European biotechnology firms engaged in the discovery and development of therapeutics raised up to $2.15 billion in disclosed equity transactions during the second quarter, a drop of 36% on the same period of 2021. The closure of the IPO window was a major factor in the decline, but the completion of two sizeable special purpose acquisition company deals made up some of the shortfall. Listed firms raised slightly more in Q2 2022 than they did in the same period last year. Venture capital, although the single biggest source of equity funding during the quarter, was also down on the same period last year.
A tightening of rules for biotech listings on the Shanghai STAR Market may have contributed to a visible cool-down in biotech IPOs, with fewer listings in Chinese stock markets in the first half of 2022.
Mega Genomics Ltd. raised HK$153.4 million (US$20 million) in an initial public offering on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Its shares jumped 16.7% in the middle of the first trading day on June 22 and closed at HK$18 a share. Beijing-based Mega Genomics plans to allocate 30% of the proceeds to the sales, marketing, and commercialization of its consumer genetic testing and cancer screening services and products.