Although, the appetite for biopharma IPOs in the U.S. slowed during the meltdown of the financial markets in March, the flow of new offerings has been steady this year, according to BioWorld, with 11 companies graduating to the public stage and listing on U.S. exchanges by the end of April, collectively raising $1.774 billion along the way. This amount is 9.5% higher than the $1.62 billion raised from 15 U.S. biopharma IPOs completed in the same period last year.
Revolution Medicines Inc. (NASDAQ:RVMD) shares closed at $28.90, a 70% jump above the $17 price in its upsized IPO of 14 million shares, which raised $238 million, showing further confidence in the Redwood City, Calif.-based company’s bid to blast cancer targets once deemed “undruggable.”
Amgen Inc. and Revolution Medicines Inc. will collaborate on a clinical trial evaluating the combination of RMC-4630, Revolution's SHP2 inhibitor, and Amgen's AMG-510, a KRAS-G12C inhibitor. Amgen will conduct the phase Ib trial to treat patients with advanced solid tumors harboring the KRAS G12C mutation and Revolution will provide Amgen with RMC-4630.