Venture Funding Deals, July 2015
This article was originally published in Start Up
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 life science companies that have received venture funding, including companies within the In Vitro Diagnostics, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceuticals sectors. This month’s column covers deals announced May through June 2015.
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Private Company Edition: The VC firm and start-up factory Flagship Pioneering brings in new cash for existing investments, tapping into investors eager to back "big, bold platform ideas" in the life sciences. Also, new financings include $100m-plus deals for Harmony and Beam.
Public Company Edition: With returns for newly public biopharma companies rising, seven more jumped in line to go public in the US between the beginning of February and early March, while two drug developers launched IPOs in the EU. Meanwhile, already public companies keep raising gobs of cash.
Canaan raised $800m for tech and health care investments. Also, six companies closed VC rounds, CARB-X backed more antibiotics, CIRM funded BrainStorm and Sarepta led recent offerings.