Finance Watch: New Funds Keep Venture Capital Flowing Into Biopharma
Second Quarter Starts With $1bn-Plus In Fresh Cash
Private Company Edition: In the first week of April, Cure Ventures launched with a $350m fund, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Fund received $200m for its venture philanthropy strategy and Canaan revealed $850m in new funds. Also, OnKure raised $53.7m and Phlow closed a $36m series B round.
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Private Company Edition: Forbion closed two funds totaling €1.35bn ($1.5bn) and Glide Healthcare raised €600m ($657.5m) for its latest fund, joining recent venture capital raises by Lux Capital and Wellington Management, but in the first quarter biopharma VC company financings fell dramatically.
The Danish start-up intends to use the proceeds from a €31m series A extension financing to initiate a broad clinical program for its uPARAP antibody-drug conjugate in sarcoma.
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.