Finance Watch: With The Year's Biggest IPO, CFO Says Allogene Is Ready To Go 'Full Throttle'
Allogene launched a $324m IPO to fund development of its allogeneic CAR-T pipeline, bringing its 2018 fundraising total to $744m. Also, GW Pharma's $345m offering tops recent follow-ons.
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Private Company Edition: Neogene, Escient, ESCAPE, Resolution and Attralus raised a combined $320m in venture capital rounds. Also, large Recursion round could double the size of its pipeline, Korro Bio raised $91.5m and Flagship launched Generate Biomedicines.
Public Company Edition: Legend Biotech raised $424m in its US public market debut. Also, Pfizer commits up to $500m for equity investments and Allogene capitalizes on ASCO with a $550m offering.
Scrip spoke with Fred Cohen, who co-founded Vida Ventures with former Kite Pharma CEO Arie Belldegrun, about the venture capital firm's investment focus after raising its second fund in two years.