Finance Watch: 2019 Ended With Near-Record VC Financings, But Some Slowing Expected In 2020
Private Company Edition: VC deals fell short of the record-breaking level seen in 2018 and financings may slow a bit more in 2020. Also, UPMC and Frazier close new VC funds, and Emendo raises $61m for gene-editing platform.
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A collaboration between Novo and Fauna will look at animal hibernation and genetic sequencing for hints toward novel therapies for obesity. Pfizer will use Insilico’s machine learning technology in target validation.
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.