Finance Watch: Biopharma IPO Market Silence Continues In The US
Three Potential Offerings, Including Two Micro-Caps, Recently Filed
Public Company Edition: The last biopharma IPO in the US was on 17 February and none have been scheduled, so far, for March. Also, another SPAC merger is called off, Travere sells $275m worth of notes and Xeris secures $150m in new debt, while Ovid, Passage Bio and others are cutting jobs.
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Public Company Edition: UroGen raised $120m in a private placement of ordinary shares. Also, Verrica entered into a debt financing for up to $125m upon approval of Ycanth for molluscum contagiosum and job cuts were announced by Homology, Mersana, Infinity and others.
Special purpose acquisition companies can bring biopharma firms to market faster than a traditional initial public offering, but frequent failures and increased scrutiny from the US Securities and Exchange Commission mean their heyday in the life sciences space is arguably over.
Public Company Edition: Applied Molecular Transport, Scholar Rock, Agios and others join many of their peers in revising their strategies and downsizing their teams. Also, Zentalis grossed $200m from a follow-on offering and OKYO Pharma went public in the year’s smallest biopharma IPO in the US.