Finance Watch Public Company Edition: Akcea, Kala Launch IPOs While FOPOs Keep Busy Pace
Kala follows July's first biopharma IPO from Ionis spinout Akcea into the stock market. Amicus, Arena and othera go high with major offerings, while Inovio and Regulus go low. Also, Galena, Neothetics provide updates on their hunts for "strategic alternatives."
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Roivant will use the cash to fund other "Vants" that develop drugs or make the process more efficient. Also, Zealand launches its IPO, Apellis raises a $60m Series E and BioMarin tops recent offerings.
Sienna Biopharmaceuticals went from Series A to IPO in 15 months, selling investors on its executive team experienced in the development and commercialization of dermatology and aesthetic products.