Finance Watch: Investment In Novel Antibacterials Gets A New Boost With Qpex Launch
Repeat antibiotic entrepreneurs raised $33m to launch Qpex with assets from The Medicines Co. Also, Taiho increases VC fund to $300m and TP Therapeutics raises $80m.
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Private Company Edition: VC deals are surging this year for cell and gene therapy firms, according to ARM’s third quarter report. Also, Vivo Capital and the CF Foundation plan to invest nearly $2bn in health care and life science opportunities, and Akeso completes $150m series D.
Public Company Edition: COO Dean Hum talked to Scrip about Genfit's IPO strategy – which wasn't just about raising money – as it anticipates Phase III elafibranor data later this year. Also, Precision BioSciences launches its IPO, while Myokardia, Dermira and Tricida lead new public company financings.