Finance Watch: Summer Slowdown Nears Its End With Strategic Shifts And IPO Hopes
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.
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BioNTech's $150m offering, after a prior large venture capital financing, gives it the third-largest market cap for a newly public drug developer in the US. Also, Innovent raises $300m in Hong Kong offering, Heron leads US follow-ons and Five Prime restructures to save $20m annually.
Only 16 drug developers that went public in the US during the first three quarters are trading in positive territory. While the IPO queue keeps growing, ADC Therapeutics and Monopar cite "market conditions" as they postpone their offerings.
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.