Finance Watch: Vaccinex, Aridis Launch August's First US IPOs As The Summer Simmer Slows
The summer slowdown finally seems to have hit the US biopharma IPO market; after a hot July with nine offerings, there were just two during the first half of August. Also, Zogenix leads recent follow-ons with a $312m offering; venture capital planted in UK biotechs – Orchard and Blueberry.
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BioNTech has plenty of cash and is gearing up for an IPO, but money from a Hong Kong investor is in limbo. Plus, Satsuma and SpringWorks bring US IPO total to 34 this year, Fate's FOPO raises $150.5m and Pharvaris brings in $66m.
Private Company Edition: Venture capital for emerging therapeutics companies in the US and in ex-US regions reached all-time highs in 2018. Also, Alphamab raises $60m Series B, three new VC funds launch and FLX changes its name to RAPT.