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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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Private Company Edition: Recent biopharma venture capital financings add up to $1.7bn, including a $135m crossover round for HilleVax after spinning out of Takeda in July to advance a norovirus vaccine, Skyhawk’s $133m in fresh funding and Obsidian’s $115m series B round.

Finance Watch: Five Biopharma IPOs Bring US Total To 60 In 2021

Public Company Edition: Almost halfway through the year, initial public offerings equal nearly three-quarters of the 2020 total. Also, Pardes is one of four new SPAC mergers; HUTCHMED launched an IPO in Hong Kong; and Zentalis, Theravance and BioXcel launched follow-on offerings.

Finance Watch: IPO Momentum Slows But Biopharma Stocks Get An ASCO Bump

Public Company Edition: There was just one initial public offering during the past two weeks, but another biotech-focused SPAC went public and Gingko Bioworks announced a high-value SPAC merger. Also, Insmed and Dynavax offerings led recent public company financings.

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