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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Shuttle Pharmaceuticals and PaxMedica launch two small initial public offerings in the US as the market awaits a significant IPO. Also, Assertio closed a $70m follow-on offering, Codiak restructures and cuts jobs, and Vilya emerges with $50m in series A venture capital.
Restructuring Updates: Homology implemented modest job cuts as it ended a gene therapy trial, while ProQR revealed its second round of layoffs this year and Synthetic Biologics shifted focus to oncolytic virus pipeline. Also, Bolt, MacroGenics and others deprioritized programs in their Q2 updates.