Finance Watch: VC Mega-Rounds Make A Comeback In March
Several $100m-Plus Financings After Early 2023 Drought
Private Company Edition: After just seven venture capital rounds of $100m or more in January and February, five have been announced already in March, including a $200m series A round for Cargo Therapeutics, Chroma Medicine’s $135m series B financing and $112m for Noema’s series B.
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Public Company Edition: CARGO Therapeutics grossed $281.3m, giving it the fifth-largest biopharma IPO this year. Also, Alkermes completed its cancer business spinout as Mural Oncology, which launched with $275m, and Xencor sold Ultomiris and Monjuvi royalties for $215m.
Private Company Edition: Iambic, formerly known as Entos, closed a $100m series B venture capital round to advance its AI-discovered therapeutics. Also, Evozyne raised $81m and Acesion brought in €45m in series B rounds, while Mogrify added $10m to bring its series A to $46m.
Among the latest financing deals, advanced therapeutics such as cell and gene therapies (CGT) continued enjoying the spotlight from venture capital and private equity investors in China. Meanwhile, small molecules with novel mechanism of action such as molecule glue stood out from their peers to win investors’ favor.