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Mandy Jackson

Mandy Jackson is the US West Coast Editor for Scrip Intelligence. Mandy reports on daily biopharma news and regularly interviews everyone from big pharma CEOs to biotech startup founders about the business strategy behind their finance, dealmaking and drug development news. She also has an interest in drug pricing and novel reimbursement strategies, new treatments in areas of true unmet need, and business development trends. Mandy has been a business news reporter for more than 15 years, covering biotech and pharma companies, biotech law and commercial real estate. She is based in San Diego, California – the venue for many medical and biopharma industry meetings.

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Finance Watch: Seed/Series A Financings Benefit As Big Crossover Rounds Slow

Silicon Valley Bank data show a pullback in crossover financings but an increase in seed and series A venture capital rounds. In recent private company financings, CRO Novotech raised $760m. In public company financings, Eleusis will merge with a SPAC and the Bausch + Lomb IPO is on file with the SEC.

Finance Watch

ImmPACT Raises $110m As Bispecific CAR-T Shows Promising Response Rates

ImmPACT Bio is advancing three CAR-T technology platforms that aim to address problems such as antigen escape, off-target toxicities and the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment. 

Financing Innovation

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. 

Financing Business Strategies

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.

Financing Innovation

Deals Or No Deals, J.P. Morgan Sets The Tone For 2022

No big buyouts were revealed during the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference for a third year in a row. Big pharma firms are in acquisition mode, but execs stress desire for easy integrations and scientific alliances. 

Deals M & A

Lilly Braces For Impact Of CMS Draft Coverage Decision On Biogen’s Aduhelm

The draft national coverage determination, released shortly before Lilly CEO David Ricks spoke at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, said Medicare will cover anti-amyloid antibodies only for patients in clinical trials, severely limiting commercial potential for Biogen’s Aduhelm and near-term competitors.

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