SPAC Mergers Take Biopharmas Public, But Valuations Often Sag Post-Closing
Deals Give Stock Market Access Without IPO
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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Good news in the biopharma industry and the US economy gave public drug developers the boost they needed to raise cash, including Karuna’s $750m offering. Private company financings slowed during the second week of August, but Prellis and Vector BioPharma raised venture capital.
Less than two year after going public by a SPAC merger, Gemini will reverse merge with hematology-focused Disc. Bristol Myers Squibb and GentiBio will join forces on Treg development for inflammatory bowel disorders.