Finance Watch: A Dozen Deals Add Up To $672m In Biopharma Venture Capital
Three Mega-Rounds Account For Half Of Total
Ventus Therapeutics raised a $140m series C while Endeavor Biomedicines brought in $101m in series B cash. Also, Twist Bioscience grossed $250m in a follow-on offering, BioMarin raised $110m when it sold a priority review voucher and Nuvectis, TC BioPharm launched IPOs.
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