Finance Watch: A SPACtacular Week For Biopharma Deals And Dollars
Public Company Edition: Four health care special purpose acquisition vehicles went public and two others announced mergers, but only one biopharma firm priced an IPO during the week of 19-23 October. Replimune’s $250m offering led recent FOPOs.
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Former Novartis CEO Jimenez co-founded Aditum with former NIBR president Mark Fishman; they raised $133m and are launching Tempero Bio. Also, Atea, Galecto and SQZ went public along with one more health care SPAC, Royalty Pharma upped its Vertex royalty revenues and Mirati’s FOPO raised $926.3m.
While Amgen said the Phase III GALACTIC-HF results for omecamtiv mecarbil did not meet its high expectations for the heart failure candidate, Cytokinetics sees a path to treating certain patients.
Olema launched this year’s 76th US biopharma IPO. Also, investments in regenerative medicines reached a new high, Qiming closed a $1.2bn China-focused VC fund, D3 Bio led recent venture deals with a $200m round, and Bausch sold $2bn worth of notes to pay down near-term debts.