Finance Watch: 2020 Cell And Gene Therapy Funding Already Bests 2019
Private Company Edition: The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine’s half-year report shows the sector raised $10.7bn in the first half of 2020 versus $9.8bn raised in all of 2019. Also, DCVC Bio closed a $350m fund, new incubator opportunities and VC mega-deals for Dyne and Atomwise.
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Public Company Edition: Outside the US, Zai Lab raised more in its recent Hong Kong initial public offering – $766.4m – than PMV, Prelude, Taysha, Graybug and Greenwich combined. Also, Gilead priced debt to fund its $21bn Immunomedics buy and ADC Therapeutics raised $204m.
ES: Public Company Edition: Fifty biopharma companies launched initial public offerings in the US last year and there have been 52 so far in 2020, including Metacrine, Dyne, Athira and COMPASS.
Public Company Edition: The former Allergan CEO is taking a special purpose acquisition corporation public to generate $460m for deals in familiar biopharma niches. Also, IPOs are expected to keep up a robust pace in the fall and Albireo raises $160m on the success of its drug for pediatric liver diseases.