Finance Watch: The Growing $100m-Plus VC Club
Private Company Edition: Venture capital mega-rounds continue to add up, including recent financings for Connect Biopharma ($115m) and Synthego ($100m). Also, Civilization Ventures closed a new $35m fund and Triumvira launched with $55m.
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Public Company Edition: Instil Bio, Connect Biopharma, Finch Therapeutics, Gain Therapeutics and four heath care-focused SPACs launched initial public offerings; Endo raised $1.3bn via note sale; and Rubius Therapeutics, Solid Biosciences and others priced follow-on offerings.
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.
Another victim of the COVID-pandemic, Celgene's $9-per-share contingent value right tied to BMS obtaining approval of three drugs goes unrealized due to FDA travel restrictions slowing down site inspections. Clene goes public, United Therapeutics buys PRV from Y-mAbs.