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Public Company Edition: The gene therapy firm’s IPO priced at $18 and ended its first day up 23.3% at $22.20 but fell to $21.50 when stocks recovered on 2 March. Also, RedHill raised $115m for product launches and Movantik purchase, and Avadel raised $65m to compete with Jazz.
Biotech licenses drug composition patents from University of Alaska Fairbanks for study in several disease states. Gilead seeks long-acting HIV therapy or prevention with broadly neutralizing antibodies discovered by Rockefeller U.
Derived from Strategic Transactions, Informa’s premium source for tracking life sciences deal activity, the Venture Funding Deals column provides a comprehensive monthly review of emerging biopharmaceutical companies that have received venture funding. This month’s column covers deals announced October to November.
Private Company Edition: VC deals are surging this year for cell and gene therapy firms, according to ARM’s third quarter report. Also, Vivo Capital and the CF Foundation plan to invest nearly $2bn in health care and life science opportunities, and Akeso completes $150m series D.
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