Finance Watch: Gossamer Works Around The Shutdown To Price Its $230m IPO
Gossamer took an infrequently used path to go public during a US government shutdown that's kept the SEC from processing new offerings. Also, IPO filings (and withdrawals) and follow-on offerings continued during the shutdown, while VC deals keep up a brisk pace.
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Private Company Edition: The venture capital firm said it will back biopharma, diagnostics and other opportunities in health care. In addition to the Design and TScan mega-rounds, Verve raised $94m, Vera garnered $80m and Ixaka (formerly Rexgenero) closed a £40m ($54.7m) financing.
With 46 initial public offerings in the US by drug developers so far – including recent launches by Kymera, Inhibrx and Harmony – 2020 will easily beat last year’s 50 IPOs. In follow-on offerings and VC deals, newly public Schrodinger raised $346.5m and Tango’s $50m equity financing.
Public Company Edition: Moderna leveraged its all-time high stock price to raise $1.34bn on the same day it reported data from a Phase I trial of its COVID-19 vaccine. Several other companies also took advantage of biopharma’s rising value.