Finance Watch: Canaan Closes New VC Fund; CARB-X Backs More Antibiotics
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.
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Private Company Edition: Several drug developers targeting neurological diseases raised venture capital recently. In addition to Nura Bio, Encoded Therapeutics revealed a $135m series D round. Also, Longwood closed a $170m fund and Flagship launched Omega Therapeutics with $85m.
Terns raised an $80m Series B round for NASH and cancer programs, while 89Bio launched with a $60m Series A to fund drugs for NASH and other liver and metabolic diseases. Also, Stoke leads recent VC deals with $90m Series B.
The summer slowdown finally seems to have hit the US biopharma IPO market; after a hot July with nine offerings, there were just two during the first half of August. Also, Zogenix leads recent follow-ons with a $312m offering; venture capital planted in UK biotechs – Orchard and Blueberry.