VC Roundup: Annexon, Mersana Benefit As Investors Favor Private Over Public Biotechs
During a month when only two biotechnology companies have gone public, private drug developers continue to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital.
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The company isn't relaying any details about its drug targets, but will use the mega-round to take its first candidates into the clinic. Also, RiverVest raises a $184.4m VC fund, Annexon closes a $75m Series C, Takeda lists its stock in the US, and Aptorum goes public.
US VC investment in biopharma totaled $14.5bn in the first three quarters of 2018, exceeding the full-year 2017 sum of $11.9bn. UK biotech cash also is rising, benefitting new companies like Sitryx.
Start-up Impact's new structured financing – its second fundraising event this month – will pay out in increments as fedratinib nears the market. Also, Ablynx closed its $200m US IPO; Chi-Med follow-on brings in $262m; and VCs gives Cydan $34m to launch new companies.