BIO 2022 Notebook: Staying Afloat In Rough Waters
News and views from day two of the BIO annual meeting include reflections on the ups and downs of the financing environment, Cerevance CEO Craig Thomson on the challenges of raising VC funds right now, and Bayer business development exec Marianne de Backer explains that it's not a good strategy to buy things just because they are on sale.
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Private Company Edition: Biomedtracker found that 53% of financings during the first quarter were venture capital deals versus 32% in Q1 of last year. Also, Qiming closed a $260m fund, Transition Bio raised a $50m series A round, ProfoundBio completed a $70m series A+ and MycoMedica raised $60m.
Public Company Edition: Applied Molecular Transport, Scholar Rock, Agios and others join many of their peers in revising their strategies and downsizing their teams. Also, Zentalis grossed $200m from a follow-on offering and OKYO Pharma went public in the year’s smallest biopharma IPO in the US.
Public Company Edition: Only nine drug developers went public in the US, raising $807m in the first quarter, versus 32 IPOs raising $5.2bn in Q1 of last year. Also, MoonLake closed its SPAC merger, Sanofi priced €650m in sustainability-linked bonds in €1.5bn note sale, and Kaleido will cease operations.