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VC funding slowed recently, but public company financings kept up a brisk pace with follow-on public offerings for Allakos and Alpine, private placements for Ventyx and Syros, and Albireo’s royalty deal. In restructuring updates, Biogen raised $592m in a real estate deal and Acerus is assessing options.
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Restructuring Edition: After reporting record revenue, but lower profits due to rising costs, Ferring has decided to consolidate R&D in Europe. Also, Codiak has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will sell off its assets, while Exicure, Applied Molecular Transport, Gamida Cell and others revealed new job cuts.
Public Company Edition: PTC will get $350m up front as part of an initial $500m commitment. Also, while Biohaven and Vaxcyte launched traditional follow-on offerings, Recursion and Agios took the private placement and royalty sale routes, while others revealed job cuts and other strategic updates.