Finance Watch: Nkarta, Passage Bio Raise Venture Capital Mega-Rounds
Private Company Edition: Nkarta, Passage Bio and Achilles kicked off September with VC deals totaling more than $100m each. Also, Repare raised $82.5m and SutroVax won CARB-X cash.
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Poseida, Nkarta and Inventiva raised $224m, $252m and $107.7m, respectively. Also, Forbion raised €185m ($208m) of a new €250m fund and Blackstone closed the last $1.2bn of its $4.6bn fund for public and private company deals, and Ascendis led recent follow-ons with a $569.2m offering.
Public Company Edition: June has seen 14 initial public offerings by drug developers (and one big biopharma funder) after there were only 15 from January through May – and the month isn’t over yet. Follow-on and other offerings also are hitting the market at a rapid pace.
Revolution has just one drug in the clinic, but its focus on KRAS excited IPO investors. Also, Deciphera’s $175m offering leads recent follow-ons and Spruce raises $88m in venture capital.