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US Biopharma IPOs Surge, Data For 2018 So Far

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US initial public offerings by biopharmaceutical firms surged in the first 10 months of 2018, even as stock values fell in October. Market dynamics are moving swiftly, and with Moderna Therapeutics looking to raise $600m in an upcoming IPO, the biggest in biotech’s history, the appetite for financing innovation continues to grow despite declining returns.

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