Finance Watch: VC Mega-Deals Launch Biopharma Firms With New Takes On CV, Genetic Diseases
Anthos premiers with $250m from Blackstone and cardiovascular disease assets and expertise from Novartis, while Maze brings in $191m for drugs that target gene modifiers. In public company financings, Sage raises $575m ahead of Zulresso approval decision.
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The Swiss group has decided to launch FerGene with the private equity giant to give the gene therapy nadofaragene firadenovec, which has a priority review at the FDA, a better chance for a successful launch in the US.
The VC firm known for its new company formation efforts will launch 10-12 biopharma, device and diagnostic ventures with its fifth fund. Also, EpimAb raises a $74m series B round, three more drug developers join the IPO queue and Amicus leads recent follow-on offerings.
In a review of biopharma start-up dealmaking and financing activity from January through March, based on data from Strategic Transactions, Anthos completed the largest venture capital round in the first quarter, raising $250m.