Finance Watch: Kronos Bio IPO Raises $250m To Fund Novel Cancer Drugs
Initial public offerings by Norbert Bischofberger’s start-up as well as Spruce Biosciences and Shattuck Labs bring the US total to 64 in 2020. Also, the pipeline of health care SPACs is growing, Everest and Genor went public in Hong Kong, Idorsia leads recent follow-on offerings and Corbus cuts jobs.
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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.
Public Company Edition: Outside the US, Zai Lab raised more in its recent Hong Kong initial public offering – $766.4m – than PMV, Prelude, Taysha, Graybug and Greenwich combined. Also, Gilead priced debt to fund its $21bn Immunomedics buy and ADC Therapeutics raised $204m.