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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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.
Finance Watch has noted $1.1bn worth of venture capital deals so far in 2019. Meanwhile, public offerings continue to be muted by the US government shutdown, though Revance and others sold shares. Also, Five Prime and others reveal layoffs and strategic shifts.