SPACs Surge In 2020
Special Purpose Acquisition Companies Target Biopharma And Medtech: Infographic
Despite the COVID-19 chaos felt by many industries in 2020, biopharma IPOs recorded a banner year – including a marked rise in the use of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), also known as blank check companies.
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