MoonLake Takes SPAC Route To Challenge Novartis's Cosentyx
Swiss Group Secures Deal With Helix
MoonLake of Switzerland is heading to the NASDAQ armed with $230m to take its tri-specific IL17A/IL-17F nanobody sonelokimab, acquired from Merck KGaA, into the highly competitive spaces of psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and hidradenitis suppurativa.
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Public Company Edition: Only nine drug developers went public in the US, raising $807m in the first quarter, versus 32 IPOs raising $5.2bn in Q1 of last year. Also, MoonLake closed its SPAC merger, Sanofi priced €650m in sustainability-linked bonds in €1.5bn note sale, and Kaleido will cease operations.
Public Company Edition: Also, Roivant and two other biopharma firms close SPAC mergers and begin trading on the Nasdaq, Spero negotiated a royalty financing worth up to $125m and Phathom secured a $200m term loan.
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