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Finance Watch: SPACs Lose Their Luster As Difficulties Mount

Public Company Edition: While panelists at Biotech Showcase argued merging with a special purpose acquisition corporation is not as attractive as it used to be, firms continue to pursue this go-public alternative. Also, Hillstream launched a small IPO and Cytokinetics accessed cash from Royalty Pharma. 

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Finance Watch: Mega-Rounds Add Up To Another Record Year For Biopharma VC Funding

Private Company Edition: NVCA and Pitchbook data show pharma and biotech companies raised $37.8bn in venture capital in 2021, up 41% from the record $26.8bn total in 2020. Recent mega-rounds include $190m for Maze and $200m for Alumis, and Sound Bioventures raised a €110m fund.

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Finance Watch: Amylyx, CinCor And Vigil Ready The First Biopharma IPOs Of 2022

Public Company Edition: Mergers with special purpose acquisition corporations also continue to take companies public, with three new SPAC offerings in late 2021. Also, Xeris raised $30m in a private placement of stock to support its recently approved drug and Sirnaomics went public in Hong Kong.

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Finance Watch: Two Years Later, $212m More Cash For Omega’s New Life Science Fund

Private Company Edition: Omega Funds closed its seventh venture capital fund, far exceeding its $500m goal. Also, Anaveon raised a CHF110m ($119.8m) series B round, Ambys brought its series A total to $107m with $47m in additional investment and Mythic launched with a $103m series B round.

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Finance Watch: Five More Small IPOs Squeeze Through The US Window

Public Company Edition: Genenta, Cingulate, ImmixBio, Bionomics and NeuroSense launched initial public offerings, grossing just $118m between them. But Amylyx, with a recently filed ALS drug, has filed to raise up to $100m. In follow-on offerings, Legend took advantage of ASH goodwill to raise $300m. 

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Finance Watch: Four New VC Funds Provide $1.3bn For Biotech Start-Ups

Private Company Edition: Newpath Partners’ second fund totals $350m, Merck KGaA committed €600m to M Ventures, Eir Ventures raised €122.3m and Breakout Ventures has $112.5m. Recent financings were led by SOTIO ($317.5m), Odyssey ($218m), Avistone ($200m) and Acepodia ($109m).

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Finance Watch: Biopharma IPOs Slow But SPACs Back On The Go

Public Company Edition: It has been almost a month since a biopharma firm launched an IPO in the US, but special purpose acquisition corporations continue to take drug makers public, including Alvotech and Aerami. Outside the US, MaaT closed an IPO in Paris and BeiGene priced a Shanghai offering.

Financing Business Strategies

Finance Watch: Dementia Discovery Fund’s Behr Sees Early Investments Reviving Neuroscience Interest

Private Company Edition: Scrip spoke with DDF US partner Jonathan Behr about the convergence of emerging science, venture capital investment and rising big pharma interest in neurodegeneration. Also, in recent VC financings HotSpot raised $100m, while Curie and Ablaze debuted with $75m each. 

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Finance Watch: Venture Capital Drives Record-Breaking Year For Cell And Gene Therapies

Private Company Edition: Recent VC financings across biopharma sectors include three major mega-rounds as Generate Biomedicines bringing in $370m, followed by $250m for Acelyrin and $125m for Chroma Medicine. Also, Treadwell raised a $91m series B and Ncardia brought in $60m-plus.

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Finance Watch: IPOs Slow As The US Holiday Season Begins

Public Company Edition: SVB Leerink predicts a rebound from an ongoing trough in biotech stock valuations during the second quarter of 2022. Also, Vaxxinity launched the third US IPO of November, bringing the year’s total to 102 and BridgeBio led recent financings with a $750m debt agreement. 

Financing Business Strategies

Finance Watch: Arbor, Acrivon, Bit.Bio Close VC Mega-Rounds

Private Company Edition: Arbor is developing drugs based on proprietary gene editors, Acrivon is applying proteomics to precision cancer therapies, and bit.bio is producing differentiated cell products. Also, Marengo launches with $80m, Sanofi invests up to $60m in Gyroscope and Shasqi raises $50m.

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Finance Watch: Evotec, LianBio, IO Biotech Launch IPOs, Bringing US Total To 101

Public Company Edition: Blade will merge with a special purpose acquisition corporation to go public, Bluebird spins out 2seventy with $442m in cash and Compass raises $125m in a move to the Nasdaq. 

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