Finance Watch: Former Juno Execs Launch Sana With Allogeneic Cell Therapy Platform
Private Company Edition: Former Juno execs launch allogeneic cell therapy venture Sana, Atlas raises a $250m fund, and the Rakuten Aspyrian, Apollomics and Antengene VC deals exceed the $100m mark.
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Private Company Edition: Amylyx will use its new cash to run a Phase III trial and submit applications seeking EU and Canadian approvals of AMX0035, but US filing plans based on prior Phase II/III data are less clear. Also, three VC firms raised new funds targeting biopharma and other investments.
Public Company Edition: Almost halfway through the year, initial public offerings equal nearly three-quarters of the 2020 total. Also, Pardes is one of four new SPAC mergers; HUTCHMED launched an IPO in Hong Kong; and Zentalis, Theravance and BioXcel launched follow-on offerings.
IPO Edition: Sana leads the group with a $587.5m initial public offering, while Immunocore and Bolt follow with $200m-plus IPOs. The 10 newly public companies generated a 43.3% average return on 8 Feb.