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SPAC Mergers Take Biopharmas Public, But Valuations Often Sag Post-Closing

Deals Give Stock Market Access Without IPO

Executive Summary

Merging with a special purpose acquisition corporation is a viable funding tool, but it may not be the best choice for drug developers far from key milestones.

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