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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.

Financing Business Strategies

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.

Financing Deals

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. 

Financing Business Strategies

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. 

Financing Business Strategies

Finance Watch: Mega-Rounds Balance Out Influx Of Smaller VC Deals

Private Company Edition: The amount of venture capital investment in biopharma companies has shrunk from quarter to quarter, but the average deal size remained high until the third quarter. Larger rounds from Treeline, Odyssey and Neumora offset a plethora of smaller VC financings early in Q4. 

Financing Innovation

Finance Watch: Prime Medicine Launches Second-Largest IPO In Second Half Of 2022

Public Company Edition: Prime Medicine raised $175m, making its offering the sixth-largest out of 19 biopharma IPOs in the US this year. Also, Oculis and AUM opted to go public via SPAC mergers, Insmed raised $775m from multiple financings and Dice capitalized on positive data with a $300m offering.

Financing Business Strategies

Finance Watch: With Limited Fundraising Options, Biotechs Restructure To Extend Cash Runways

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. 

Restructuring Financing

Finance Watch: Biopharma VC Funding Dips In Q3, Remains Relatively High For Year

Private Company Edition: Third quarter venture capital funding for biopharmaceutical firms fell from Q2, but activity remains near all-time highs year-to-date. Several companies announced VC financings in early October, including Ascidian, which launched with $50m in series A financing.

Financing Innovation

Finance Watch: SPAC Deals Emerge As IPO Market Goes Quiet Again

Public Company Edition: Direct Biologics, YishengBio and Estrella Biopharma will go public by merging with special purpose acquisition corporations. Also, Vir lands a government contract worth up to $1bn, Idorsia raises CHF164m ($167.4m) in a real estate deal and Adamis reviews alternatives.

Financing Business Strategies

Finance Watch: Rivus Raises $132m In Series B Cash To Fund Obesity Drug Trials

VC funding slowed recently, but public company financings kept up a brisk pace with follow-on public offerings for Allakos and Alpine, private placements for Ventyx and Syros, and Albireo’s royalty deal. In restructuring updates, Biogen raised $592m in a real estate deal and Acerus is assessing options.

Financing Growth

Finance Watch: VC Mega-Rounds Surge Again, Led By Acelyrin’s $300m Series C

Private Company Edition: Acelyrin will use its latest funding for Phase III development of izokibep in inflammatory diseases. Also, ArsenalBio raised $220m to take its programmable cell therapies into the clinic and RayzeBio’s $160m series D round will fund clinical trials for its radiopharmaceuticals. 

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