Erytech is poised to become the latest in a long line of European biotechs to head to Wall Street in search of cash. The proposal marks an escalation of the cancer biotech's long-running flirtation with U.S. investors, which has already seen it set up on the OTC market and tap stateside sources for its previous fundraising round.
The venture money machine backing the biotech industry in the U.S. was operating in overdrive during the second quarter, generating a record amount of investing in new drug development as IPOs continue their romp in the third year of a wide-open market.
Now that billionaire entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong has taken control of tiny ConkWest and steered it toward a $173 million IPO, he's adding a makeover to the name that will fit more easily under the fast-growing NantWorks umbrella he's created.
Working off of an $80 million crossover round with newly won boasting rights to the FDA's breakthrough therapy designation in hand, Brisbane, CA-based Aimmune Therapeutics is wasting no time in diving into the heated IPO waters for biotech. The biotech filed plans to raise $115 million on Nasdaq, the latest in a scrum of developers anxious to tap into the long-running boom market.
Boulder, CO-based Nivalis Therapeutics rode the hot market for biotech IPOs to a $77 million windfall, banking on a very early-stage cystic fibrosis effort that's looking to ride on the coattails of a new combo therapy from Vertex.
Microbiome pioneer Seres Therapeutics is taking its promising lead therapy and the high expectations for an emerging field in biotech and heading to Wall Street, where it hopes to raise $100 million in an IPO that is likely to provide another litmus test of investors' appetite for new drug technologies.
Death and taxes may both be unavoidable, but Kite Pharma CEO Arie Belldegrun at least knows how to limit the pain on part of that equation.
Adaptimmune Therapeutics has become one of the brightest hopes in the U.K. biotech scene, scoring a $350 million collaboration pact with GlaxoSmithKline and a whopping $104 million venture round. Now Adaptimmune--a 2014 Fierce 15 company--will see if it can keep the hot streak rolling with a $150 million IPO pitch.
Biotech VC stalwart Flagship Ventures put together a $537 million new fund, its largest ever, with eyes on a new generation of life sciences upstarts.
The U.K.'s Summit Therapeutics is elbowing its way into the race to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, pulling off a $34 million U.S. IPO to fund its research.