Finance Watch: Relay Raises $400m – And It's Only The Third-Largest Biopharma VC Round Of 2018
The company isn't relaying any details about its drug targets, but will use the mega-round to take its first candidates into the clinic. Also, RiverVest raises a $184.4m VC fund, Annexon closes a $75m Series C, Takeda lists its stock in the US, and Aptorum goes public.
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The firm reorganized to focus on hemoglobinopathies and cancers after Celgene ended a multi-drug partnership. Also, Flagship funds a gene therapy start-up and brings in a business development veteran, Ultragenyx raises $320m in a royalty deal and Paratek secures up to $285m from BARDA.
A review of biopharma start-up dealmaking and financing activity from October through December 2018, based on data from Strategic Transactions.
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.