Finance Watch: Cell And Gene Therapies Buck 2019’s Venture Capital Trend
Private Company Edition: VC deals are surging this year for cell and gene therapy firms, according to ARM’s third quarter report. Also, Vivo Capital and the CF Foundation plan to invest nearly $2bn in health care and life science opportunities, and Akeso completes $150m series D.
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CAR-T therapies from Janssen, Celgene and others will get a lot of attention at the annual hematology meeting, including candidates with novel constructs and targets.
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.