Finance Watch: Another Mega-Round As Moderna Bucks Biopharma's IPO Trend
Moderna raised $500m to fund its growing pipeline, choosing once again to stay private rather than pursue an IPO. Also, AvroBio closed a $60m Series B round to advance its gene therapies for lysosomal storage disorders, Seattle Genetics led recent public company financings, and Vical is restructuring.
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Highlights from the past year's financings include BeiGene's $800m follow-on offering in the US and $903m Hong Kong IPO, Moderna's $560m Series G round and $604m IPO, and Allogene's $300m Series A and $373m IPO.
The company isn't relaying any details about its drug targets, but will use the mega-round to take its first candidates into the clinic. Also, RiverVest raises a $184.4m VC fund, Annexon closes a $75m Series C, Takeda lists its stock in the US, and Aptorum goes public.
Third quarter biopharma start-up financing activity decreased from the record-breaking Q2. A review of biopharma start-up dealmaking and financing activity from July through September 2018, based on data from Strategic Transactions.