Finance Watch: Flagship Raises $824m To Speed Growth Of Its Portfolio Companies
Private Company Edition: The VC firm and start-up factory Flagship Pioneering brings in new cash for existing investments, tapping into investors eager to back "big, bold platform ideas" in the life sciences. Also, new financings include $100m-plus deals for Harmony and Beam.
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Private Company Edition: BIO comments suggest definitions of personal data expand the scope of foreign investments in biotech companies that must be reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Also, NeuroRx’s $95m deal leads recent private financings.
VC deals totaled $8.3bn in the first half of 2019, but the year's total rose to just $11.5bn at the end of September, reflecting only a $3.2bn third quarter gain. Among recent financings, Cygnal emerged from stealth mode with $65m invested to date.
Only 16 drug developers that went public in the US during the first three quarters are trading in positive territory. While the IPO queue keeps growing, ADC Therapeutics and Monopar cite "market conditions" as they postpone their offerings.