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IPO Year In Review: Record-Year Bodes Well For 2021, And For More SPACs

86 Drug Developers Raised $17bn, Generated 86% Average Return

Executive Summary

Biopharma was an attractive investment in 2020 and fundamentals are unchanged in 2021, including the pandemic’s work-at-home requirements, which allowed more companies to go public faster.

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