Finance Watch: Forma Raises $100m In Quest To Become A Sickle Cell Leader
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.
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Mereo will reduce its headcount by 40% to focus on its lead programs while NeuBase revealed a 60% workforce reduction to extend its cash runway. Also, Invivyd (formerly Adagio), Greenlight and BioMarin announced job cuts, while Otonomy and others planned strategic shifts.
Deal Watch: Gemini Goes Through Second Re-Invention Via Reverse Merger With Disc Medicine
Less than two year after going public by a SPAC merger, Gemini will reverse merge with hematology-focused Disc. Bristol Myers Squibb and GentiBio will join forces on Treg development for inflammatory bowel disorders.
Finance Watch: A Summer Slowdown? Not For Venture Capital Mega-Rounds
Private Company Edition: The latest $100m-plus VC financings include $112.5m for PepGen, Deep Genomics’ $180m series C round and a $166m series D for Rakuten Medical. Also, Lumira Ventures raised a $220m fourth fund and will manage a separate $35m fund backed by Angelini Pharma.