Finance Watch: VC Mega-Rounds Fund Wide Array, From Respiratory To Rare Diseases
Forbion Closed Its Fifth Fund, Bringing In €460m ($556.1m)
Private Company Edition: China-focused Nuance Pharma led recent venture capital deals with a $181m series D round, RayzeBio closed a $105m series B and SciNeuro launched with $100m plus other notable rounds from Edgewise, Reneo, BioAge and others.
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BioFactura, which is already using its ‘StableFast’ technology platform to develop its biosimilar ustekinumab candidate, has allied with fellow US-based biotech Rani Therapeutics to see if the biologic can be formulated into Rani’s proprietary ‘robotic’ pill.
ARM counts $14.1bn in fundraising in the first half of 2021, up 35% from mid-year 2020. Also, Chinese mRNA players Abogen raises a $700m series C venture capital round, Pfizer prices a $1bn sustainability bond and while IPOs slow in the US, China and South Korea see new first-time offerings.
Public Company Edition: This year is just six initial public offerings away from matching 2020’s record-breaking total of 86 biopharma IPOs in the US. Also, Idorsia raised $662.5m through the sale of convertible bonds and Cytokinetics closed a $316.3m follow-on offering.