Finance Watch VC Edition: Biopharma Venture Investment Rises In Second Quarter
Venture capital investment in biopharmaceutical firms for the first half of 2017 show that this year is on track to exceed 2016 levels. Recent financings include two $50m Series C rounds for two different companies developing later-stage drugs for itching: Trevi and Menlo Therapeutics.
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Private Company Edition: Polaris is raising up to $400m for its next tech and health care fund, following in the footsteps of several life science investors this year. Also, Nevakar raises $50m in a product financing agreement and RAPT closes a $37m series C extension.
Private investors, including Japanese e-commerce mogul Hiroshi Mikitani, backed a $150m Series C round for Rakuten Aspyrian and its photoimmunotherapy platform. Also, pharma-backed therapeutic video game developer Akili boosts Series C to $68m, and Summit garners additional BARDA funding.
Private Company Edition: The Dementia Discovery Fund started in 2015 with plans to raise $200m to fund early-stage development of disease-modifying drugs, but recently closed its fundraising with $350m in commitments. Also, Kaleido's $101m Series C is among three recent $100m-plus rounds.