FUNDING ROUNDUP: One startup, six public companies raise cash
This article was originally published in Scrip
'Tis the season to raise money, apparently.
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Offerings by Homology, Unum and Genprex at the end of March brought the first quarter's biopharma IPO total to 14 in the US, putting 2018 on track to beat the 2017 total of 42. But with the average return for this year's IPOs dropping, the pace of offerings could slow.
Public Company Edition: Drug developers continue to take advantage of investors’ preference for biotechnology investments, with CRISPR, Acceleron and BioNTech raising massive sums. The wealth isn’t spreading to everyone, however, as DBV Technologies is restructuring and cutting jobs.
Private Company Edition: BioGeneration closed a €105m ($119m) fund to continue backing new European companies, while Samsara BioCapital, Evotec and KCK Ltd. launched the virtual incubator Autobahn Labs. Also, Poseida, Annexon and Goldfinch close $100m-plus VC rounds.