Finance Watch: IPOs At A Standstill As US Biotech Stock Valuations Plummet
First Three Major Launches Of The Year Holding Steady
There have been no biopharma initial public offerings in the US since 12 January while the industry’s valuations have plummeted by double digits since the start of 2022. Nevertheless, venture capital investment continues at a fast pace and there have been some follow-on public offerings.
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Restructuring Edition: Impel eliminated R&D spending earlier this year to focus on Trudhesa commercialization, but is examining all options, including bankruptcy, as its funding runs out. Also, Alaunos, BioXcel and others announce job cuts and strategic shifts during second quarter updates.
Private Company Edition: Recent venture capital mega-rounds of $100m or more include ADARx and Alltrna, which closed five days after CG Oncology brought in $105m. Also, Tisento launched with assets from Cyclerion and $81m in series A funding and Georgiamune raised a $75m series A round.
Private Company Edition: Former Merck R&D head Roger Perlmutter and his new team have accessed drug candidates in oncology and neurodegenerative diseases from three companies, along with new funding. Also, Carmot raised $150m in series E equity and BenchSci brought in $70m.