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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Public Company Edition: 2020 started with two $200m-plus initial public offerings plus five health care-focused special purpose acquisition corporations IPOs. Also, a Pfizer initiative backs three public companies, Fate’s $432m offering led recent FOPOs and Biocon Biologics receives more investment.
Private Company Edition: The flood of venture capital into health care and life science firms continues with Perceptive closing a $1.1bn credit fund and Sanofi investing $50m in Jeito Capital. Also, Ambrx closed a $200m crossover round as biopharma remains on track for a record funding year.
Headquartered in both China and US, the new firm will help partners bring drugs to China and other Asian markets. Novavax licenses COVID-19 vaccine in Japan to Takeda, following previous week’s deal for the vaccine in India.