Finance Watch: VC Interest Lags At Early Stage – 'Hogwash' Or Evidence-Based?
Venture Capital Edition: A VC investor at a recent conference said it's "hogwash" that venture capitalists aren't interested in funding early-stage biopharma, but the trend toward large financings – such as the $220m raised to date by Rubius – and 2017 investment data suggest otherwise.
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Public Company Edition: Nine more biopharma companies launched IPOs in the US in July, bringing the 2018 total to 45 first-time offerings – three more than in all of 2017. Bluebird's $632.5m offering leads recent follow-on public offerings.
Public Company Edition: Is the IPO bubble getting ready to burst? It's anybody's guess, but biopharma companies are forging ahead, having launched 11 first-time offerings during the past week and a half. Also, Heron leads recent follow-on offerings with a $200m stock sale to fund what may soon be its third commercial product.