Finance Watch: SPAC Deals Stumble, Layoffs Continue As Valuations Struggle To Recover
Axcella, Sensei, Instil, TherapeuticsMD, Novartis Reveal Job Cuts
Aesther Healthcare Acquisition extended the deadline to merge with Ocean Biomedical, while Intrinsic Medicine no longer plans to go public by merging with a SPAC. In restructuring news, Otonomy begins liquidation, Celyad cuts last clinical program with cash running out and Clovis files for bankruptcy.
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Restructuring Edition: The financial market is beginning to perk up after a decline in biopharma financings at the end of 2023, but some companies still are struggling to stay afloat after assessing their strategic options, like Merrimack and LianBio, which announced plans to dissolve.
Public Company Edition: Arvinas grossed $350m in a private placement, while Xenon brought in $345m and Pharvaris raised $300m in follow-on public offerings. Fundraising remains challenging, however, so IGM Biosciences, Hansa Biopharma and other companies cut costs to save money.
Public Company Edition: Mallinckrodt entered into a restructuring support agreement with most of its debt holders and will de-list. Also, Aprinoia no longer plans to go public in a SPAC merger and Novartis, Agenus and Aravive revealed job cuts.