Finance Watch: Brent Saunders Plots Return To Deal-Making With A SPAC IPO
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.
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Public Company Edition: Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody partner AbCellera launched one of the biggest IPOs of 2020, bringing in $483m. Also, two more SPACs went public; Sinovac, Biocryst and Kura Oncology arranged large financings; and Viatris plans post-merger layoffs.
Public Company Edition: Codiak, Kiromic, Aligos and Opthea have fallen below their initial public offering values, while Tarsus and Praxis are trading higher. Also, 5AM, MPM and Cormorant took biotech SPACs public and Evotec led recent non-IPO financings with a €250m private placement.
Pipeline Watch is a weekly snapshot of selected late-stage clinical trial events and approvals announced by pharmaceutical and biotech companies at medical and industry conferences, in financial and company presentations, and in company releases and statements.