Finance Watch: Two New Funds Provide $1.4bn For Health Care Ventures
Private Company Edition: GHO Capital will invest €975m in pharmaceutical and other opportunities in Europe, but Wellington’s $393m fund is focused on drug discovery and development. Also, Avidity raises $100m and Werewolf launches with $56m.
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Public Company Edition: After an initial hit to valuations from COVID-19, massive amounts of money have been raised by drug developers, such as argenx with a $862.5m stock sale. However, only two IPOs launched in the US in May, including ADC with a $267m offering.
Private Company Edition: VC deals fell short of the record-breaking level seen in 2018 and financings may slow a bit more in 2020. Also, UPMC and Frazier close new VC funds, and Emendo raises $61m for gene-editing platform.
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