BeiGene, CANbridge, Dizal IPOs Set China Biotech Fundraising Record But Share Prices Disappoint
BeiGene’s $3.5bn Shanghai IPO and CANbridge’s Hong Kong listing, as well as Dizal’s offering on the STAR market and five financing rounds totaling $508.5m help set a record for Chinese biotech fundraising in the last month of 2021.
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