Finance Watch: VCs Are Sharing The Wealth With More Biopharmas
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.
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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.
Private Company Edition: VC deals are surging this year for cell and gene therapy firms, according to ARM’s third quarter report. Also, Vivo Capital and the CF Foundation plan to invest nearly $2bn in health care and life science opportunities, and Akeso completes $150m series D.
GSK hopes the San Francisco biotech’s technology can help its cell therapy pipeline address solid tumors. Avacta partners with ADC on antibody-drug conjugates.