Finance Watch: Q1 Numbers Suggest A Brisk VC Deal Pace For Cell And Gene Therapies In 2019
An Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) report shows big Q1 numbers for venture capital and partnership deals. Also, mid-May VC deals surge globally across therapeutic areas, Biogen pushes back against a bargain-hunting investor and recent public company financings.
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Private Company Edition: The industry raised $28bn in venture capital through the third quarter, breaking the record $27.4bn raised last year. Also, big pharmas backed a start-up lab in Israel, plus mega-rounds for CinCor Pharma ($143m) and Rectify Pharmaceuticals ($100m), while Cerecin raises $40m.
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.
Public Company Edition: At the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and Biotech Showcase it was noted that the US IPO market is likely to be less active in the second half of the year as election risk chills investment. Also, Apellis leads recent follow-on offerings.