Finance Watch: One Small Pain Drug Maker And Three Biotech SPACs Launch IPOs
After a brief lull in US initial public offerings, PainReform and three special purpose acquisition companies kicked off September’s IPOs. Also, Immunovant offering grossed $173.9m, Carlyle Group bought 5% stake in China’s Salubris and Erasca increased its series B to $236m.
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The cancer drug developer was planning to go public later this year, but its series B investor Boxer Capital proposed a merger with its special purpose acquisition corporation, BCTG Acquisition.
EcoR1 and Casdin/Corvex took their second and third special purpose acquisition corporations public. Also, Ionis sold notes to buy back older notes and fund operations as it cut 70% of Akcea’s staff. In venture capital, ValenzaBio raised $70m and RA boosted Metagenomi’s series A to $75m.