Finance Watch: New Private Funding Available Across The Spectrum For Biopharma Firms
Despite Public Market Turmoil, Venture And Other Cash Is Flowing
Cash is available for start-up, growth-stage and public companies through Texas Medical Center’s newly doubled venture fund, a pandemic preparedness initiative and new VC funds. In recent financings, Nutcracker closed a $167m series C round and 2Seventy raised $170m in a private placement.
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Public Company Edition: An IPO and three big follow-on offerings hit the market but other public companies revealed plans to cut costs or reprioritize their R&D pipelines, signaling that uncertainty remains.
Public Company Edition: The last biopharma IPO in the US was on 17 February and none have been scheduled, so far, for March. Also, another SPAC merger is called off, Travere sells $275m worth of notes and Xeris secures $150m in new debt, while Ovid, Passage Bio and others are cutting jobs.