Finance Watch: Moderna Capitalizes On COVID-19 Vaccine Data Value Boost
Public Company Edition: Moderna leveraged its all-time high stock price to raise $1.34bn on the same day it reported data from a Phase I trial of its COVID-19 vaccine. Several other companies also took advantage of biopharma’s rising value.
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Public Company Edition: After an initial hit to valuations from COVID-19, massive amounts of money have been raised by drug developers, such as argenx with a $862.5m stock sale. However, only two IPOs launched in the US in May, including ADC with a $267m offering.
Developing some of the first coronavirus vaccines and antibody testing kits, venture-backed firms in China have responded fast and partnered actively in the fight against the pandemic, helping them to raise new funds and reach deals. But there have been cautionary tales in other sectors and some investors remain wary.
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