Finance Watch: Biotech Stocks Down, But Holding Up Better Than Broader Indices
Public Company Edition: Benefitting from hope that biopharma interventions will help the coronavirus pandemic, the industry is faring better than others in the stock market, including the ability to launch IPOs. Also, BridgeBio leads recent financings and PDL is on track to dissolve by year-end.
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Speakers on a panel about health care deal-making discussed the influx of capital into biotech during the past two years, how that has impacted deal-making and whether those changes will last.
IPO Edition: Sana leads the group with a $587.5m initial public offering, while Immunocore and Bolt follow with $200m-plus IPOs. The 10 newly public companies generated a 43.3% average return on 8 Feb.