VC Round-Up: Microbiome Focused Lodo, T-Cell Firm Tmunity, And More
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The average return for the 54 drug developers that went public in the US during first three quarters of 2018 was 13.6% as of Oct. 1 versus 16.9% as of Aug. 31 for the 47 biopharma firms that launched IPOs during the first eight months of this year. September had seven new offerings after just two in August.
Tmunity launched in early 2016 with $10m in seed funding for novel T-cell therapies, two of which are now in the clinic. The company reunites former Novartis cell therapy head Oz Azam and CAR-T researchers from the University of Pennsylvania.
Series A venture capital and seed funding rounds for biopharma firms in 2016 kept pace with the level of investment seen in 2015, excluding one major deal in 2015, laying the foundation for optimism regarding early-stage financings in 2017 for particularly innovative companies.