Finance Watch: Biopharma Stocks Attempt An April Rebound
First IPO Since February Raises Nearly $10m
Public Company Edition: With the XBI up more than 9% in April, a few follow-on offerings –$23m to support Gamida Cell’s small product launch and $500m to fund Vaxcyte’s large clinical trial program – have made it to market. Also, China’s CytoMed launched the sixth biopharma IPO in the US this year.
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Public Company Edition: Follow-on offerings may not be the favored path to funding development programs or product launches after major milestones in the current environment. Amicus secured $430m in a deal with Blackstone, while OPKO’s Modex garnered up to $168m from BARDA.
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.
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