Finance Watch: As Exit Values Rise, More Money Flows Into VC Investments
Private Company Edition: The average exit from biopharma investments rose from $356.8m in 2019 to $520.6m in 2020, explaining the staggering $12bn invested in the industry during the first half of this year versus $17bn for all of last year. In recent VC deals, VelosBio’s $137m series B was the largest.
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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.
The performance of 29 biopharma firms that launched IPOs during the first half of 2020 is staggering compared with 28 drug developers that went public in the first half of 2019 with a 10% average return.
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