Finance Watch: Expect A Busy First Half For 2020 IPOs
Public Company Edition: At the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and Biotech Showcase it was noted that the US IPO market is likely to be less active in the second half of the year as election risk chills investment. Also, Apellis leads recent follow-on offerings.
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Private Company Edition: While venture capital invested in the industry dropped in 2019, the number of deals rose as investors funded more early-stage VC rounds. Money continues flowing to large deals as well, including $105m for ALX Oncology and $98m for CANbridge.
Industry advisers at the BIO CEO & Investor meeting remained optimistic about the pharmaceutical deal environment in 2020 – even with the uncertainty around a looming US election year.
Besting Alexion’s Soliris in a head-to-head Phase III trial portends a place in the market for Apellis’ competitor in paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria. But challenges dog both companies.