Finance Watch: Government Grants Galore And Other New Funding Sources
While Forbion's new €360m venture capital fund and other investors have emerged to fund private and public companies, BARDA and other US agencies have been active supporters of biopharma firms in recent weeks. Also, KSQ grabs $80m in VC cash and VelosBios brings in $50m.
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Private Company Edition: Immunocore’s $130m round kicked off a series of $100m-plus venture capital deals, including financings for Xilio, Akouos and Pliant. Also, VC investment in cell and gene therapies surged in 2019 and MPM launched two funds with $126 for early cancer research.
Tetraphase's plan to downsize may put the company on the same path as now-bankrupt Achaogen. Also, Bain raises $900m for its second life science fund, Provention calls off post-ADA offering and Oncologie raises $80m series B.
Emerging Company Profile: A platform research company, AbCellera is not developing any drugs, but has seen triple-digit revenue growth each year since 2015 via a model of discovering next-generation therapeutic antibody candidates for partners.