunk from quarter to quarter, but the average deal size remained high until the third quarter. Larger rounds from Treeline, Odyssey and Neumora offset a plethora of smaller VC financings early in Q4.