Finance Watch: Hua Medicine Raises $117.4m While Evaluating A Hong Kong IPO
Hua, already considering an IPO in Hong Kong for up to $400m, closed concurrent VC rounds that will fund its late-stage diabetes program in China, but it may still need to go public to enter other markets. Also, Heron raised cash for its next commercial product, among other public company financings.
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Blackstone raised $3.44bn of a $4.58bn life science fund, while HealthCare Royalty Partners raised $1.8bn and MVM closed a $325m fund. Also, 20 private drug developers raised $20m or more, but three public biopharma firms unveiled restructuring plans.
Private Company Edition: I-Mab's $220m Series C round continued the trend of big investments in companies focused on or headquartered in China. Also, Shanghai-based Nuance brought in a combined $35m and European firms dominated recent small financings as US VC deals took a summer break.
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.