Finance Watch: A One-Time Treatment For Heart Disease? Verve Raises $58.5m To Give It A Try
Private Company Edition: With academic muscle, Google cash and nanoparticles, and various CRISPR licenses, Verve will develop gene-editing therapies for coronary heart disease prevention. Also, Vividion raises an $82m series B and two Belgian companies bring in $77.8m in VC cash.
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Private Company Edition: Clover’s $230m financing was the largest of recent mega-rounds. Century Therapeutics ($160m), Vividion ($135m) and eGenesis ($125m) also raised big rounds and investors Foresite Capital ($969m), Sofinnova Partners ($540m) and OMX Ventures ($150m) raised new VC funds.
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.
Lantern, Avidity, Generation Bio and Vaxcyte launched initial public offerings during the second week of June as biopharma continues to intrigue IPO investors. Also, Blackstone invested $350m in Reata's bardoxolone and Checkmate’s $85m series C led recent VC deals.