Finance Watch: Surrozen Raises $33m In $483m February Flurry; Also, Are Reverse Mergers This Year's IPOs?
Surrozen raised $33m to fund drug development programs targeting Wnt ligands for various indications during a February VC financing flurry that occurred despite a drop in IPOs. Taking an alternative route to going public, some biopharma companies have completed reverse mergers in recent weeks and months.
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