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Finance Watch: Fundraising Shows Preference For Later-Stage Companies

Recent financings, including the $150m launch of Pathalys and a planned $100m IPO for Mineralys, illustrate the reality of biopharma funding in 2023 – that having near-term clinical trial milestones are key to fundraising this year. Companies with dwindling cash are conserving the funds they have left.

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Finance Watch: Sun Shines On Biotech Stocks As J.P. Morgan Ends

Public Company Edition: Also, Johnson & Johnson’s consumer health spin-out Kenvue filed paperwork to get the ball rolling on an initial public offering. In addition, Geron raised $198m and Madrigal accessed more than $300m after positive trial readouts, but layoffs were revealed by Editas, Elevation, Nabriva and others.

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Finance Watch: VC Round Extensions Attractive While Stock Market Wobbles

Private Company Edition: While Coya Therapeutics raised $15.25m in the final initial public offering in the US last year, Apnimed stayed private raising $80m in a series C extension and Metagenomi extended its series B by $100m to total $275m.

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Finance Watch: Early VC Forecast Predicts Reduced Investment In 2023

Private Company Edition: Pitchbook is out with an early look at its venture capital expectations for next year, showing continued interest in seed financings and fewer $100m-plus mega-rounds. Recent VC deals include a $75m series B financing for Alpha-9 Theranostics and $71.6m for A2 Biotherapeutics. 

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Finance Watch: SPAC Deals Stumble, Layoffs Continue As Valuations Struggle To Recover

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.

Financing Restructuring

Finance Watch: Public Biopharma Firms Take Advantage Of Relative Upswing

Public Company Edition: Prometheus brought in $500m from a follow-on offering after reporting positive mid-stage results for its TL1A inhibitor. Even Novavax, struggling to make money from its COVID-19 vaccine, raised cash in dual offerings, but its valuation dropped significantly afterward.

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Finance Watch: $1.32bn In New Biopharma VC Financings As Year-End Approaches

Private Company Edition: In recent weeks, 19 companies disclosed venture capital funding of $20m or more, including FogPharma with a $178m series D round and Apogee’s $169m launch. Also, Avalon BioVentures spun out of Avalon Ventures with a $135m fund.

Financing Innovation

Finance Watch: No New IPOs, But Two Firms Take The SPAC Route

Public Company Edition: NewAmsterdam grossed $328m in its SPAC merger, while Liminatus may raise up to $316m in a new SPAC deal. Also, Intellia and Iveric grossed $300m each in follow-on offerings, bluebird sold a PRV for $102m and MEI ends zandelisib development resulting in layoffs.

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Finance Watch: CG Oncology, MBX, Jnana Bring In VC Mega-Rounds

Private Company Edition: In the latest round of $100m-plus venture capital financings, CG Oncology, MBX Biosciences and Jnana Therapeutics raised $120m, $115m and $107m, respectively. Also, MVM Partners closed a $500m fund and former Sage CEO leads incubator ABio-X in Massachusetts.

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Finance Watch: Acrivon Adjusts Expectations To Launch $99.4m IPO

Public Company Edition: Acrivon launched the 20th biopharma IPO in the US for 2022. Also, Q3 updates reveal job cuts at Tricida, Harpoon, Neoleukin and more; APIM Therapeutics will reverse merge with Nordic Nanovector; plus other follow-on offerings, royalty deals and a sale-leaseback. 

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Finance Watch: Emalex Raises $250m To Fund Phase III Tourette’s Trial

Private Company Edition: The Paragon Biosciences-founded Emalex previously raised $35m when ecopipam was in Phase II. Also, Catalio Capital launches a “special situations” fund, Zenas raises $118m to develop a pipeline of autoimmune disease treatments and Lusaris emerges with $60m.

Financing Innovation

Finance Watch: PTC Secures Up To $1bn In Funding From Blackstone

Public Company Edition: PTC will get $350m up front as part of an initial $500m commitment. Also, while Biohaven and Vaxcyte launched traditional follow-on offerings, Recursion and Agios took the private placement and royalty sale routes, while others revealed job cuts and other strategic updates. 

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