Finance Watch: VC Mega-Deals Launch Biopharma Firms With New Takes On CV, Genetic Diseases
Anthos premiers with $250m from Blackstone and cardiovascular disease assets and expertise from Novartis, while Maze brings in $191m for drugs that target gene modifiers. In public company financings, Sage raises $575m ahead of Zulresso approval decision.
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Newly public Aligos will team with Merck & Co. on oligonucleotide therapies for NASH. Maze Therapeutics launches ophthalmology and CV-focused spinouts with Alloy and BridgeBio.
Blackstone raised $3.44bn of a $4.58bn life science fund, while HealthCare Royalty Partners raised $1.8bn and MVM closed a $325m fund. Also, 20 private drug developers raised $20m or more, but three public biopharma firms unveiled restructuring plans.
The Swiss group has decided to launch FerGene with the private equity giant to give the gene therapy nadofaragene firadenovec, which has a priority review at the FDA, a better chance for a successful launch in the US.