Finance Watch: Polaris Piles On As Multiple Life Science VCs Raise New Funds
Private Company Edition: Polaris is raising up to $400m for its next tech and health care fund, following in the footsteps of several life science investors this year. Also, Nevakar raises $50m in a product financing agreement and RAPT closes a $37m series C extension.
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VC deals totaled $8.3bn in the first half of 2019, but the year's total rose to just $11.5bn at the end of September, reflecting only a $3.2bn third quarter gain. Among recent financings, Cygnal emerged from stealth mode with $65m invested to date.
Merrimack's wind-down continues with an activist challenge, but investors approved the Vical/Brickell Biotech reverse merger. Also, the past month's IPO slump may reverse course and HiFiBiO's $67m Series C leads recent financings.
Public Company Edition: Genmab raised $505.9m while other 17 July IPOs from Fulcrum and Mirum grossed $72m and $75m, respectively. Also, Horizon sells notes to pay down debt and Inovio reduces its workforce by 28%.