Korean Bioventures Suffer Q2 Financing Drought
VC Investment Drops, Only One IPO
Weak financing sentiment for Korean bioventures continues this year with sharply lower fund inflows from venture capital and other investors, as well as delayed or withdrawn IPOs, in Q2. Amyloid Solution, Rznomics, and UPPthera were among the top fundraisers.
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Plus deals involving Shionogi/ Grünenthal, CR Biopharma/ImmVira, Elevation Oncology/CSPC, Everest Medicines/TTY Biopharm and Dr. Reddy’s/Slayback
Experts shared views at a recent conference in Seoul on how the Korean biopharma industry has evolved and what needs to be done to move forward in the next 10 years. Policy efficiency and family ownership in the sector came in for particular scrutiny, with some calling for sweeping changes.
Among the strong performers, Hanmi benefitted from growth for in-house-developed metabolic disease drugs and China cold syrup sales and Daewoong was boosted by exports of botulinum toxin, while Boryung reported record quarterly sales helped by its flagship antihypertensive.