Finance Watch: Investors Bet On Hope As Four Early-Stage Companies Launch US IPOs
Public Company Edition: Of five drug developers expected to go public, four have preclinical or early clinical candidates, while the one that could not find a market for its IPO is in Phase III. Also, Biohaven, Zymeworks and Kura raise $100m or more in follow-on offerings.
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Relay raises $400m to kick off July’s second big week of US initial public offerings. Also, Ocumension and Immunotech launch Hong Kong IPOs, Amgen invests $421m in BeiGene’s $2.08bn offering, Cytokinetics gets up to $400m in deal and investment funding, and Imvax closes $111m series C round.
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