Finance Watch: Billions Flow Into Biopharma Via Three New Investment Funds
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.
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Blackstone is providing $250m to combine Intellia’s gene editing and Cellex’s cell manufacturing capabilities in a new CAR-T company using Cellex subsidiary GEMoaB’s technology and pipeline as a foundation.
Three firms launched initial public offerings during the first week of May, but Gyroscope postponed its IPO while Jasper, Science 37 and Roivant took the special purpose acquisition corporation route.
Private Company Edition: The astonishing pace of venture capital investment in drug development continues with another $1.5bn in financings of $100m or more, including $152m for Pyxis and $126m for Omega. New VC funds also continue to launch, including RiverVest’s fifth fund, totaling $275m.