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CureVac, a German Phase 1 biotech company developing mRNA-based cancer therapies and vaccines as well as a potential coronavirus vaccine, announced terms for its IPO.
Why it matters: COVID-19 is the biggest story in the world right now and any company that can potentially contribute to the fight is a big deal.
- It plans to raise $200 million by offering 13.3 million shares at a price range of $14 to $16. The company plans to raise an additional $118 million in a concurrent private placement to insider Dietmar Hopp. At the midpoint of the proposed range, CureVac would command a market value of $2.6 billion.
- It plans to list on the Nasdaq under the symbol CVAC.
- BofA Securities, Jefferies, Credit Suisse, Berenberg and Kempen are the joint bookrunners on the deal.
The bottom line: The more vaccines in the pipeline, the better the chances of curbing this.