Finance Watch: Restructurings, Layoffs Reflect Ongoing Uncertainty In Biotech
Even Pharma Feels Pinch As Astellas Takes Losses
Sio Gene, Genocea, Solid Biosciences, Saniona and Black Diamond join First Wave, Zosano, Vallon, Finch, Magenta, ProQR and Imara on the growing list of biopharma firms reducing headcount to make their cash last until valuations return to a level that may support new fundraising.
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Following two workforce cuts in 2022, Finch said it will cut its staff by 95%, halting a Phase III study of lead recurrent C. diff candidate CP101 and seeking to maximize shareholder value.
Aesther Healthcare Acquisition extended the deadline to merge with Ocean Biomedical, while Intrinsic Medicine no longer plans to go public by merging with a SPAC. In restructuring news, Otonomy begins liquidation, Celyad cuts last clinical program with cash running out and Clovis files for bankruptcy.
Mereo will reduce its headcount by 40% to focus on its lead programs while NeuBase revealed a 60% workforce reduction to extend its cash runway. Also, Invivyd (formerly Adagio), Greenlight and BioMarin announced job cuts, while Otonomy and others planned strategic shifts.