IPO Update: Returns Rebound As June Sees Its First New Biopharma Offering
MeiraGTx was the first to go public in the US in June after six drug developer IPOs launched in May. With returns for this year's first-time biopharma offerings more than doubling from 9% at the end of April to 23.6% as of June 8, four new companies have filed and six have set terms for future IPOs.
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Once expected to be absorbed by Sanofi, US biotech Warp Drive Bio now will become part of California’s Revolution Medicines in a stock transaction. Sosei elects against its option to acquire MiNA Therapeutics; MeiraGTX follows its June IPO with takeout of Vector Neurosciences. Other recent mergers and acquisitions...
Returns for the 36 biopharma firms that went public in the first half of 2018 – including 14 in June alone – averaged 20.9%, stabilizing after a dip earlier in the year. But while drug developer returns have been on a rollercoaster ride, they're doing better than broader stock indices.