Deal Watch: NewAmsterdam To Take On Amgen’s Stalled CETP Inhibitor
New company licenses obicetrapib from Amgen after previous companies’ setbacks in CETP class and works with FDA on a Phase III protocol. BMS buys protein-engineering specialist Forbius.
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Private Company Edition: VC mega-rounds boosted the Q1 2021 total. Also, new funds from Versant, The Column Group and Rapha Capital keep cash flowing into biopharma; up to $525m is invested in Exscientia; and Arch Oncology and Boundless Bio raised $105m each, while Forge brought in $120m.
Private Company Edition: Last year set a high bar for venture capital, but this year is starting strong. Recent VC mega-deals include $500m for EQRx and $230m-plus for Tessera Therapeutics. Also, BioGeneration Ventures closed a €140m ($170.2m) fund and NewAmsterdam raised a $196m series A.