Finance Watch: DRI Healthcare’s Canadian IPO Enables More Royalty Deals
Firm Raises $400m, Pursues Opportunities Across All Therapeutic Areas
Public Company Edition: US initial public offerings are reawakening from a brief nap as Prometheus and Longboard prepare IPOs for launch. Also, Halozyme sells $700m worth of notes and Karuna’s $250m stock sale leads recent follow-on offerings.
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Private Company Edition: Clover’s $230m financing was the largest of recent mega-rounds. Century Therapeutics ($160m), Vividion ($135m) and eGenesis ($125m) also raised big rounds and investors Foresite Capital ($969m), Sofinnova Partners ($540m) and OMX Ventures ($150m) raised new VC funds.
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.
Public Company Edition: 2020 started with two $200m-plus initial public offerings plus five health care-focused special purpose acquisition corporations IPOs. Also, a Pfizer initiative backs three public companies, Fate’s $432m offering led recent FOPOs and Biocon Biologics receives more investment.