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While COVID-19 shocked global financial markets and is expected to impact biopharma fundraising, investment in drug developers continues, including through two new venture capital funds totaling nearly $2bn. Also, Coherus issues debt to fund deals and MOMA launches with $86m in VC cash.
The start-up incubated by Atlas Venture is focused on the delivery of nucleic acids and other molecules to skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscles. The Series A round will allow Dyne to take its lead program for myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) into the clinic.
Finance Watch has noted $1.1bn worth of venture capital deals so far in 2019. Meanwhile, public offerings continue to be muted by the US government shutdown, though Revance and others sold shares. Also, Five Prime and others reveal layoffs and strategic shifts.
In tandem with Roivant, Cincinnati Children’s launches spinout Aruvant focused on hematologic disorders and separately teams with BridgeBio on genetic disease therapies. Roivant spinout Axovant licenses gene therapy candidates from University of Massachusetts.