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While Forbion's new €360m venture capital fund and other investors have emerged to fund private and public companies, BARDA and other US agencies have been active supporters of biopharma firms in recent weeks. Also, KSQ grabs $80m in VC cash and VelosBios brings in $50m.
Biscayne and Japanese CRO SNBL create spin-outs to advance programs; liver disease specialist Ascletis gains funds as it shifts away from HCV; Neon gets $100m to put into its cancer vaccines; and other highlights of recent VC funding.
Venture capital investment fell $2.1bn to $7.79bn in 2016, but it was still the second-best year of VC funding for biopharma firms since 2006. Also, Venrock and Correlation closed new health care and technology funds and 10 companies raised $126.8m.
In Q3, biopharma financing totaled $7.4 billion, a large proportion of which was by rare disease developers; among the highlights in the $23 billion in M&As was Allergan's buying spree, including two NASH companies. Just over $20 billion went into biopharma alliance dealmaking, and neurology assets attracted many of the dollars.
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