Finance Watch: Genocea, Mateon Shift Strategies, Cut Jobs To Preserve Cash
Genocea shifts to preclinical neoantigen-based cancer vaccines rather than advance a Phase III-ready herpes program on its own and Mateon gives up on its lead drug as placebo outperforms. Also, Juno tops recent public company financings and new VC funds back early-stage firms.
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ARM counts $14.1bn in fundraising in the first half of 2021, up 35% from mid-year 2020. Also, Chinese mRNA players Abogen raises a $700m series C venture capital round, Pfizer prices a $1bn sustainability bond and while IPOs slow in the US, China and South Korea see new first-time offerings.
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