VC Roundup: Early-Stage Funding Slips Again In Third Quarter, Plus 15 New Financings
Early-stage venture capital funding continues to decline, but corporate VC dollars and other sources of cash are emerging to fund startups. Also, biopharma companies raised $436.3m in 15 recent financings.
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Repeat antibiotic entrepreneurs raised $33m to launch Qpex with assets from The Medicines Co. Also, Taiho increases VC fund to $300m and TP Therapeutics raises $80m.
Global financings for cell and gene therapy and tissue engineering companies more than doubled in the second quarter; financings for the sector rose 79% in the first half of 2018. Also, Samumed leads recent venture funding deals with a $438m round.
Private Company Edition: Flagship ends 2017 with its biggest life science fund yet totaling $618m. Also, December sees a year-end surge in VC deals, including a $100m Series B round for Allakos.