Can Editas, BeiGene Offerings Redeem US IPO Class Of 2015?
This article was originally published in Scrip
US initial public offerings by biotechnology companies in 2015 dried up in November, but since Editas Medicine Inc. and BeiGene Ltd. had strong offerings to kick off February, does that mean that dozens of drug developers will be able to go public again in 2016?
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