Finance Watch: $1.32bn In New Biopharma VC Financings As Year-End Approaches
Year-End Flurry Of Deals In Full Swing
Private Company Edition: In recent weeks, 19 companies disclosed venture capital funding of $20m or more, including FogPharma with a $178m series D round and Apogee’s $169m launch. Also, Avalon BioVentures spun out of Avalon Ventures with a $135m fund.
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A mix of mega-rounds and smaller seed financings show investment happening at both ends of the venture capital spectrum. In public company financings, Gilead prices $2bn note offering, Biogen secures $1.5bn for Reata deal, Inhibrx completes a $200m PIPE and the IPO market shows new signs of life.
Private Company Edition: Vertex Ventures (not Vertex Pharmaceuticals) closed its third fund, with $200m for life science and medical technologies, while Chugai’s $200m corporate VC fund will invest in drug discovery start-ups. Also, K36 closed a $70m series B round and Attovia launched with $60m.
Public Company Edition: Private Galderma raised $1bn but said its next likely financing will be an IPO. Also, Azitra went public while Turnstone, Apogee and Sagimet initiated the process; Sutro signed a royalty deal for up to $390m; and despite a follow-on offering mini-surge, cost cuts continue.