Finance Watch: 5AM, Longevity Close Funds, New Incubators Launch To Support Early-Stage Companies
News of 5AM's two latest venture funds follows the launch of Longevity Vision Fund as well as LA BioMed's and RUNLABS’ announcements that they will open new incubators in 2019. Also, Passage Bio launches with $115.5m, but the largest recent VC deal was HaiHe's $146.6m financing.
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Private Company Watch: Neuron23, Neurogene and Locanabio each raised $100m or more, highlighting increased investor interest in novel approaches to neurological diseases. Also, CRO dMed raised $100m and MinervaX brought in $57m for its vaccine to protect newborns.
Finance Watch: As Exit Values Rise, More Money Flows Into VC Investments
Private Company Edition: The average exit from biopharma investments rose from $356.8m in 2019 to $520.6m in 2020, explaining the staggering $12bn invested in the industry during the first half of this year versus $17bn for all of last year. In recent VC deals, VelosBio’s $137m series B was the largest.
Finance Watch: BioGeneration Ventures, Autobahn Labs Offer New Start-Up Resources
Private Company Edition: BioGeneration closed a €105m ($119m) fund to continue backing new European companies, while Samsara BioCapital, Evotec and KCK Ltd. launched the virtual incubator Autobahn Labs. Also, Poseida, Annexon and Goldfinch close $100m-plus VC rounds.