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Finance Watch: Blackstone Closes $1.6bn Fund To Back Commercial-Stage Companies

Follow-On To $4.6bn Fund Raised In 2020

Executive Summary

Public Company Edition: Blackstone Life Sciences Yield will finance approved products, while the firm’s prior fund supports late-stage programs. Also, Coeptis will merge with a SPAC, Bausch + Lomb secured post-IPO debt, and BioXcel revealed a $260m financing and new subsidiary.

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