China’s May fundraising indicates interest in early-stage biotech
Shi Yingzi · 06/20/2022
Chinese investors showed more support for young startups in May 2022 as four of them raised over RMB100 million each in early financing rounds, while late-stage drugmakers found fundraising more challenging than ever. Financing activity in May was also the weakest this year, with the least deals and lowest amount.
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Pediatric drug development a new investment area in China
Shi Yingzi · 05/19/2022
A drugmaker specializing in medicines for children raising nearly $15.7 million in April 2022 shows a shifting interest toward this area. Early-stage biotech companies also made up 18 of the 27 financing deals.
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RNA therapies making a comeback in March as China battles Omicron
Shi Yingzi · 04/18/2022
As China battles its worst COVID outbreak, investors have turned their attentions to RNA-based therapies again. But this time, companies are flogging their platform technologies rather than specific programs.
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Chinese investors’ interest in cell and gene therapy remains strong
Shi Yingzi · 03/15/2022
Cell therapy and gene therapy companies extended a trend from the second half of 2021 by making up 11 of the 21 financing deals in February. PharmaDJ expects this trend to continue throughout the year.
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Cell and gene therapies are making gradual gains with Chinese investors
Shi Yingzi · 02/18/2022
Chinese investors continued to show an interest in innovative drugmakers in the New Year with 41 closing a financing round in January. Companies developing cell and gene therapies were at the forefront, receiving 29% of all disclosed funding.
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Massive series A rounds in December 2021 highlight new R&D trends
Shi Yingzi · 01/17/2022
Several big series A financing in December warrant attention, as they speak of a wider trend for drug innovation in China. Big pharmaceutical companies are sharing risks, and scientists are creating a mRNA platform.
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mRNA and CNS mark November biotech fundraising in China
Shi Yingzi · 12/08/2021
Chinese drugmakers raised $1.26 billion in 28 financing rounds in November, representing the third highest amount of funds raised this year. This was mainly attributed to mRNA vaccine maker Abogen Biosciences’ $300 million series C+ round and CNS specialist Ignis Therapeutics’ $180 million series A round.
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COVID-19 vaccine makers lose luster in October
Shi Yingzi · 11/12/2021
As vaccination rates continue to rise and therapeutic drugs for COVID-19 are coming to the market, vaccine makers are taking a hit, as reflected by their lackluster financing performance in October.
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September fundraising puts cell therapy and immuno-oncology in the spotlight
PharmaDJ · 10/15/2021
Chinese drugmakers closed 33 financing rounds in September, raising over $1.05 billion. Oncolytic virus therapies developer Virogin Biotech and two CAR-T therapy developers were the biggest fundraisers.
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