Finance Watch: Omega, Perceptive/Xontogeny Raise $648m For Life Science Investments
Private Company Edition: Omega raised $438m for its sixth life science fund, while Perceptive and the accelerator Xontogeny partnered on a new $210m venture capital fund. In VC deals, Zentalis and Black Diamond raised $85m each.
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Blackstone raised $3.44bn of a $4.58bn life science fund, while HealthCare Royalty Partners raised $1.8bn and MVM closed a $325m fund. Also, 20 private drug developers raised $20m or more, but three public biopharma firms unveiled restructuring plans.
The firm reorganized to focus on hemoglobinopathies and cancers after Celgene ended a multi-drug partnership. Also, Flagship funds a gene therapy start-up and brings in a business development veteran, Ultragenyx raises $320m in a royalty deal and Paratek secures up to $285m from BARDA.
EVP Michael Ehlers swaps public company scrutiny for early-stage, venture-funded opportunities at Apple Tree Partners and Limelight Bio, while CMO and longtime Biogen executive Alfred Sandrock reclaims R&D oversight role.