Finance Watch: Mega-Rounds Add Up To Another Record Year For Biopharma VC Funding
Maze Therapeutics Closes Latest $100m-Plus Round
Private Company Edition: NVCA and Pitchbook data show pharma and biotech companies raised $37.8bn in venture capital in 2021, up 41% from the record $26.8bn total in 2020. Recent mega-rounds include $190m for Maze and $200m for Alumis, and Sound Bioventures raised a €110m fund.
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Private Company Edition: Quarter-over-quarter increases in venture capital have been bolstered by fewer but larger rounds, like the recent $245m series A for Aiolos. Also, OrbiMed raised $4.3bn across three new VC funds, Rampart completed an $85m series A and Atom Bioscience raised an $83m series D.
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.