Finance Watch: Investors Launch New SPACs After Initial Deals
Panacea II, CM Life Sciences III Complete IPOs
EcoR1 and Casdin/Corvex took their second and third special purpose acquisition corporations public. Also, Ionis sold notes to buy back older notes and fund operations as it cut 70% of Akcea’s staff. In venture capital, ValenzaBio raised $70m and RA boosted Metagenomi’s series A to $75m.
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Public Company Edition: Applied Molecular Transport, Scholar Rock, Agios and others join many of their peers in revising their strategies and downsizing their teams. Also, Zentalis grossed $200m from a follow-on offering and OKYO Pharma went public in the year’s smallest biopharma IPO in the US.
Private Company Edition: Flagship’s Pioneering Medicines initiative and the firm’s portfolio companies will deliver cystic fibrosis drug candidates. Also, recent venture capital financings include cloud technology firm Saama’s $430m round and Shoreline’s $140m in new funding.
New VC deals include a $60m series C-1 round for DiCE Molecules a day before it filed paperwork to support a $100m IPO and a $100m financing for China’s IONOVA Life Science. Also, RenovoRx was the 84th company to go public in the US this year and ADC Therapeutics executed a $325m royalty deal.