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Finance Watch: Lilly’s Gateway Labs, Deerfield’s Cure Offer Biotechs Space To Grow

Private Company Edition: Scrip spoke with the leaders of Gateway Labs and Cure at the BIO International Convention about their mini ecosystems. Also, radiopharmaceutical firm ITM raised €188m ($201.9m), Santa Ana Bio emerged with $168m and Alzheon’s series E totaled $100m.

BIO Financing

Finance Watch: Big Money In Post-Data Follow-On Offerings

Public Company Edition: Insmed grossed $650m, Structure raised $476m and Merus brought in $400.2m after positive clinical trial results. But while CARGO raised $110m in a private placement and Day One sold a priority review voucher for $108m, Ikena, Takeda and others cut jobs.

Financing Growth

Finance Watch: Two New VC Funds Bring $365m For Start-Ups

Private Company Edition: Amplitude Ventures raised $192m for its second fund, while XGEN Venture debuted with €160m ($173.4m). Also, hub-and-spoke biopharma operator CinRx added $73m, Adcendo extended its series A round to €98m ($106.2m) and Grey Wolf raised $50m.

Financing Innovation

Finance Watch: Cytokinetics Accesses Up To $1bn-Plus, Confirms No-Sale Plan

Public Company Edition: Cytokinetics executed a royalty financing deal for up to $575m and grossed $500m in a follow-on offering. Also, GSK grossed £1.25bn ($1.58bn) in sale of final Haleon shares, Bicycle raised $555m in a private placement and Apellis accessed up to $475m in debt.

Financing Growth

Finance Watch: AltruBio, Pheon Raise Venture Capital Mega-Rounds

Private Company Edition: AltruBio raised up to $225m and Pheon garnered $120m in series B financings, while Lycia brought in $106.6m in series C cash. Also, Sands Capital closed its third life science fund, totaling $555m, and NewVale Capital debuted with $167m for life science services.

Financing Innovation

Finance Watch: Verona Accesses Up To $650m As Ensifentrine Approval Deadline Nears

Public Company Edition: Verona Pharma arranged up to $400m in new debt and up to $250m in revenue-related financing ahead of its COPD drug launch. Also, Organon, Sobi and Pacira priced $1bn, $275.1m and $250m note sales, respectively. Marinus, Emergent and Ginkgo cut jobs.

Financing Business Strategies

Finance Watch: Clinical-Stage Autoimmune Start-Ups Garner Big Investments

Private Company Edition: Attovia will advance two anti-IL-31 programs with its $105m in series B funding, while ImmuNext secured $575m in a Royalty Pharma deal for its Sanofi-partnered drug. Also, Bluejay and Aardvark raised $182m and $85m, respectively, in series C rounds. 

Financing Immune Disorders

Finance Watch: Venture Rounds Trend Toward The High End

Private Company Edition: First quarter data again confirm fewer but larger VC rounds in Q1. Big Q2 rounds include a $132.5m series C round for Endeavor Biomedicines, a $103m series A round for Reunion Neuroscience and Enlaza’s $100m series A.

Financing Innovation

Finance Watch: Earnings Season Brings Job Cuts, Even At Big Pharma

Restructuring Edition: Even big pharma companies are not immune from workforce reductions. BMS and Sanofi joined that ranks of Evotec, CureVac and BenevolentAI in cutting jobs. Also, Vaxxinity will de-list and Hepion winds down its NASH trial, among other strategic updates.

Restructuring Business Strategies

Finance Watch: Investors Support Strategic Shifts At Cullinan, Cidara

Public Company Edition: Cullinan and Cidara shifted their strategic directions and found investors to bring along for the ride. Also, Intra-Cellular closed a post-Phase III $575m follow-on offering and Tarsus accessed up to $200m from Pharmakon.

Financing Growth

Finance Watch: Canaan, Regeneron Reveal New Funds For Start-Ups

Private Company Edition: Regeneron launched a $500m venture fund and Canaan added $100m, bringing the venture firm’s recent total to $1bn-plus. Also, incubators plan to grow over the next decade and in recent financings Avenzo raised $150m and Nvelop launched with $100m.

Financing StartUps and SMEs

Finance Watch: Ten IPOs So Far In 2024, But Returns To Date Are Subpar

Public Company Edition: This year’s newly public companies are trading an average of 9.7% below their IPO prices, including the two most recent debuts, Boundless Bio and Contineum. Also, Nkarta, Praxis and Nurix grossed $240m, $200m and $175m, respectively, in follow-on offerings.

Financing Business Strategies

Finance Watch: Obsidian’s $160.5m Financings Comes In A Flurry Of VC Mega-Rounds

Private Company Edition: Three consecutive $100m-plus venture capital rounds include Obsidian’s series C, a $132m series B round for Alterome and Diagonal’s $128m launch. Also, The Medicines Company’s Clive Meanwell reportedly is heading up a well-founded obesity start-up.

Financing Innovation

Finance Watch: Pfizer Adds $3.5bn To Cash Stockpile, Reduces Stake In Haleon

Public Company Edition: Pfizer’s stake in Haleon dropped from 32% to 22.6% with a massive sale of shares of the GSK consumer health spinout. Also, Galderma prices its Swiss IPO, Madrigal grosses $600m in a post-approval offering and bluebird secured up to $175m in debt.

Financing Growth

Finance Watch: Another Bevy Of VC Mega-Rounds, Including $175m For Capstan

Private Company Edition: Capstan and Engrail raised $175m and $157m, respectively, in series B venture capital rounds in addition to Madrigal’s $400m-plus launch and Clasp’s $150m series A. 

Financing Innovation

Finance Watch: Mega-Rounds Around The World As VCs Spread The Wealth

Private Company Edition: After US-based Alumis and Sionna raised $259m and $182m, respectively, in series C rounds, Tubulis in Munich, Germany brought in €128m ($138.8m) in series B2 cash, while Rakuten – with offices in the US, Europe and Asia – closed a $119m series E round.

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