Finance Watch: Alternative Funding Sources Crucial Even Amidst A Biopharma VC Boom
Private Company Edition: Investments by CIRM, the GHIT fund and the European Investment Bank back early-stage science and treatments for neglected diseases. Also, Versant Ventures raises $700m in two funds. In VC deals, Akero raised $70m, Impel NeuroPharma brought in $67.5m.
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Public Company Edition: The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index appears to be in recovery from an earlier slide, but still has ground to make up. Also, Jazz sold $1.5bn worth of notes and Zai Lab closed an $823.9m follow-on offering.
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Private Company Edition: The astonishing pace of venture capital investment in drug development continues with another $1.5bn in financings of $100m or more, including $152m for Pyxis and $126m for Omega. New VC funds also continue to launch, including RiverVest’s fifth fund, totaling $275m.