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Finance Watch: Biopharma VC Deals Hit New Record Of $27.4bn In 2020

Prior Record Was $19.8bn In 2018; 2021 Off To A Strong Start

Executive Summary

Private Company Edition: Last year set a high bar for venture capital, but this year is starting strong. Recent VC mega-deals include $500m for EQRx and $230m-plus for Tessera Therapeutics. Also, BioGeneration Ventures closed a €140m ($170.2m) fund and NewAmsterdam raised a $196m series A.

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