Finance Watch: Up, Up And Away – Biopharma Stocks Keep Rising
Public Company Edition: Drug developers continue to take advantage of investors’ preference for biotechnology investments, with CRISPR, Acceleron and BioNTech raising massive sums. The wealth isn’t spreading to everyone, however, as DBV Technologies is restructuring and cutting jobs.
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Poseida, Nkarta and Inventiva raised $224m, $252m and $107.7m, respectively. Also, Forbion raised €185m ($208m) of a new €250m fund and Blackstone closed the last $1.2bn of its $4.6bn fund for public and private company deals, and Ascendis led recent follow-ons with a $569.2m offering.
Public Company Edition: June has seen 14 initial public offerings by drug developers (and one big biopharma funder) after there were only 15 from January through May – and the month isn’t over yet. Follow-on and other offerings also are hitting the market at a rapid pace.
Value-added medicines specialist Hyloris Pharmaceuticals has set out the financial terms for its IPO, aimed at providing funds to pursue US 505(b)(2) opportunities.