Finance Watch: Biotech Venture Capital Had Its Biggest Quarter Ever
Will 2021 Be Another Record-Breaking Year?
Private Company Edition: VC mega-rounds boosted the Q1 2021 total. Also, new funds from Versant, The Column Group and Rapha Capital keep cash flowing into biopharma; up to $525m is invested in Exscientia; and Arch Oncology and Boundless Bio raised $105m each, while Forge brought in $120m.
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Private Company Edition: 5AM revealed two funds totaling $450m and $300m, V-Bio raised a €110m venture capital fund and AXA IM Alts committed $500m for health care private equity deals. Also, TRIANA launched with $110m and the AMR Action Fund backs Adaptive Phage Therapeutics.
Private Company Edition: NVCA and Pitchbook data show pharma and biotech companies raised $37.8bn in venture capital in 2021, up 41% from the record $26.8bn total in 2020. Recent mega-rounds include $190m for Maze and $200m for Alumis, and Sound Bioventures raised a €110m fund.
Also, two more health care-focused SPACs went public, Centessa obtained up to $300m in debt, three new venture capital funds launched and Intergalactic debuted with a $75m series A round.