Finance Watch: Big VC Money Backs Tech-Enabled Drug Discovery
Private Company Edition: XtalPi raised $318.8m for its AI-based drug discovery platform and machine learning-enabled Flagship start-up Valo Health has brought in nearly $100m. XtalPi had one of three recent venture capital mega-rounds for China-based companies.
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Biotech stock indices have seen a recent recovery but remain well below their 2021 peaks raising questions about the likelihood of raising money for R&D. The number of companies announcing leadership changes, shifting pipeline priorities and job cuts is rising as a result.
Plus deals involving Aculys/Neurelis, Xtalpi/Excelra, Abbisko/Lilly, Daiichi Sankyo/Cosette, Mitsubishi Tanabe/ADC Therapeutics and PersonGen/Transgene.
Private Company Edition: The latest $100m-plus VC financings include $112.5m for PepGen, Deep Genomics’ $180m series C round and a $166m series D for Rakuten Medical. Also, Lumira Ventures raised a $220m fourth fund and will manage a separate $35m fund backed by Angelini Pharma.